Limnology and Wetland Management

You will learn about the structure and functioning of aquatic and wetland ecosystems for their management and wise use, and learn how to interact with stakeholders, managers and policy makers for the development of best practices.

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    What is Joint Programme

    Part of the programme is given at a partner institute, often in another country/continent. Joint programmes have varying start and end dates.

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Joint Programme, BOKU, Vienna, Austria; Egerton University, Kenya; Delft, The Netherlands18 months, starts in October

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For whom?

This Masters Programme is intended for mid-career professionals with a background in biological or environmental sciences, and with a special interest in one of the following topics: aquatic ecology, limnology, wetland ecosystems, or aquatic resources management.


Students who successfully complete the programme will be awarded the Master degree in Limnology and Wetland Management. This degree will be awarded jointly by Egerton University, BOKU and IHE Delft.

Joint programme

This specialization is a joint programme given with BOKU: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria, and Egerton University, Kenya.


Start: 01 October 2019
Application deadline: 15 June 2019

Learning objectives

After successfully completing this specialization, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and apply an understanding of the physical, chemical and biological structure and associated processes of inland aquatic ecosystems;
  • Design sampling strategies for cost-effective effective monitoring of aquatic ecosystems, and to support clearly stated policy objectives;
  • Understand the relationship between pressures from catchment land use, invasive species and fisheries exploitation, and the ecology of lakes, rivers and wetlands;
  • Integrate potentially conflicting stakeholder objectives for the sustainable use of lakes, rivers and wetlands.

Structure & contents

The Limnology and Wetland Management Programme brings you to Vienna (Austria), Njoro (Kenya) and Delft (The Netherlands) under the joint responsibility of IHE Delft. The coursework part of the programme starts in Vienna in October, where you will attend basic modules (16 weeks).

  • October - January

    BOKU, Vienna, Austria
    • Basics in Limnology Required

      Course at BOKU 

    • Ecology of Aquatic Organisms Required

      Course at BOKU 

    • Basics in Applied Limnology Required

      Course at BOKU

    • Aquatic Ecosystem Management Required

      Course at BOKU 

In February you will travel to Egerton University in Kenya for the next four modules. In this part the emphasis will be on tropical limnology of lakes and rivers and you will have field visits to Lake Naivasha, Lake Victoria and Lake Nakuru.

  • February - May

    Egerton, Njoro, Kenya
    • Lake Ecology Required

      Course at Egerton

    • Stream and River Ecology Required

      Course at Egerton

    • Wetlands for Water Quality Required

      Course at Egerton

    • Fisheries and Aquaculture Required

      Course at Egerton

End of May you will depart for The Netherlands for the last four modules. Finally you will prepare a research proposal and you will finish with a research period of 6 months in The Netherlands, Austria, one of the East African countries or in your home country.

  • May - July

    IHE Delft, The Netherlands
    • Aquatic Ecosystems Processes and Applications Required
      Learning Objectives
      1. Conduct laboratory techniques used for basic limnological studies. Specifically, you will be able to measure physical-chemical properties, chlorophyll a concentration in seston and periphyton; measure and calculate primary production and community respiration, measure nutrient concentration and turbidity, calculate and measure ash free dry mass, and perform zooplankton counts.
      2. Develop a research question based on the experimental design.
      3. Analyze data using either statistical or modeling techniques to answer your research question.
      4. Produce a report in the format of a scientific article that presents your research question, the data supporting it, and a discussion of your results, including a review of relevant literature.
      5. Critically analyze your colleagues' work in the form of a professional peer review.
    • Data Analysis and Modelling for Aquatic Ecosystems Required

      Learning Objectives

      • Store and manipulate experimental data;
      • Perform exploratory data analysis using MS Excel and R;
      • Perform basic statistical procedures and analyses using R;
      • Understand and apply the principles of Bayesian statistics;
      • Construct a dynamic simulation model of an ecosystem using Stella;
      • Discuss the strengths, weaknesses of the analyses;
      • Communicate the methods, results and conclusions of a case study.
    • Wetlands for Livelihoods and Conservation Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. understand the concept of ecosystem functions and services, and means of assessing it;
      2. develop adaptive management for wetlands in response to climate change;
      3. analyse problems and formulate objectives according to the Objective Oriented Planning (OOP) method;
      4. analyse systematically the role that stakeholders have in wetland planning and management;
      5. develop and carry out stakeholder interviews and surveys;
      6. construct a wetland management plan based on the guidelines of the Ramsar Convention.
    • Groupwork ES Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. Solve complex environmental problems by integrating the content of the preceding modules;
      2. Make decisions on the basis of a limited amount of information;
      3. Work in a team to solve complex environmental problems
    • MSc Research Proposal Development for ES Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. 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;
      2. list available literature and replicate main arguments expounded in the literature on the specified research topic;
      3. demonstrate analytical problem-analysis skills and the ability to distil the strategic issues to be addressed in the research phase;
      4. plan 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 each stage of the research project;
      5. develop and formulate the research proposal in a clearly written, well argued and convincing report, submitted within a set deadline;
      6. develop and formulate the research proposal in a clearly written, well argued and convincing report, submitted within a set deadline; 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.

Tuition & fellowships

Information about tuition fees can be found here.

The following fellowships are recommended for prospective students who wish to study Limnology and Wetland Management

  • Orange Knowledge Programme

    The Orange Knowledge Programme merges the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) and NICHE into a single integrated approach. The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to advance the development of the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals and institutions in higher and vocational education. 

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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

You have to apply for admission to this programme to both IHE Delft and to Boku University. For IHE Delft's admission to the programme please apply online, the link to the application section of our website is available at the top of this page. For your application with Boku University, you can apply via IPGL's admission office

You need to submit the following documents to IHE Delft:

  • 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 Ineke Melis
Admission and Fellowship Officer



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