Aquatic Ecology

MasterTransnational ecosystem-based Water Management

The double degree specialisation TWM is an international programme for future water managers, combining ecology, hydrology, and socio-economics. The focus is on ecological solutions, which are often more effective than technical adjustments.

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Something for you?

  • You will profit from the expertise at two universities and after successful completion get both a Dutch and a German diploma.
  • The specialisation is closely connected to the Radboud Institute for Biological and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Aquatic Ecology in Duisburg-Essen, leading institutes in research on environmental, nature and water issues.
  • Radboud University has close ties to water authorities, from regional water authorities to international agencies, consultancies and non-profit organisations.
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Admission requirements

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Admission and application
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What will you learn

In this programme, you will learn to tackle problems in international water management on the basis of ecological, hydrological, and social-economic aspects. During your internships, you will be responsible for your own analysis, under the supervision of one of our top researchers.

The programme is partly taught at Radboud University and partly at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. This means that you will profit from the expertise at two universities and become familiar with different cultures and research approaches.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

The programme gives you a broad background. Our graduates often find a job as manager or project leader, with an all-encompassing view in national or international water-related projects. Most students quickly take up a position as a project coordinator, policy officer or analyser at a water-related governmental organisation. But there are of course also various other possibilities, like teacher in biology, consultant, or communications officer.

After your studies


The programme is tightly connected to the Radboud Institute for Biological and Environmental Sciences. For over more than 20 years, researchers try to fundamentally understand recovery processes and connect all different components in an ecosystem. This includes both the biological and the societal aspects. Due to this long history, the institute profits from an ample funding and a large research network, both inside and outside academia.

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Questions about this programme?

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.