Advanced Water Management for Food Production

Learn to identify and develop water resources and how to manage those resources for efficient water utilization for crop production and food security.

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    What is Joint Programme

    Part of the programme is given at a partner institute, often in another country/continent. Joint programmes have varying start and end dates.

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Joint Programme, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA and IHE Delft, The Netherlands20 months, starts in October

New set-up MSc Programmes

IHE Delft introduces a new set-up for its MSc Programmes. From 2022 onwards, the Institute offers the MSc Programme in Water and Sustainable Development (68EC/120EC).

For whom?

The target group for this specialization are professionals working at ministries, authorities, river basin and water users associations, universities, research institutes, civil society organizations, and consultants engaged in or interested in the fields of planning, water resources, agriculture, engineering, environment, public works, or related fields.


Students who successfully complete this double degree program will be awarded two Masters degrees: one from IHE Delft and one from UNL. The degree students receive from IHE Delft is the MSc degree in Water Science and Engineering with a specialization in Land and Water Development for Food Security. UNL will award the MS degree in Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering or Mechanized Systems Management, with a focus in Advanced Water Management for Food Production.


Start: 17 October 2019
Application deadline: 01 August 2019

Learning objectives

After completing this specialization, you will:

  • Have in-depth understanding and specific knowledge of the latest concepts and theories of irrigation, drainage, flood protection, land reclamation and consolidation technologies for food production;
  • Be able to use latest hydraulic engineering and hydrological methods to apply in planning, design and implementation of irrigation, drainage and flood protection schemes, independently or in a multidisciplinary team;
  • Be able to identify and cross-evaluate alternative land and water development options for areas under different land uses and assess their feasibility; technologically, economically, and environmentally;
  • Be able to engage in or advise developers, system managers and water users on the participatory development and management, including operation and maintenance of the irrigation, drainage and flood protection schemes;
  • Be able to identify and develop available water resources for food production
  • Be able to enhance the of on-farm irrigation systems through better design and management;
  • Be able to understand and formulate water management methodologies to enhance crop production with limited water supplies;
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of contemporary research issues in the field of land and water development and water for food;
  • Be able to formulate research questions, articulate research methodologies, develop study plans, and adequately communicate research results and conclusions in written and oral forms to a wide variety of audience. 

Tuition & fellowships

Information about tuition fees can be found here.

At this moment University Nebraska and IHE Delft are searching for scholarships for this programme. Until scholarships have been identified, this programme is not open for application. If you are interested we advise you to apply for admission to the Delft-based programme.

Application & Admission

Admission requirements

Academic admission to the Master 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.
  • the undergraduate curriculum included a course in ordinary differential equations and fluid mechanics.
  • minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score 25th percentile in the verbal portion and 50th percentile in the quantitative portion. You have to take this test and follow the instructions. The GRE test results will be sent to IHE Delft directly. Only after receipt of these test results, your application will be taken into consideration. Therefore you are advised to sit for this test as soon as possible.For more information visit:

Several years of professional experience in an area of work related to the specialisation is an asset.

Please note: The GRE test results will be sent to IHE Delft directly, so there is no need to upload these results during your online application.

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 chosen 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.

One cannot apply for more than one programme per academic year, 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 fellowships 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.

More information

Further questions about the application procedure can be addressed to:

Ms Ineke Melis
Admission and Fellowship Officer


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