Hydroinformatics engineers participate in defining, building and supplying the tools that enable decision-makers to manage aquatic resources and the environment. They work with engineers, scientists and people from other interest groups. This specialization is designed for hydraulic, environmental and water resources engineers from universities, consulting firms, research institutes, water boards and other government agencies. The typical participant uses or advises others in the use of mathematical models and hydroinformatics systems for planning, designing or managing the aquatic environment.
Students who successfully complete this programme will be awarded with an MSc degree in Water Science and Engineering by IHE Delft.
Start: 21 October 2021
Application deadline: 01 August 2021
After completing this specialization, you will be able to:
- Have a good understanding of the fundamentals of a range of physical processes, advanced modelling techniques and information technology for water management;
- Be able to select and use simulation models applied to water-based systems in a wide variety of hydraulic, hydrologic and environmental engineering situations;
- Be able to use current software tools, and know their advantages and limitations;
- Know how to design, develop and integrate decision-support systems and tools;
- Be able to provide advice to managers and users of advanced tools;
- Understand and practice collaborative work, making use of Internet-based platforms.
Structure & contents
This specialization consists of 14 modules covering a total of 12 months, this is followed by a 6-month research and thesis phase. Graduates of the programme will be awarded 106 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits.
October - AprilIHE Delft, The Netherlands
- Introduction to Water and Development Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Familiarize with the educational environment and procedures of IHE Delft and collaborate in multidisciplinary and intercultural teams
- Recognize and distinguish different ways of knowing and framing water questions and problems in order to appraise water challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective
- Reflect critically on water related interventions, formulate own standpoint and engage constructively in debates
- Place the specialized knowledge on own discipline into a broader understanding of water related issues, challenges, debates and developments
- Module 2 WSE (elective) Elective
- M3505 - Introduction to water science and engineering
- M3622 - Hydrology and hydraulics
- M3327 - Online course on Urban system analysis, planning and management: developing skills and attitudes agricultural water management
- Information Technology and Software Engineering Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Select and apply software tools to increase productivity
- Explain and apply the main operation principles of computers, networks and Internet
- Develop computer code for general and water-related problems, applying the main principles of software engineering and computer programming
- Describe the Python environment, explain its working philosophy and use it to perform basic operations and plots
- Modelling Theory and Computational Hydraulics Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Implement finite difference schemes to solve differential equations.
- Understand and explain the foundations of mathematical modelling, its relationship to systems and control theory, main modelling paradigms, selecting modelling software
- Understand and use main principles and methods of analysing and predicting models uncertainty; be able to develop computer code for analysing uncertainty of a hydrological model
- Identify differential equations, as well as indicating the nature of the initial and boundary conditions for well posed problems.
- Analyse a numerical scheme and indicate its behaviour, as well as implement different numerical schemes for solution of equations used in water related problems.
- Explain the structure of the 1D, 2D and 3D flow equations as representations of conservation laws and know when to use the full dynamic equations and their approximations
- Modelling and Information Systems Development Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Specify, design and build computational and graphical user interface components for a prototype modelling system
- Apply hydrodynamic modelling systems to set-up 1D river models, and interpret model results
- Develop a computer code for calculating free-surface flow in canals and provide interpretation of a series of tests involving various initial and boundary conditions
- Computational Intelligence and Operational Water Management Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Understand and apply the principles and techniques of real-time control, and anticipatory water management
- Understand the principles and techniques of optimisation, and formulate and solve optimisation problems related to modelling and water management
- Understand and apply data-driven modelling using computational intelligence techniques (neural networks, model trees, instance-based learning), and select proper methods and tools
- Understand the main principles of data assimilation using Kalman filter and related techniques
- River Basin Modelling Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Explain the multi-purpose nature of river basins and approaches for their integrated planning and management, with special focus on role of modelling
- Interpret solutions of groundwater flow problems based on governing physical laws and their mathematical representation
- Model hydrological processes in catchments using MIKE SHE modelling system
- Apply MODFLOW modelling system to solve groundwater flow problems and examine the solutions
- Examine results of MIKE-SHE models that include both surface and groundwater flow in a natural catchment, including the unsaturated zone
- Module 8 WSE (elective) Elective
- ONLY HWR: M3096 - Groundwater in adaptation to global change impacts
- All: M3009 - Dams and hydropower
- All: M3578 - Food security, health and environment
- All: M3404 - Urban flood management and disaster risk mitigation
- All: M3439 - Climate change impacts and adaptation in deltas
- All: M3644 - River flood analysis and modelling
- NOT HI: M1309 - Integrated hydrological and river modelling
- Fieldtrip and Fieldwork WSE Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Integrate quantitative measurements with qualitative terrain observations and prior information to evaluate and analyse the relevant predominant processes in a study area.
- Critically analyse field results, and identify/recognise possible areas of error or uncertainty.
- Apply this assimilation of data to engineering cases.
- Select and apply different, appropriate field instrumentation and measurement methods in practice and organise the measurements.
- Demonstrate a multidisciplinary overview of actual technical, research and organizational activities in the field of water management, hydraulic engineering and hydrology.
- Report detailed technical information received.
- Module 10 WSE (elective) Elective
- ONLY HWR: M3353 - Applied groundwater modeling
- All: M3243 - Flood risk management
- All: M3036 - Drought management and reservoir operations
- All: M2214 - Geotechnical engineering and dredging
- All: M3581 - Innovative water systems for agriculture
- Module 11 WSE (elective) Elective
- 3609 - Experimental methods in wastewater treatment
- M3048 - Water sensitive cities
- M3593 - Decentralised water supply and sanitation
- M3580 - Remote sensing for agricultural water management
- M3637 - Water resources planning under changing climate and environment
- M3214 - Wetlands for livelihoods and conservation
- M3543 - Sustainability and resilience of water organisations
- M3417 - Solid waste management
- M3438 - Advanced water transport and distribution
- M3422 - Strategic planning for river basins and deltas
- M3647 - Decision support systems in the water domain
- Summer course Elective
Five-day summer course. Elective topics include Sustainable Development Goals, nature based solutions, leadership, gender issues and serious gaming, all related to water science/engineering/management.
- Groupwork WSE Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Present, argue and report the strategy as well as the corresponding programme of measures in an integrated and interdisciplinary manner.
- Develop inter- and multi-disciplinary project activities in integrated teams.
- Provide a diagnosis of the main challenges and interlinkages between those challenges for the case study area.
- Develop a shared strategy to answer the challenges based on a coherent programme of measures.
- Organize an integrated team including a division of roles, individual and shared responsibilities, a transparent decision-making process, and a monitoring and evaluating procedure of the produced outputs and deliverables
- Thesis Research Proposal Development for WSE Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- demonstrate analytical problem-analysis skills and the ability to distil the strategic issues to be addressed in the research phase
- plan, using the project management approach, the research process in weekly time-steps and indicate essential milestones, targets and indicators, required human, financial and other resources, deliverables and perceived threats and constraints at eac
- develop and formulate the research proposal in a clearly written, well argued and convincing report, submitted within a set deadline
- list available literature and replicate main arguments expounded in the literature on the specified research topic
- successfully present and defend individual work, cross-reference it to and critically evaluate it in light of contemporary thinking in a specific field of study
- concisely define the intended research topic, state precise aims and objectives, describe the research methodology, argue expected relevance and justification, and identify boundary conditions and self- or externally imposed limitations
- MSc research, thesis and defence Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Explore the background of the research problem by critically reviewing scientific literature; Evaluate relevant theories and applying these theories to a relevant scientific problem; Assure adequate delineation and definition of the research topic
- Conduct research, independently or in a multidisciplinary team by selecting and applying appropriate research methodologies and techniques, collecting and analysing data.
- Demonstrate academic attitude and learning skills (incl thinking in multidisciplinary dimensions & distinguishing main issues from minor ones), to enhance & keep up-to-date the acquired knowledge and application skills in a largely independent manner.
- Formulate research questions and hypotheses
- Formulate well-founded conclusions and recommendations based on a comprehensive discussion of the results.
- Communicate, debate and defend, clearly and systematically, findings and generated insights, and provide rational underpinning of these in oral and written presentations to a variety of audiences.
- Introduction to Water and Development Required
Tuition & fellowships
Information about tuition fees can be found here.
The following fellowships are recommended for prospective students who wish to study Hydroinformatics - Modelling and Information Systems for Water Management
IHE Delft will provide water professionals from seven MENA countries (Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Yemen) and Sudan with MSc level education in Delft on relevant topics for MENA region water scarcity.
For the MSc programmes starting in October 2021, the scholarship application deadline is 1 June 2021.
more info: www.un-ihe.org/mena-cd-fellowships
National Fellowships in Latin America
These fellowships are for nationals from the mentioned Latin American country. As IHE Delft is a UNESCO affiliated Institute and not a regular university, it may not appear in their website listings of eligible institutions. It is worth applying for funding once you have been academically accepted by IHE Delft, as these organisations will most likely consider your fellowship application. The name UNESCO-IHE (former name of IHE Delft) may appear in some application systems.
- COLFUTURO - Colombia
- CONICYT - Chile
- CONACYT - Mexico
- CONAPE - Costa Rica
- GUATEFUTURO - Guatemala
- HONDUFUTURO - Honduras
- ICETEX - Colombia
- IFARHU - Panama
- SENECYT - Ecuador
Your country might also offer individual fellowships for studies abroad, contact your national Ministry of Education or a similar organisation/agency for more information.
Orange Knowledge Programme
The Orange Knowledge Programme is a €195-m Dutch global development programme, currently available in 53 developing countries and managed by Nuffic, a Dutch non-profit organisation for internationalisation in education.
OKP scholarships will be available for the one-year MSc programme in Sanitation, starting in October 2021. Check the website for procedure and deadlines.
At this moment some adjustments on the OKP programme are being made. The call is expected to open in February 2021. Currently it is unsure whether OKP scholarships for the 18 months Delft-based MSc Programmes starting in October 2021 will be available. Please check this page for possible updates. In order not to miss the deadline, you are strongly advised to already submit your online application for admission via the IHE Delft website. An e-mail will be sent to all applicants with an academic admission, in case OKP scholarships will come available.
There will be OKP scholarships available for our short courses in 2021: visit our Short Course Scholarship page for more info.
Rotary Scholarship for Water and Sanitation Professionals
The strategic partnership between The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education aims to tackle the world’s water and sanitation crisis by increasing the number of trained professionals to devise, plan, and implement solutions in developing and emerging countries. Through this partnership, a limited number of scholarships are awarded annually for graduate students at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education’s campus in the Netherlands. These scholarships are designed to promote long-term productive relationships between Rotarians and highly skilled water and sanitation professionals in their communities.
For the MSc programmes starting in October 2021, the Rotary scholarship application deadline is 15 April 2021.
The SIDS programme is aimed at water professionals from small island developing states.
For the MSc programmes starting in October 2021, the scholarship application deadline is 1 June 2021.
more info: www.un-ihe.org/sids-fellowships-1
StuNed Scholarship Programme
StuNed (Studeren in Nederland) is a scholarship programme that is a part of the bilateral cooperation between the Dutch and Indonesian government. The main objectives of StuNed are to strengthen the human resources in Indonesian organisations and the bilateral relations between the Netherlands and Indonesia at the same time. Currently more than 200 Indonesian students per year are granted a StuNed scholarship. The programme is implemented by Nuffic Neso Indonesia on behalf of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Indonesia.
All Delft-based MSc programmes are eligible for StuNed.
For the MSc programmes starting in October 2021, the scholarship application deadline is expected in March 2021.
more info: www.nesoindonesia.or.id
WMO is partnering with IHE Delft to jointly support two to three fellowships a year from developing and least developed countries to undertake an MSc in one of the agreed IHE Delft programmes.
To be considered for a fellowship for the academic year 2020-2022 under WMO / IHE Delft joint funding applicants must:
- have unconditional admission to one of the following IHE Delft MSc programmes: Hydrology and Water Resources; Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Development; Land and Water Development for Food Security; Hydroinformatics - Modelling and Information Systems for Water Management; Coastal Engineering and Port Development; Water Management and Governance
- complete and submit a WMO Fellowship Nomination Form (FNF) to WMO by 1 March. The FNF MUST be submitted through, and approved by, the Permanent Representative (PR) of your country with WMO. You will find the contact of your country’s Permanent Representative in the WMO Country Profile Database: https://www.wmo.int/cpdb/. WMO can only consider your request for fellowship if your application is formally presented through the officially designated Permanent Representative of your Government with the Organization. This is usually the Director of National Meteorological and Hydrometeorological Service(s). Please note that the PR may give preference to personnel from the National Meteorological Service or National Hydrological Service of their country. The WMO Fellowship Nomination Forms (FNF) are available here.
- be medically fit (see WMO FNF for details).
For WMO to consider the fellowship nomination all of the above conditions must be met. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified through the PR of their country by the end of July 2020. For further information email: email@example.com.
more info: www.wmo.int
Application & Admission
Academic admission to IHE Delft MSc Programmes may be granted to applicants who provide evidence of having:
- A Bachelor degree at level B/B+ (US system) or 2nd upper (British system) in an appropriate field which has been awarded by a university of recognised standing, comparable in level with a Bachelor degree from a research university in the Netherlands. Exceptions can be made if a candidate is below this level, but has a substantial experience in the field of the programme and/or has a strong motivation to join the programme.
- A good command of the English language, if this is not the first language. All non-native English-speaking applicants must satisfy the English language requirements for IHE Delft's educational programmes.
- A strong motivation to successfully complete the programme.
Several years of professional experience in an area of work related to the specialisation is an asset.
For admission to the programme please complete the online application, the link to the application section of our website is available at the top of this page.
You need to submit the following documents:
- Certified copies of degrees/diplomas.
- Certified copies of academic transcripts. Authenticated or certified copies are copies with an official stamp to verify that the copies are true copies of original documents. This official stamp may be from one of the following: a solicitor/notary, the educational institution from where the student gained the diplomas or the local council/local authority/local government office.
- Two Recommendation letters which must be printed on official letterhead paper and need to be signed and dated. We do not accept recommendation letters which are older than 1 year nor which have copied and pasted signatures and/or letterheads. If you are employed, one of the recommendation letters should be from your current employer and not older than 3 months.
- Motivation letter; explain in maximum 500 words why you wish to be admitted to the chosen programme and how it will benefit you in the future. The letter must show that you understand what the chosen programme is about.
- Copy of passport.
- Copy of results of English language test score (if required, see English language requirements).
If any of the original documents is not in English we additionally need an official English translation by a sworn translator.
Multiple MSc applications (for the same academic year) are not allowed, unless there is a period of at least 3 months between the starting dates of the programmes of interest. If a student applies for an Erasmus Mundus programme for which Erasmus Mundus scholar ships are available, he/she can also apply for another programme. If the other programme is also an Erasmus Mundus programme, the applicant can submit up to 3 applications.
Further questions about the application procedure can be found at our FAQ page, or can be addressed to:
Ms Marlies Baburek
Admission and Fellowship Officer