You have a BSc degree in civil engineering or a related field and a hydraulic background. You are eager to acquire practical skills and knowledge to solve engineering and coastal zone / port management problems. 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 a 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 hydraulic and morphologic coastal processes and nautical and logistic aspects as well as their interactions with near shore and offshore structures;
- Apply state-of-the-art coastal engineering design techniques to advance the needs of society for infrastructure and a safe environment;
- Evaluate and implement coastal engineering solutions in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary environment;
- Develop strategies to cope effectively with problems related to natural coastal hazards (e.g. flooding, oil spill) and shoreline erosion problems incorporating the tension between anthropogenic coastal developments and natural coastal processes;
- Apply hydraulic, nautical, logistic and economic theories in the planning and design of coastal and ports layout and port logistics.
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 Required
M3780 - Introduction to water science and engineeringUpon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Understand the field of water science and engineering, identify its different specialisations and understand the structure of the programme at IHE
- Apply mathematical, statistical and frequency analysis concepts and techniques relevant to water science and engineering
- Describe geologic, geomorphological and anthropogenic processes that generate landscapes and landforms at the surface of the Earth
- Describe the main principles of remote sensing and understand its potentials and limitations
- Explain how to use different types of literature in scientific work in an ethical manner
M3781 - Hydrology and hydraulicsUpon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Describe the main concepts of steady/unsteady and uniform/non-uniform flow.
- Describe the principles and basic equations of water flow and to apply them to various practical situations.
- Describe procedures of basic measurements in the wave and current flumes at the hydraulic laboratory and interpret results.
- Describe and apply the concepts of hydrology needed for their specialisation.
- Explain the concepts of Geographical Information Systems and apply them in practical examples relevant to their specialization.
- Introduction to Coastal Science and Engineering Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Apply the basics of coastal engineering and the sediment balance concept to concrete coastal situations, and explain when and where to (or not to) apply different coastline protection measures.
- Recognize the different areas of the MATLAB environment, and explain their purpose, as well as being able to perform operations such as data manipulation, statistics and plotting, related to coastal engineering problems.
- Understand tidal currents in one and two dimensions in small basins and channels.
- Explain the origin and generation of tides, understand the tide generating forces, describe the process of tidal analysis and the prediction of tides.
- Identify the basics of wave climate (from global to regional/local scales), and understand wave energy balance concept.
- Generate wave statistics, including extremes, showing understanding of wave spectra and bulk parameters.
- Explain the key concepts of wave generation, wave propagation and breaking (deep and shallow waters) from linear theory, observations and models, and describe the concept of radiation stress and its importance in forcing currents and shallow water level g
- Port Planning and Infrastructure Design Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- List different types of sea going vessels and identify the main characteristics of the ships
- Include uncertainty in port planning and management by adaptive planning
- Design the details of berthing facilities for different type of berths
- Explain the international functions of a port, and different aspects of port management
- Determine the alignment and dimensions of the approach channel and the main dimensions of the wet infrastructure of the port
- Implement various steps in port master-planning
- Determine the main dimensions of different terminals in the port
- Coastal Systems Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- assess processes related to salt intrusion and density currents;
- explain governing processes in coastal hydrodynamics and morphology
- describe estuarine morphological processes
- apply in practice their understanding of hydrodynamic and morphological processes in diverse coastal environments, such as reefs, mangroves and rocky coasts
- Design of Breakwaters and Dikes Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Design a physical scale model to test the design of breakwaters or coastal structures;
- Determine the main (Risk based) forcing acting on a dike or revetment and check for different possible failure mechanisms;
- Carry out a basic design of dikes including revetments
- Design the crest level based on allowable wave overtopping or transmission;
- Design breakwaters from conceptual to detailed and prepare the detailed cross-sections;
- Determine the governing factors and design conditions for design of breakwaters and coastal structures;
- Choose the optimal type of breakwater in a specific situation;
- Process-based Coastal Modelling Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Choose the appropriate model for a given problem
- Explain the results of complex models and translate them into practical outcomes
- Apply commonly used numerical methods in coastal modelling
- Apply input reduction and schematisation techniques for simulation speedup
- Apply commonly used hydrodynamic and morphodynamic model systems in a practical situation
- 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 Coastal Engineering and Port Development
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 July 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
For All 18 months Delft-based MSc programmes, the one-year MSc programme in Sanitation and the joint programme in Limnology and Wetland Management, which will start in October 2021, partial OKP scholarships will be made available. The OKP scholarship will cover the first 12 months of your MSc study. Funding for the remaining months (estimated at EUR 15,000), needs to be covered from other sources. We strongly advise you to search for this co-funding (private means, employer, other). Visit our Orange Knowledge scholarship for MSc Programmes page for more info.
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 July 2021.
more info: www.un-ihe.org/sids-fellowships-1
StuNed Scholarship Programme
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 following deadlines apply for StuNed application:
-Start/end date of application period for Stuned scholarship: 18 January 2021-22 March 2021
-Deadline for submitting an online application for admission with IHE Delft: 15 March 2021
more info: www.un-ihe.org/stuned
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.
One of the eligibility requirements is that you are eligible for application and have applied for an Orange Knowledge Scholarship (OKP) as well.
To be considered for a fellowship for the academic year 2021-2023 under WMO / IHE Delft joint funding applicants must:
- 1. have unconditional admission to one of the following IHE Delft MSc programmes: Hydrology and Water Resources; Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Development; Irrigation Engineering and Management for Food Security; Hydroinformatics - Modelling and Information Systems for Water Management; Coastal Engineering and Port Development; Water Management and Governance
- 2. 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. WMO can only consider your request for fellowship if your application is formally presented through the officially designated Permanent Representative (PR) 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.
- 3. have also applied for a scholarship from the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP). More information on the eligibility criteria and application procedure can be found here.
- 4. be medically fit (click here 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