You aim to work in river basin management, prediction and mitigation of floods and droughts, water resources assessment (quantity and quality), water supply, hydropower, land use and development, environmental survey and planning, and other related fields.
Students who successfully completed this programme will be awarded with an MSc degree in Water Science and Engineering.
Start: 21 October 2021
Application deadline: 01 August 2021
Graduates who have undertaken the Hydrology and Water Resources specialization will be equipped with:
- An in-depth understanding of theories and concepts in surface and subsurface hydrology, the physical, chemical and biological interactions between the hydrosphere, the lithosphere, the biosphere and the atmosphere.
- A thorough awareness of natural and human-induced variations of hydrological systems.
- Good knowledge of the literature and contemporary research questions in hydrology.
Graduates will be able to:
- Apply and integrate relevant physical, chemical, applied mathematical, computational and earth-scientific principles and concepts.
- Use information and communication technology within a hydrological context.
- Master the major hydrological methodologies and applications with regard to water quantity and quality, including techniques for data collection, processing and analysis, and the application of catchment hydrological modelling and aquifer modelling techniques.
- Evaluate and analyse hydrological systems and processes at a wide range of scales in both space and time for the purpose of water resources assessment, natural hazard assessment and mitigation, and environmental planning and management.
- Design and conduct hydrological research and experiments for applied or scientific purposes, independently or within a team.
In addition, graduates will:
- Be aware of the importance of hydrology to society, the relationship of hydrology and other disciplines such as ecology, meteorology and climatology.
- Be able to co-operate within a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary framework with due consideration of ethical and social aspects related to the application of their knowledge and skills.
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.
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- 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
- Hydrogeology Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Describe groundwater occurrences, aquifer classification and aquifer properties.
- Analyse steady natural groundwater flow processes in aquifers.
- Comprehend the concepts related to groundwater storage, recharge and discharge and complete water balance.
- Analyse transient natural groundwater flow in unconfined and confined aquifers.
- Analyse transient groundwater flow to wells in aquifers and compute aquifer parameters from pumping test data.
- Formulate plans for groundwater development and management.
- Analyse steady groundwater flow to wells in aquifers and compute aquifer parameters from pumping test data.
- Surface Hydrology Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Explain the surface hydrological processes related to evapotranspiration, soil water movement and rainfall-runoff dynamics, and the concepts and theories that describe the physics of these processes.
- Independently apply the understanding with analytical methods and conceptual models to quantitatively assess the surface hydrology for situations at catchment scales.
- Explain the global hydrological cycle and water budget, the global energy budget, and the relation between, hydrology, climate, soils and vegetation.
- Water Quality Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Apply basic chemical principles and determine reactions that play a role in the determination and evolution of water quality.
- Design a water quality monitoring programme to meet specific management objectives.
- Collect and analyse water quality samples and for standard parameters.
- Compare the results of different water quality samples and explain the differences in terms of pollution sources and biogeochemical processes.
- Tracer Hydrology and Flow Systems Analysis Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- derive and describe hydrosomes from (combinations of) hydrochemical facies to assess characteritics of groundwater flow systems.
- integrate geology, flow field, isotope data and hydrochemistry into a comprehensive analysis of groundwater flow systems for different hydro-climatic regions and geological conditions.
- analyse and solve tracer hydrological problems and questions using different techniques and analytical tools.
- describe the main concepts of tracer hydrology, with emphasis on artificial tracers and environmental isotopes.
- Module 7 WSE HWR (elective) Elective
- M1554 - Hydrological data collection and processing
- M3160 - Groundwater data collection and interpretation
- 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
- 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 Hydrology and Water Resources
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.
For MSc programmes starting in October 2021 OKP scholarships will be available for the one-year MSc programme in Sanitation. 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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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