Hydrology and Water Resources

You will deal with surface and groundwater, addressing both water quantity and quality, learning to understand human influences on the hydrological system, and apply tools, such as modelling, for the proper integration of hydrological knowledge and analysis in water resources planning and management.

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Delft based, IHE Delft, The Netherlands18 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?

You aim to work in river basin management, prediction and mitigation of floods and droughts, water resources assessment (quantity and quality), water supply, hydropower, land use and development, environmental survey and planning, and other related fields.

Degree

Students who successfully completed this programme will be awarded with an MSc degree in Water Science and Engineering.

Dates

Start: 21 October 2021
Application deadline: 01 August 2021

Learning objectives

Graduates who have undertaken the Hydrology and Water Resources specialization will be equipped with:

  • An in-depth understanding of theories and concepts in surface and subsurface hydrology, the physical, chemical and biological interactions between the hydrosphere, the lithosphere, the biosphere and the atmosphere.
  • A thorough awareness of natural and human-induced variations of hydrological systems.
  • Good knowledge of the literature and contemporary research questions in hydrology.

 Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply and integrate relevant physical, chemical, applied mathematical, computational and earth-scientific principles and concepts.
  • Use information and communication technology within a hydrological context.
  • Master the major hydrological methodologies and applications with regard to water quantity and quality, including techniques for data collection, processing and analysis, and the application of catchment hydrological modelling and aquifer modelling techniques.
  • Evaluate and analyse hydrological systems and processes at a wide range of scales in both space and time for the purpose of water resources assessment, natural hazard assessment and mitigation, and environmental planning and management.
  • Design and conduct hydrological research and experiments for applied or scientific purposes, independently or within a team.

In addition, graduates will:

  • Be aware of the importance of hydrology to society, the relationship of hydrology and other disciplines such as ecology, meteorology and climatology.
  • Be able to co-operate within a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary framework with due consideration of ethical and social aspects related to the application of their knowledge and skills.
     

 

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 and Development Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. Familiarize with the educational environment and procedures of IHE Delft and collaborate in multidisciplinary and intercultural teams
      2. Recognize and distinguish different ways of knowing and framing water questions and problems in order to appraise water challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective
      3. Reflect critically on water related interventions, formulate own standpoint and engage constructively in debates
      4. 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 engineering

      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, geomorphological and anthropogenic processes that generate landscapes and landforms at the surface of the Earth
      4. Describe the main principles of remote sensing and understand its potentials and limitations
      5. Explain how to use different types of literature in scientific work in an ethical manner 

      M3781 - Hydrology and hydraulics

      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. Describe procedures of basic measurements in the wave and current flumes at the hydraulic laboratory and interpret results.
      4. Describe and apply the concepts of hydrology needed for their specialisation.
      5. Explain the concepts of Geographical Information Systems and apply them in practical examples relevant to their specialization.
    • Hydrogeology Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. Describe groundwater occurrences, aquifer classification and aquifer properties.
      2. Analyse steady natural groundwater flow processes in aquifers.
      3. Comprehend the concepts related to groundwater storage, recharge and discharge and complete water balance.
      4. Analyse transient natural groundwater flow in unconfined and confined aquifers.
      5. Analyse transient groundwater flow to wells in aquifers and compute aquifer parameters from pumping test data.
      6. Formulate plans for groundwater development and management.
      7. Analyse steady groundwater flow to wells in aquifers and compute aquifer parameters from pumping test data.
    • Surface Hydrology Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. Explain the surface hydrological processes related to evapotranspiration, soil water movement and rainfall-runoff dynamics, and the concepts and theories that describe the physics of these processes.
      2. Independently apply the understanding with analytical methods and conceptual models to quantitatively assess the surface hydrology for situations at catchment scales.
      3. Explain the global hydrological cycle and water budget, the global energy budget, and the relation between, hydrology, climate, soils and vegetation.
    • Water Quality Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. Apply basic chemical principles and determine reactions that play a role in the determination and evolution of water quality.
      2. Design a water quality monitoring programme to meet specific management objectives.
      3. Collect and analyse water quality samples and for standard parameters.
      4. Compare the results of different water quality samples and explain the differences in terms of pollution sources and biogeochemical processes.
    • Tracer Hydrology and Flow Systems Analysis Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. derive and describe hydrosomes from (combinations of) hydrochemical facies to assess characteritics of groundwater flow systems.
      2. integrate geology, flow field, isotope data and hydrochemistry into a comprehensive analysis of groundwater flow systems for different hydro-climatic regions and geological conditions.
      3. analyse and solve tracer hydrological problems and questions using different techniques and analytical tools.
      4. describe the main concepts of tracer hydrology, with emphasis on artificial tracers and environmental isotopes.
    • Module 7 WSE HWR (elective) Elective
      • M1554 - Hydrological data collection and processing
      • M3160 - Groundwater data collection and interpretation
    • 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:
      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.
    • 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:
      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

Tuition & fellowships

Information about tuition fees can be found here

Application & Admission

Admission requirements

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.

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 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.

More information

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
Email: m.baburek@un-ihe.org

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