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Water Cooperation and Diplomacy (with U-Peace and Oregon State Univ.)

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Master Postgraduate Delft

Course description

Qualification Master of Science
Field of study Agriculture and environment
Course summary Interdisciplinary program that brings a theoretical and historical understanding of conflict and peace dynamics and frames issues of water security in the broader context of environmental issues.
Course description The programme will adopt an interdisciplinary approach and provide participants with a theoretical and historical understanding of conflict and peace dynamics and frame issues of water security and cooperation in the broader context of environmental issues. The programme will provide tools (methodological, diplomatic and legal instruments) and training in a number of skills, such as negotiation skills. Additionally the programme will offer the unique opportunity to undertake fieldwork and hands-on experience in Costa Rica, The Netherlands and USA. Participants will be exposed to different case studies, involving diverse challenges and contexts at different scales.
Study subjects The following disciplines and fields are integrated in the programme: • Socio-hydrology: dialectic between social and hydrological processes; • Peace and conflict studies; • Environmental security; • Water governance and water conflict management; • Collaborative research and writing; • Negotiation skills; and • Law and diplomacy.
Course objectives - Articulate the complexities of socio-natural processes - Compare theories and dimensions of conflict and its avoidance, management and resolution - Critically analyse water disputes - Use an interdisciplinary approach to assess conflict management tools and techniques - Apply conflict management tools and design conflict resolution processes - Formulate conclusions and recommendations
ECTS credits 120.00
Duration 20 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, group assignment, group discussion, individual assignment, lecture, research
Accreditation -

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 or 3 years of practical or research work experience.
  2. undergraduate degree (academic bachelor level or higher) in a relevant discipline such as political science, economics, law, hydrology, engineering, geography or water resources.
Language requirements
IELTS overall band 7
Professional experience required -
Duration 20 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Aug 2020 31 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)€ 39106€ 39106n.a.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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