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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    This programme will run entirely at UNESCO-IHE in Delft, the Netherlands

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

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2020

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: 15 October 2020
Application deadline: 01 August 2020

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 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.
    • Hydrogeology Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. understand the concepts related to groundwater storage, recharge and discharge;
      2. understand groundwater occurrences, aquifer classification and aquifer properties in various geological settings;
      3. understand steady state and transient groundwater flow processes and their physical description;
      4. the ability to apply analytical solutions to solve steady state and transient groundwater problems;
      5. determine groundwater balances and to carry out pumping test analyses.
    • 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 appropriate methods to monitor, analyze and assess the water quality characteristics of hydrological systems.
      2. Apply basic chemical principles and determine reactions that play a role in the determination and evolution of water quality.
    • 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. apply knowledge of the concepts of tracer hydrology, with emphasis on environmental isotopes.
    • Elective module 7 HWR/WSE Elective

      Choose one of the following modules:

      • Hydrological data collection and processing
      • Groundwater data collection and interpretation 
    • 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 Hydrology and Water Resources

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

    We expect to have more information on the availability of JJ/WBGSP scholarships for MSc programmes at IHE Delft in the beginning of 2020.

    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

    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

  • 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 2020-2022 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 2020. 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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