Water Management and Governance

The programme brings together the scientific study of water resources with practical planning and management skills. Participants are encouraged to study water management from a multi-disciplinary perspective and to seek integrated solutions. 

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    What is Delft based

    This programme will run entirely at UNESCO-IHE in Delft, the Netherlands

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Delft based, Delft, the Netherlands18 months, starts in October

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For whom?

Prospective water management students who compile a study profile from a wide range of available courses and variety of thesis research topics to ensure that the educational programme is fully aligned with their professional needs.

Thematic Study Profiles


Students who successfully complete this programme will receive a MSc degree in Water Management and Governance


Start: 18 October 2018
Application deadline: 01 August 2018

Learning objectives

The Water Management and Governance MSc Programme aims to develop knowledge, insight and skills required to design, implement and evaluate water management policies and strategies to achieve effective governance of water resources. Once you have successfully completed this programme, you will be able to:

  • describe the rational for an integrated and interdisciplinary approach for managing the water system;
  • identify and critically assess the different functions of the water resources system and the – often competing – interests of the various water users;
  • design, apply and evaluate models for institutional arrangements with emphasis on institutional reforms, policy development and good governance;
  • conduct, independently or in a multidisciplinary team, research.

The eventual learning objectives depend on the thematic study profile, in which you can enroll during the course of the programme.

Tuition & fellowships

Information about tuition fees can be found here.

The following fellowships are recommended for prospective students who wish to study Water Management and Governance

  • Inlaks Scholarships

    Inlaks Scholarships provide the opportunity to young Indian people with exceptional talent in any field to broaden their vision abroad and improve their skills to operate in society, thus making them a future vehicle of change in their environment. The scholarships are of two types: university courses and specific programs. Application forms are available online. They are also available from the 10th of January to the 15th of April from the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, C/o Inlaks India Foundation, 86/87 Atlanta, Nariman Point Mumbai 400021.

    more info: www.inlaksfoundation.org

  • JN Tata Endowment for the Higher Education

    The JN Tata Endowment for the Higher Education of Indians has been helping Indian students since 1892 with loan scholarships for higher studies. People consider it a matter of great pride to be called a 'JN Tata Scholar'. There are now more than 5,004 JN Tata Scholars all over the world.

    more info: www.jntataendowment.org


    Registration for the application form will be available till Monday, 12th March, 2018 till 12.00 noon. The completed application forms will not be accepted after Monday, 19th March, 2018 till 12.00 noon.

  • Joint Japan Worldbank Graduate Scholarship Programme (JJ/WBGSP)

    ATTENTION: The call for applications for a JJ/WBGSP (Preferred Partner) Scholarship will open on 22 February 2018. The deadline to submit your admission letter to the Worldbank is 12 April 2018, so make sure you have send your application for admission to IHE Delft before 21 March 2018.

    The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to women and men from developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a master degree program in a development-related topic. View the complete list of JJ/WBGSP preferred Master Degrees currently offered here (IHE Delft programmes are listed under UNESCO-IHE).

    more info: www.worldbank.org

  • National Fellowships in Latin America

    These fellowships are for nationals from the mentioned Latin American country.

    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 merges the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) and NICHE into a single integrated approach. The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to advance the development of the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals and institutions in higher and vocational education. 

    more info: www.un-ihe.org/orange-knowledge-programme

  • Rotary Scholarship for Water and Sanitation Professionals

    Rotary and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education are working together 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, The Rotary Foundation will award 10 scholarships annually for graduate students working or living near a Rotary club and provisionally admitted to one of the following MSc programmes (joint programmes are not eligible):

    • MSc in Urban Water and Sanitation
    • MSc in Water Management and Governance
    • MSc in Water Science and Engineering

    more info: http://www.un-ihe.org/Rotary-Scholarships-for-Water-and-Sanitation-Professionals

  • Stuned Scholarship Programme

    The Stuned Scholarship Programme is open for professionals from all over Indonesia who have completed a Bachelor study, in particular educators, government officials, ngo officials and journalists. Stuned aims at a balanced gender representation (minimum 50% women) and gives preference to candidates from less developed areas in Indonesia.

    more info: www.nesoindonesia.or.id


    The deadline for applications for a Stuned Scholarship is March 15, 2018 for Masters Programmes. Application for StuNed Master programme will be opened in January 2018.

Application & Admission

Admission requirements

Academic admission to IHE Delft MSc Programmes may be granted to applicants who provide evidence of having:

  • a university level Bachelor’s degree 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.
  • 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.

Work experience in an environment related to the programme is an asset. At least two years work experience is in general preferred.

Application procedure

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 reference letters, preferably one from a person that can judge students' professional abilities and one from a person that can judge his/her academic abilities. One recommendation letter has to come from the current employer (if available) and another one from the university the student graduated from. Letters have to have an official letterhead and need to be signed.
  • Motivation letter (maximum 500 words explanation why he/she applies for admission to the choosen programme).
  • Copy of passport.
  • Copy of results of English language test score (if required, see English language requirements).

Please note all documents are required to be in English, or officially translated into English.

It is not allowed to apply for admission to more than one master programme per academic year, unless there are 3 months or more between the start dates of the programmes. Academic admission to the programmes will be granted on the basis of a decision taken to that effect by the academic registrar, upon advice of the programme coordinator.

More information

Further questions about the application procedure can be addressed to:

Ms Marlies Baburek
Admission and Fellowship Officer
Email: m.baburek@un-ihe.org