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MSc in Groundwater and Global Change - Impacts and Adaptation

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Master Postgraduate Delft

Course description

Qualification Master of Science
Field of study Agriculture and environment
Course summary Joint Master Course with IST Lisbon and TU Dresden on interactions between groundwater, climate and global change, and how they need to be considered when dealing with adaptation.
Course description GroundwatCH seeks to offer a distinctive curriculum built on the cornerstones of hydro(geo)logy, climatology, impacts and adaptation, within a framework of human pressures, global change and feedback mechanisms. Innovation and excellence in GroundwatCH is stimulated by the collaboration between three European HEIs, each with a distinct profile providing added value to the course, namely through: i) the environmental engineering perspective provided by IST Lisbon, as well as the know-how of the CVRM Research Centre in semi-arid hydrogeology; ii) the international experience of IHE Delft in hydro(geo)logical research, education and capacity building in many countries across the globe; iii) the renowned expertise in climate and hydrology from TU Dresden with its well-matched combination of engineering, geo and natural sciences. GroundwatCH will further provide outstanding opportunities to deepen cooperation with associated partners. Universities from China, Colombia, Morocco and Uganda are associated to the programme, as well as over 15 non-academic partners, essential for course dissemination and development, MSc research, optimizing learning outcomes and employability.
Study subjects 1st sem.(IST): Groundwater Flow, Pollution and Protection, Water Resources and Environment, Policies, Ocean and Atmospheric Physics, IRBM 2nd sem. (UNESCO-IHE): Tracer Hydrology and Flow Systems Analysis, Groundwater Surveying and Modeling, Global Change Impacts and Adaptation 3rd sem. (TUD): Climate Systems and Modelling, Soil Water, Study Project IWRM, Optional subjects 4th sem.: Thesis study
Course objectives 1) Explain in detail how groundwater systems function; 2) Describe the interactions between groundwater systems, climate, surface waters and land use; 3) Use modelling tools for climate and groundwater systems; 4) Identify the consequences of predicted global and climate change impacts for groundwater management under uncertainty; 5) Plan groundwater-related adaptation solutions for global change.
ECTS credits 120.00
Duration 2 year(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes lecture, research, computer modeling, workshop, case study
Accreditation -
Erasmus Mundus programme This is an Erasmus Mundus programme.

About the institution

Department IHE Delft
Information about the institution IHE Delft Institute for Water Education is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world and the only institution in the UN system to confer accredited MSc degrees and promote PhDs. It offers degree programmes, short courses, online courses and tailor-made training. Since 1957 the Institute has provided graduate education to more than 15,000 water professionals from over 160 countries. More than 175 PhD candidates were promoted. IHE Delft is at the centre of a vast international network of water related institutions, and functions as an interface between knowledge networks and centres, public and private sector organizations, scientific and professional associations and other members of the international water community. The Institute runs a substantial number of joint MSc programmes implemented in partnership with universities around the globe. These joint programmes combine the strengths of the collaborating institutions and deliver either multiple degrees or a joint degree.


Admission requirements
  1. Preferably 2 to 3 years of practical or research work experience
  2. Relevant WO bachelor (academic bachelor) BSc degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant field from a recognised university
Language requirements
IELTS overall band 6
TOEFL internet based 87
TOEFL paper based 999
Professional experience required -
Duration 2 year(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
14 Sep 2020 1 Jun 2020 1 Jun 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)€ 18000€ 18000n.a.

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