Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Development

You will develop scientific and engineering knowledge needed to design and implement projects for sustainable use of river systems and their resources, learning about the design of hydraulic structures, modeling of the river, and flood management.

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Delft based, IHE Delft, The Netherlands18 months, starts in October

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2019

For whom?

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 in the fields of river engineering and river basin development. 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.

Degree

Students who successfully complete this programme will be awarded with an MSc degree in Water Science and Engineering by IHE Delft.

 

Dates

Start: 17 October 2019
Application deadline: 01 August 2019

Learning objectives

After completing this specialization, you will be able to:

  • Understand physical processes and natural phenomena in river basin systems, the effect of human interference in river basins, such as river structures and training works, and the management of floods and droughts;
  • Master the major hydraulic methodologies and applications for the design of (large) river structures and river modelling techniques with regard to data collection, processing and analysis;
  • Evaluate and analyse river basin systems and processes at a wide range of scales for the purpose of water resources, including morphological assessments, impact analysis of hydraulic structures and natural hazards assessment and mitigation taking into account relevant aspects of environmental, economical and social planning and management;
  • Design and conduct hydraulic research, experiments and tests for both practical and scientific purposes;
  • Have the skills to apply and integrate relevant concepts and methodologies in the area of hydraulic, hydrological and geotechnical engineering and research as well as applying computational principles within the context of hydraulic engineering.

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 - April

    IHE Delft, The Netherlands
    • Introduction to Water for Development Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. Reflect critically on water related interventions, formulate own standpoint and engage constructively in debates
      2. Place the specialized knowledge on own discipline into a broader understanding of water related issues, challenges, debates and developments
      3. Recognize and distinguish different ways of knowing and framing water questions and problems in order to appraise water challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective
      4. Familiarize with the educational environment and procedures of IHE Delft and collaborate in multidisciplinary and intercultural teams
    • Introduction to Water Science and Engineering Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. Understand the field of water science and engineering, identify its different specialisations and understand the structure of the programme at IHE
      2. Apply mathematical, statistical and frequency analysis concepts and techniques relevant to water science and engineering
      3. Describe geologic, geomorpholgical and anthropogenic processes at the surface of the Earth that form and sculpt landscapes
      4. Explain how to use different types of literature in scientific work in an ethical manner
    • Hydrology and Hydraulics Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. Describe the main concepts of steady/unsteady and uniform/non-uniform flow.
      2. Describe the principles and basic equations of water flow and to apply them to various practical situations.
      3. Explain the concepts of Geographical Information Systems and apply them in practical examples relevant to their specialization.
      4. Describe the main techniques of remote sensing and know when their use is appropriate or inappropriate.
      5. Carry out basic measurements in the wave and current flumes at the hydraulic laboratory.
      6. Describe and apply the concepts of hydrology needed for their specialisation.
    • River Basin Development and Environmental Impact Assessment Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. Explain and evaluate the concepts and approaches for sustainable river basin development in a given context
      2. Describe the principles, approaches and practices of environmental impact assessment (EIA)
      3. Apply range of tools and models (e.g. problem tree, water allocation modelling, EIA, cost-benefit analysis, multi-criteria analysis) to develop scientifically sound river basin development strategies
      4. Explain integrated river basin planning and management framewroks and appraise basin development and management plans
      5. Effectively work in teams to evaluate and develop river basin plans and clearly communicate the outcomes in written and oral forms
    • Data Collection and Analysis and Design Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. 1 Gain an in-depth knowledge of the monitoring schemes and field techniques for water and sediment sampling.
      2. 3 Gain an introduction to the concepts of deterministic and probabilistic design for river and coastal structures.
      3. 2 Be able to apply methods for validation and processing of data, including developing flood frequency statistics.
    • Hydraulics and Remote Sensing for River Basin Development Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. compute fundamental flow variables in pressure-flow systems
      2. apply mass, energy and momentum conservation laws to solve problems in hydraulic engineering
      3. apply the appropriate models to the analysis of Gradually and Rapidly Varying Flow (GVF-RVF) conditions in open channel flow
      4. classify different types of fluid motion conditions in open channel flow
      5. search and select freely available remote sensing data
      6. carry out image interpretation and classification
      7. select and use the appropriate remote sensing data and tools for water resources monitoring
    • River Morphodynamics Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. understand some basic principles of river morphology and river morphological changes.
      2. perform 1-D morphodynamic modelling of rivers with mobile bed.
      3. assess long-term and short-term impacts of human interventions.
      4. understand the basics of river biogeomorphology.
    • Hydraulic Structures Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. Create preliminary hydraulic design of selected hydraulic structures
      2. Determine the consequences of different design solutions on the river morphology
      3. Analyze the interaction between flow and hydraulic structures in natural open channels
    • Elective module 8 WSE Elective

      Choose one of the following modules:

      • Integrated hydrological and river modelling
      • River flood analysis and modelling
      • Urban flood management and disaster risk mitigation
      • Dams and hydropower
      • Planning and delivery of flood resilience
      • International port seminar
      • Climate change impacts and adaptation in deltas
      • Food security, health and environment
      • Groundwater in adaptation to global change impacts (choice for HWR specialisation only)
    • Fieldtrip and Fieldwork WSE Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. Integrate quantitative measurements with qualitative terrain observations and prior information to evaluate and analyse the relevant predominant processes in a study area.
      2. Critically analyse field results, and identify/recognise possible areas of error or uncertainty.
      3. Apply this assimilation of data to engineering cases.
      4. Select and apply different, appropriate field instrumentation and measurement methods in practice and organise the measurements.
      5. Demonstrate a multidisciplinary overview of actual technical, research and organizational activities in the field of water management, hydraulic engineering and hydrology.
      6. Report detailed technical information received.
    • Elective module 10 WSE Elective

      Choose one of the following modules:

      • Applied groundwater modeling
      • Flood risk management
      • Drought management and reservoir operations
      • Geotechnical engineering and dredging
      • Innovative water systems for agriculture
    • Elective module 11 WSE Elective

      Choose one of the following modules:

      • Strategic planning for river basins and deltas
      • Urban water governance
      • Remote sensing for agricultural water management
      • Wetlands for livelihoods and conservation
      • Water sensitive cities
      • Faecal sludge management
      • Decentralised water supply and sanitation
      • Modelling river systems and lakes
      • Solid waste management
      • Advanced water transport and distribution
      • Hydroinformatics for decision support
    • Summer course Required

      Choose between eight one week summer courses. Topics include water diplomacy, water science communication, leadership, entrepreneurship, and serious gaming for the water sector.

    • Groupwork WSE Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. Present, argue and report the strategy as well as the corresponding programme of measures in an integrated and interdisciplinary manner.
      2. Develop inter- and multi-disciplinary project activities in integrated teams.
      3. Provide a diagnosis of the main challenges and interlinkages between those challenges for the case study area.
      4. Develop a shared strategy to answer the challenges based on a coherent programme of measures.
      5. 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:
      1. demonstrate analytical problem-analysis skills and the ability to distil the strategic issues to be addressed in the research phase
      2. 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
      3. develop and formulate the research proposal in a clearly written, well argued and convincing report, submitted within a set deadline
      4. list available literature and replicate main arguments expounded in the literature on the specified research topic
      5. 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
      6. 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:
      1. 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.
      2. Formulate well-founded conclusions and recommendations based on a comprehensive discussion of the results.
      3. Conduct research, independently or in a multidisciplinary team by selecting and applying appropriate research methodologies and techniques, collecting and analysing data.
      4. 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.
      5. Formulate research questions and hypotheses
      6. 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

Tuition & fellowships

Information about tuition fees can be found here.

The following fellowships are recommended for prospective students who wish to study Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Development

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

    The next call for applications for a JJWBGSP Scholarship is scheduled to open from 7 March till 11 April 2019.

    more info: www.worldbank.org

  • 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. Launched mid-2017, it aims to have provided tens of thousands with the possibility to change their future through education and training by mid-2022.

    More info:

    Orange Knowledge Scholarships for MSc Programmes (submission deadline: 10 February 2019)

    Orange Knowledge Scholarships for Short Courses

  • 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.

    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

  • WMO Fellowships

    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 2019-2021 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 2019. For further information email: detr@wmo.int.

    more info: www.wmo.int

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.
  • 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.

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

 

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