Environmental Planning and Management is for students and professionals who want to operate more effectively in complex planning, policy and decision-making processes, and who want to address water problems by crafting solutions that respect the limits of natural systems, meet the demands of society, and are implementable in today’s multi-level governance systems.
Students who successfully completed this programme will receive an MSc degree in Environmental Science from IHE Delft.
Start: 02 November 2020
Application deadline: 01 September 2020
The courses of the specialization cover the most essential steps in planning and management, applied to the field of water and environment. These courses teach you, among other things how to:
- Structure complex problems in a way that allows for evidence and scientific knowledge to support reasoned decisions;
- Conduct environmental, social and strategic impact assessments to compare the expected impacts and benefits of alternatives for development projects, strategies and/or land and water management plans;
- Support the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of water polices, plans programmes and projects;
- Understand the institutional, legal, and decision making processes involved in water and environmental planning and management.
Structure & contents
The programme starts with topics such as chemistry, aquatic ecology, and environmental water systems. The specialization covers planning and management topics, such as water and environmental law, policy analysis, environmental and strategic assessment, environmental planning and implementation, and strategic planning for river basins and deltas. 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
- Introduction to Environmental Science 1 Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Carry out fundamental chemical, hydrological and ecological field sampling
- Carry out fundamental chemical and ecological laboratory analyses
- Apply the principles of the scientific method to design, develop and present a research project
- Apply fundamental principles of data analysis, statistics and GIS
- Identify and describe fundamental chemical, hydrological and ecological processes in relation to the environment
- Introduction to Environmental Science 2 Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Describe the current practice of wastewater treatment and resource recovery in the Netherlands, in terms of its governance, economics and technological aspects
- Apply fundamental principles of environmental modelling
- Identify and describe fundamental microbiological and socio-economic processes in relation to the environment
- Indicate interactions and relations between aspects of governance, economy, technology and microbiology, in relation to infrastructure for wastewater treatment
- Carry out fundamental microbiological laboratory analyses
- Integrated Project Environmental Science Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Analyze, evaluate and present scientific data
- Formulate a scientific research question, compare and contrast scientific information relevant to the research question from a variety of sources and present the findings in a concise report
- Make an oral presentation of scientific information
- Gather information on an environmental problem from various sources and critically assess its quality and role in the debate about the problem
- Perform a basic multi-criteria analysis in the context of decision making for an environmental problem
- Describe the environmental policy process and the role and sources of data and information that play a role in formulating policy
- Water and Environmental Law Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Gain practical skills in management of contracts, partnerships and agreements at various levels of governance in the context of intensive group work.
- Critically investigate and grasp relevant dimensions and sources of water and environmental law (including customs, principles, jurisdictions, rights, instruments, organizations) applicable to the water and environmental field from local to global level.
- Obtain proficiency in the review of contrasting legal arguments.
- Integrate and perceive legal knowledge within its water and environmental governance domain, connect with discourses on water justice and equitable water distribution.
- Environmental Systems Analysis Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Perform a problem analysis and stakeholder analysis for a given socio-environmental system
- Communicate effectively the methods, results and conclusions of a case study (presentation and written report)
- Perform an analysis of drivers of change and their effect on ecosystem functions and services
- Construct a simple dynamic simulation model of an environmental system
- Discuss critically the strengths, weaknesses, missing information, advantages and disadvantages of the modelling and stakeholder analyses
- List and describe environmental systems analysis (ESA) concepts and methods
- Identify how ESA can be applied to Ecosystem Services and applications of Environmental Technology
- Water and Environmental Policy Analysis Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Structure complex policy problems.
- Write an issue paper containing the results of a broad, exploratory problem analysis, including the proposal for meaningful, subsequent policy research.
- Apply meaningfully and coherently three types of methods for rational-analytical problem exploration: System analysis (including analysis of objectives and initial problem demarcation), Actor analysis, and Future Scenarios.
- Reflect on the possible roles of a policy analyst and discuss which role(s) a policy analyst can effectively fulfil in different situations to support individuals or organisations facing a complex policy problem.
- Set up an agenda, based on previous problem exploration, for relevant, subsequent research activities to inform policy decisions.
- Environmental Planning and Implementation Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Use policy implementation theories to describe and explain water and environmental planning and implementation processes
- Apply economic valuation methods for environmental policy planning
- Explain and critically reflect on the role of policy implementers (people) in the policy process
- Critically assess water and environmental policy implementation and management plans
- International Fieldtrip and Fieldwork ES Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Relate findings of the situation to your home countries and recognize the possibilities and limitations for application.
- Delineate catchments and prepare maps using GIS, navigate using map and compass.
- Describe how natural processes and anthropogenic activities interact in shaping river catchments.
- Explain the value of ecosystem protection and rehabilitation for society.
- Carry out basic eco-hydrological measurements, and analyse and interpret the collected data.
- Module 10 ES (elective) Elective
- M3608 Aquatic ecosystems: processes and applications
- M3515 Environmental assessment for water-related policies and developments
- M3605 Ecotechnologies
- Module 11 ES (elective) Elective
M3609 - 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.
- Applied Environmental Management Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Solve complex environmental problems by integrating the content of the preceding modules
- Work in a team to solve complex environmental problems
- Make decisions on the basis of a limited amount of information
- Improve communication skills to present work results in written and oral forms.
- Thesis Research Proposal Development for ES Required Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Develop a research proposal in a clearly written, well-argued and convincing document, submitting and successfully defending it within specific deadlines.
- 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 Environmental Planning and Management
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 expected in 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, available in 53 developing countries and managed by Nuffic, a Dutch non-profit organisation for internationalisation in education.
IMPORTANT NOTE: currently it is unsure whether OKP scholarships for the MSc Programmes starting in October 2021 will be available. Please check this page for possible updates.
There will be OKP scholarships available for our short courses in 2021: visit our Short Course Scholarship page for more info.
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 expected in June 2021.
more info: www.un-ihe.org/sids-fellowships-1
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.
For the MSc programmes starting in October 2021, the scholarship application deadline is expected in March 2021.
more info: www.nesoindonesia.or.id
Application & Admission
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.
- 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