Master of Water Resources Engineering 24 months Postgraduate Program By KU Leuven |Top Universities
Program Duration

24 monthsProgram duration

Tuitionfee

1,116 EURTuition Fee/year

Scholarship

YesScholarships

Main Subject Area

Engineering - GeneralMain Subject Area

Program overview

Main Subject

Engineering - General

Degree

MSc

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

Master of Water Resources Engineering

The programme trains students from both developed and developing countries with technical and managerial knowledge and skills to: (i) successfully plan, design, operate and manage water resources projects; and (ii) advise and support authorities in policy-making to enhance the safe and equitable use of water resources. A strong focus is put on the use of state-of-the-art numerical simulation tools for integrated water management.

About the programme

The Master’s programme provides multi-disciplinary and high-quality university education in the field of water resources engineering. Students will be trained with technical and managerial knowledge and skills to: (i) successfully plan, design, operate and manage water resources projects; and (ii) advise and support authorities in decision-making and policy-making that enhance the safe exploitation and re-use of wastewater and the equitable distribution and conservation of local, regional and global water resources.

Water Resources Engineering deals with the methods and techniques applied in the study of: 

  • water needs for agriculture, industry, households, recreation, navigation, hydroelectric power generation
  • problems related to storm water drainage and flood damage mitigation
  • problems related to water quality in streams and aquifers, erosion, sedimentation, protection of ecosystems and other natural resources
  • integrated water management
  • institutional, socio-economic, and policy issues related to water resources development and management
The first year of the full programme builds a common foundation and is the same for all students. In the second year a more personal programme is designed. Through the choice of 3 elective courses and a specific topic for thesis research, you can tailor your study programme to fit your interests. Courses are held both at KU Leuven and the VUB campus in Brussels.

Strengths

  1. The programme has a strong research-base, which is supported by water-related research in several faculties of both VUB and KU Leuven. The research is also on water resources in the South and the North under a wide range of climates and environments.
  2. Project-based learning activities (working on real-world case studies) are a major teaching method. This helps students to acquire the practical skills and attitudes needed in their professional life.
  3. Global water-related challenges and commitments are discussed throughout the programme. This includes the Sustainable Development Goals (e.g. with water being closely linked to SDG6 clean water and sanitation, and related to SDG2 zero hunger, SDG13 climate action, SDG14 life below water). The programme also covers the water management needs as formulated in the EU water legislation such as the Water Framework Directive and the Floods Directive. Hereby, climate and land-use change are an important focus. 
Career perspectives

Career prospects in the water sector are excellent. The water sector proves to be a stable employment environment with a continually rising need for highly educated professionals. Programme graduates will deal with the exploitation and management of water resources and, to a lesser extent, with education and research. Graduates are therefore prepared to fulfil both a professional and academic role. The programme's academic-level education not only prepares water sector professionals but also future lecturers and researchers, creating a multiplier effect that spreads across many countries.
Government agencies, drinking water companies, and other companies play a decisive role in the management of present and future aquifers and river basins. They need well-trained water professionals. Many graduates find employment with private companies, such as consultancy agencies and industrial firms. Others go on to careers in non-governmental organisations.

Program overview

Main Subject

Engineering - General

Degree

MSc

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

Master of Water Resources Engineering

The programme trains students from both developed and developing countries with technical and managerial knowledge and skills to: (i) successfully plan, design, operate and manage water resources projects; and (ii) advise and support authorities in policy-making to enhance the safe and equitable use of water resources. A strong focus is put on the use of state-of-the-art numerical simulation tools for integrated water management.

About the programme

The Master’s programme provides multi-disciplinary and high-quality university education in the field of water resources engineering. Students will be trained with technical and managerial knowledge and skills to: (i) successfully plan, design, operate and manage water resources projects; and (ii) advise and support authorities in decision-making and policy-making that enhance the safe exploitation and re-use of wastewater and the equitable distribution and conservation of local, regional and global water resources.

Water Resources Engineering deals with the methods and techniques applied in the study of: 

  • water needs for agriculture, industry, households, recreation, navigation, hydroelectric power generation
  • problems related to storm water drainage and flood damage mitigation
  • problems related to water quality in streams and aquifers, erosion, sedimentation, protection of ecosystems and other natural resources
  • integrated water management
  • institutional, socio-economic, and policy issues related to water resources development and management
The first year of the full programme builds a common foundation and is the same for all students. In the second year a more personal programme is designed. Through the choice of 3 elective courses and a specific topic for thesis research, you can tailor your study programme to fit your interests. Courses are held both at KU Leuven and the VUB campus in Brussels.

Strengths

  1. The programme has a strong research-base, which is supported by water-related research in several faculties of both VUB and KU Leuven. The research is also on water resources in the South and the North under a wide range of climates and environments.
  2. Project-based learning activities (working on real-world case studies) are a major teaching method. This helps students to acquire the practical skills and attitudes needed in their professional life.
  3. Global water-related challenges and commitments are discussed throughout the programme. This includes the Sustainable Development Goals (e.g. with water being closely linked to SDG6 clean water and sanitation, and related to SDG2 zero hunger, SDG13 climate action, SDG14 life below water). The programme also covers the water management needs as formulated in the EU water legislation such as the Water Framework Directive and the Floods Directive. Hereby, climate and land-use change are an important focus. 
Career perspectives

Career prospects in the water sector are excellent. The water sector proves to be a stable employment environment with a continually rising need for highly educated professionals. Programme graduates will deal with the exploitation and management of water resources and, to a lesser extent, with education and research. Graduates are therefore prepared to fulfil both a professional and academic role. The programme's academic-level education not only prepares water sector professionals but also future lecturers and researchers, creating a multiplier effect that spreads across many countries.
Government agencies, drinking water companies, and other companies play a decisive role in the management of present and future aquifers and river basins. They need well-trained water professionals. Many graduates find employment with private companies, such as consultancy agencies and industrial firms. Others go on to careers in non-governmental organisations.

Admission requirements

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Admission requirements

This programme is open to any applicant holding an academic bachelor's or master’s degree in bioscience engineering, engineering or certain applicable core sciences:

  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Bioscience Engineering
  • Bachelor of Environmental Engineering
  • Bachelor of Geography
  • Bachelor of Geology
  • Bachelor of Biology
  • Bachelor of Sciences
Candidates who already hold a master's degree from a university in the European Economic Area (EEA) in agricultural, civil, or environmental engineering or equivalent can apply for the abridged master's programme

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Student profile

The programme is oriented towards international students with a diverse educational background. 

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Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

1,116 EUR
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International Students

1,116 EUR
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