Introduction to the programme

The MSc track Water Management is part of the MSc programme in Civil Engineering. In this track there is a package of common courses (15EC) plus an ethics course (4EC). Moreover, students have to select specialisation courses totaling a minimum of 41 EC. In addition, students have to select elective courses (20 EC) or a combination of elective courses (10 EC) and an internship, additional thesis or a multidisciplinary project (10 EC). The MSc thesis is 40 EC. Several courses in the programme are available via Distance Learning.

The following figure and table give the general outline of the 2019 - 2020 programme.

Programme overview:

The common courses provide a broad basis across the fields of hydrology, water resources management and urban water engineering. Most are given in the first period of the academic year. Consequently, students do not have to decide on their specialisation right at the start of their MSc, but can do this later.

The specialisation courses (or profile courses) depend on the specialisation you choose. The department Water Management offers some 25 specialisation courses, meaning that within a specialisation you can select the courses that are of interest to you. In addition you can choose master courses from the tracks hydraulic engineering, environmental engineering, or geosciences and remote sensing. 

In the second year you will focus on the MSc thesis. This thesis is generally linked to your chosen specialisation. On top of that you can follow  elective courses and choose from the different special subjects. You can do either a traineeship, multidisciplinary project or additional thesis.

Hydrology focuses on the occurrence, distribution, movement and properties of the water on Earth and their relationship with the environment. You will learn how to measure, model and predict floods and droughts, precipitation and evaporation processes, and groundwater levels and flows.

Urban Water Engineering
Urban Water Engineering concentrates on water management in urban areas. Issues studied include urban design and asset management, urban flooding, urban groundwater problems, and the design, management and operation of sewers. Moreover, you will learn the basics of drinking water production and sewage treatment.

Water Resources Engineering
Water Resources Engineering focuses on the control and use of water flows. This comprises irrigation systems, polders, urban areas and entire river basins. You will learn how to model these systems, how they are currently managed, and how their management can be improved. This requires technical as well as ‘soft’ skills.