Water Science and Management is a two-year Master’s programme. It integrates knowledge from the natural and the social sciences as a response to the (emerging) needs in the professional field. The trend toward more holistic approaches is increasingly complicating the task of water managers. This trend stems from the quest for sustainable development, stakeholder participation and economic accountability. This has given rise to a need for water managers who take a broad societal perspective on water management issues, operating alongside and in cooperation with more traditional and technical water managers.

Science and policy

This programme trains you to become a water professional who is knowledgeable of the technical aspects of water management and able to implement this knowledge with an eye to societal needs. You will view water management in the light of sustainable development — taking into account the central role water plays in human life and nature — and bear in mind societal costs and benefits when considering technical innovations. As a graduate, you will have a solid basis in water science together with the ability to apply your knowledge in policy formulation.