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Programme of Transnational eco-system based Water Management

Programme outline

Double degree programme in Transnational Ecosystem-based Water Management

The 120 EC* double degree programme in Transnational ecosystem-based Water Management is partly taught at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) and partly at Radboud University (RU). It consists of three phases:

  • Semester 1 + 2: compulsory course modules (Sep-Jan RU, Feb-Aug UDE)
  • Semester 3: project water management and elective courses (UDE or RU)
  • Semester 4: Master’s thesis (UDE, RU or externally)

Below, you’ll find an overview of the course modules, project work, electives and Master’s thesis.

Compulsory courses at Radboud University

  1. Orientation in Biology and Environmental Sciences (3 EC)
  2. Ecological and Environmental Concepts (3 EC)
  3. Management of Ecosystems (3 EC)
  4. Biodiversity and Ecological Assessment (3 EC)
  5. Ecological and Environmental Modelling (3 EC)
  6. Water Governance and Spatial Planning (3 EC)
  7. Integrated Water Management (3 EC)
  8. Environmental Economics for Water Management (3 EC)
  9. Social Aspects of Water Management (3 EC)
  10. Philosophy of water management (3 EC)
  11. Master Portfolio (0 EC)

Compulsory courses at the University of Duisburg-Essen

  1. Hydroclimatology and Sustainable Water Management (3 EC)
  2. Hydrogeology and Application (4 EC)
  3. Water Quality Modelling (3 EC)
  4. Ecology and Protection of Freshwater Ecosystems and Aquatic Organisms (5 EC)
  5. Field Trips (2 EC)
  6. Water-borne Diseases (2 EC)
  7. Basics in Hydraulic Planning and Facility Design (3 EC)
  8. Waste Water Treatment (3 EC)
  9. Flood Management (2 EC)
  10. River Basin Management (3 EC)

Module 7: Project water management (16 EC)

In this module, you’ll elaborate a small self-contained project or carry out research related to a project or activity in the field of water management. You’ll present the results in the form of an internship report and a presentation.

Module 8: Electives (14 EC)

Both universities offer a variety of subjects for deepening knowledge in related scientific fields, for example in ecology, microbiology, engineering and economics. You’ll have the opportunity to follow multiple courses for 14 EC in total.

Module 9: Master’s thesis (30 EC)

The final semester of this programme consists of a research internship including a Master’s thesis. This internship can be performed at one of the double degree programme universities, but most students choose to perform this internship at another university abroad or at a water management related organisation.

Master Portfolio

Master Portfolio Biosciences (0 EC)

* 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.