You have a BSc degree in agricultural or civil engineering or a related field with a hydraulic background. You are eager to acquire practical skills and knowledge to address engineering, and water management or flood protection issues. A future career may be in government services, consultancy, or education and research institutes. Preferably you have worked for some years in professional practice or at a university or research establishment.
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:
- explain the latest concepts and theories of irrigation, drainage, flood protection, land reclamation and consolidation technologies for sustainable development;
- identify the cross-sectoral linkages comprehending wider aspects of society, economy and the environment;
- apply the latest hydraulic engineering and hydrological methods in planning, design and implementation of irrigation, drainage and flood protection schemes, independently or in a multidisciplinary team;
- evaluate alternative land and water development options for areas under different land uses and assess their technical, economical, and environmental feasibility;
- support developers, system managers and water users in the participatory development and management of irrigation, drainage and flood protection schemes for their planning, design, implementation, operation and maintenance, financing and performance assessment;
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of contemporary research issues in the field of land and water development.
Tuition & fellowships
Information about tuition fees can be found here.
The following fellowships are recommended for prospective students who wish to study Irrigation Engineering and Management for Food Security
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: 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