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Water Science and Management

Utrecht University

Master Postgraduate Utrecht

Course description

Qualification Master of Science
Field of study General programmes
Course summary Water Science and Management is the study of modern water management techniques and water policies from a sustainable development perspective.
Course description The two-year Master's programme in Water Science and Management gives students an in-depth understanding of modern water management techniques and water policies from a sustainable development perspective. Students gain an understanding of water's role with regard to humanity and nature as well as the societal impact of interventions in the water cycle. The programme integrates knowledge from natural and social sciences as a response to emerging needs in the field. Trends such as sustainable development, stakeholder participation, and economic accountability increasingly complicate the tasks of water managers. This has given rise to a need for water managers with a broad societal focus on water management issues, operating next to and in cooperation with more traditional and technical water managers. The Water Science and Management programme is an excellent choice for students who are interested in both the scientific analysis of the water system, and the application of water science in integrated and complex societal problems that occur in contemporary water management.
Study subjects The first year is devoted to basic knowledge and skills, which students acquire through eight courses. In the second year, the emphasis is on applying the acquired knowledge and skills in real-life situations in the professional field outside the University.
Course objectives The Water Science and Management programme trains students to be a water professional with both an understanding of the technical aspects of water management and the ability to implement this knowledge with an eye for societal needs. Students learn to view water management in light of sustainable development, taking into account the functions that water fulfills for humanity and nature, and consider technical innovations in view of societal costs and benefits.
ECTS credits 120.00
Duration 24 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, group discussion, group assignment, lecture, individual assignment, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, practicum, project, internship, tutorial, working group, self evaluation, self study
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About the institution

Department Faculty of Geosciences
Information about the institution Commitment, inspiration, ambition and independence are Utrecht University's core values. The University fosters its academic community through investment in staff and students.


Admission requirements
  1. Applicants should have at least a BSc in a relevant subject (e.g. Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Natural Sciences) or a BSc from University College Utrecht. You may be eligible for admission even if you have a degree other than the ones listed above. Your application will be evaluated on an individual basis. Any deficiencies in your previous education could be compensated by taking one or more Bachelor's modules prior to or at the start of the Master's programme.
Language requirements
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL computer based 237
TOEFL internet based 93
TOEFL paper based 580
Professional experience required -
Duration 24 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2020 1 Jun 2020 1 Apr 2020
1 Sep 2021 1 Jun 2021 1 Apr 2021
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)€ 2143€ 20473€ 13553

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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