Irrigation Engineering and Management for Food Security

You will learn to plan, design, operate and maintain land and water resources and water-related infrastructure, emphasising on the modernisation of irrigation, drainage and flood protection schemes, and land use for agriculture and food security.

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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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2021

For whom?

You have a BSc degree in agricultural or civil engineering or a related field with a hydraulic background. You are eager to acquire practical skills and knowledge to address engineering, and water management or flood protection issues. 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: 21 October 2021
Application deadline: 01 August 2021

Learning objectives

After completing this specialization, you will be able to:

  • explain the latest concepts and theories of irrigation, drainage, flood protection, land reclamation and consolidation technologies for sustainable development;
  • identify the cross-sectoral linkages comprehending wider aspects of society, economy and the environment;
  • apply the latest hydraulic engineering and hydrological methods in planning, design and implementation of irrigation, drainage and flood protection schemes, independently or in a multidisciplinary team;
  • evaluate alternative land and water development options for areas under different land uses and assess their technical, economical, and environmental feasibility;
  • support developers, system managers and water users in the participatory development and management of irrigation, drainage and flood protection schemes for their planning, design, implementation, operation and maintenance, financing and performance assessment;
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of contemporary research issues in the field of land and water development.

Tuition & fellowships

Information about tuition fees can be found here.

The following fellowships are recommended for prospective students who wish to study Irrigation Engineering and Management for Food Security

  • MENA-CD Fellowships

    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 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.

    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, currently available in 37 developing countries and managed by Nuffic, a Dutch non-profit organisation for internationalisation in education.

    IMPORTANT NOTE:

    For All 18 months Delft-based MSc programmes, the Sanitation MSc and the joint programme in Limnology and Wetland Management, which will start in October 2021, it is foreseen that OKP scholarships will be made available. This information still needs to be confirmed and therefore the information stated on our OKP Scholarship page is with reservation. Nevertheless as the time of application will be short and a good preparation improves the chances on a scholarship, we advise you to already apply for academic admission and prepare the required OKP documents.

    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.

    more info: http://www.un-ihe.org/Rotary-Scholarships-for-Water-and-Sanitation-Professionals

  • SIDS Fellowships

    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 June 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 date of application period for Stuned scholarship: 18 January 2021
    -Deadline for submitting an online application for admission with IHE Delft: 24 February 2021

    more info: www.un-ihe.org/stuned

  • 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.

    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:

    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 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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