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Programme of Water and Management

Programme outline

The Master’s specialisation in Water and Environment is taught at the Faculty of Science. It has a course load of 120 EC* (two years). The first year of this specialisation contains five compulsory courses in the first quartile. You can compose the rest of the programme with specialisation and free electives, internships, literature theses and optionally a field course in Ireland or Switzerland.

  • Compulsory courses (15 EC)
  • Specialisation elective (3 EC)
  • Philosophy elective (3 EC)
  • Science electives (9 EC)
  • Free electives (6 EC)
  • Two internships (2 x 36 EC)
  • Literature thesis 1 (6 EC)
  • Literature thesis 2 / field work (6 EC)

Compulsory courses

Orientation in biology and environmental sciences (3 EC)
In this first Master’s course in the curriculum, you’ll become acquainted with the research as carried out in the Institute for Water and Wetland Research (IWWR) at Radboud University. This programme is supplemented with excursions to institutes and organisations for you to get clear impressions of future career options.

Ecological and environmental concepts (3 EC)
The emphasis of this course lies on the historical context of ecological and environmental issues, and on the unknown future of sustainable development. We’ll discuss all P’s of the triple P concept: People, Planet and Profit.

Management of ecosystems (3 EC)
In this course you’ll learn how biogeochemical research can be applied in nature management and restoration. By focussing on biogeochemical and ecological key factors and processes, you’ll gain insight into the actual causal relationships between environmental changes and ecosystem responses.

Biodiversity and ecological assessment (3 EC)
The focus of this course is on the importance of biodiversity for functioning of (semi) aquatic ecosystems and the assessment of biodiversity values in river systems.

Environmental and ecological modelling (3 EC)
You’ll gradually learn to build your own model for environmental problems such as eutrophication and chemical pollution (food chain accumulation). Guest-lectures demonstrate how models are used in different settings, ranging from fundamental research to consultancy.

Specialisation electives

You can choose your specialisation elective from a list of selected courses. Examples are:

Science electives

Sciences electives are courses of your interest within the field of natural sciences. These courses should be approved by the Examination Board.

Free electives

A free elective can be any course taught at Radboud University, another Dutch university or abroad. Your free electives should be approved by the Examination Board.

Philosophy Elective

A list of philosophy electives from which you may choose is provided.

(International) internships

During your internships, you’ll be responsible for your own experiments, under the supervision of one of our top researchers at the Institute for Water and Wetlands Research (IWWR). Most students choose to perform their first internship at Radboud University and their second internship abroad, or at a Dutch governmental organisation, NGO or company. Recent examples are:

  • Research into sustainable agricultural water-use in Brazil
  • Research on to stagnant water and public health in Indonesia
  • A consultancy internship at Royal HaskoningDHV, related to the floods in New Orleans
  • Projects focused on national issues at the National Institute for Public Health RIVM, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), regional water boards and research organisation RAVON

For suggestions, you can contact one of the professors below or you can confer with our teaching staff or the student advisor. It is also possible to apply for a grant to perform an internship at the Max Planck Gesellschaft, one of the world's most renowned research institutes.

At Radboud University, relevant departments include:

See ‘Our research in this field ’ for a description of these departments.

* European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)
The workload of an academic year is equivalent to 60 European credits (EC), where 1 EC point is 28 hours of study.