Water Management and Governance

The programme brings together the scientific study of water resources with practical planning and management skills. Participants are encouraged to study water management from a multi-disciplinary perspective and to seek integrated solutions. 

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

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Delft based, Delft, the Netherlands18 months, starts in October

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2021

For whom?

Prospective water management students who compile a study profile from a wide range of available courses and variety of thesis research topics to ensure that the educational programme is fully aligned with their professional needs.

Degree

Students who successfully complete this programme will receive a MSc degree in Water Management and Governance

Dates

Start: 21 October 2021
Application deadline: 01 August 2021

Learning objectives

The Water Management and Governance MSc Programme aims to develop knowledge, insight and skills required to design, implement and evaluate water management policies and strategies to achieve effective governance of water resources. Once you have successfully completed this programme, you will be able to:

  • describe the rational for an integrated and interdisciplinary approach for managing the water system;
  • identify and critically assess the different functions of the water resources system and the – often competing – interests of the various water users;
  • design, apply and evaluate models for institutional arrangements with emphasis on institutional reforms, policy development and good governance;
  • conduct, independently or in a multidisciplinary team, research.

The eventual learning objectives depend on the thematic study profile, in which you can enroll during the course of the programme.

Tuition & fellowships

Information about tuition fees can be found here.

The following fellowships are recommended for prospective students who wish to study Water Management and Governance

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

    The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program is open to women and men from developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts. JJWBGSP is envisaging opening the 2021 application period late March 2021 with a deadline for applying around mid-May 2021. Please note however that these dates are still tentative.

    An update will be published on the JJWBGSP website in the second half of January 2021. Please check the website around that time. Part of the application procedure will be that you have to ask to referees to upload a recommendation letter in your application for a JJWBSP scholarship. We advise you to already think about possible referees you may ask. We advise you to already think about possible referees you may ask. Up to 5 scholarships will be available for the academic year which start in 2021.

    The following MSc Programmes/Specializations are eligible:

    If you are not admitted to one of these above programs, you are not eligible to apply for a JJWBGSP Scholarship in 2021 to study at IHE Delft.

    more info: www.worldbank.org

  • 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 53 developing countries and managed by Nuffic, a Dutch non-profit organisation for internationalisation in education.

    OKP scholarships will be available for the one-year MSc programme in Sanitation, starting in October 2021. Check the website for procedure and deadlines.

    IMPORTANT NOTE:
    At this moment some adjustments on the OKP programme are being made. The call is expected to open in February 2021. Currently it is unsure whether OKP scholarships for the 18 months Delft-based MSc Programmes starting in October 2021 will be available. Please check this page for possible updates. In order not to miss the deadline, you are strongly advised to already submit your online application for admission via the IHE Delft website. An e-mail will be sent to all applicants with an academic admission, in case OKP scholarships will come available.

    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

    StuNed (Studeren in Nederland) is a scholarship programme that is a part of the bilateral cooperation between the Dutch and Indonesian government. The main objectives of StuNed are to strengthen the human resources in Indonesian organisations and the bilateral relations between the Netherlands and Indonesia at the same time. Currently more than 200 Indonesian students per year are granted a StuNed scholarship. 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 scholarship application deadline is expected in March 2021.

    more info: www.nesoindonesia.or.id

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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