Transnational ecosystem-based Water Management (M.Sc.)

Place of study

Campus Essen and Radboud University in Nijmegen (Netherlands).

Start of study

TWM is an integrated and interdisciplinary Master double degree program; successful students are granted two diploma. The program is jointly offered by the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE, Essen, Germany) and the Radboud University (RU) Nijmegen in the Netherlands. At UDE, the TWM is an independent study program, while it is a track within the Master program Environmental Sciences at RU.

Both Universities welcome applications all year round. Applicants can chose to start TWM at UDE (summer term, start in April) or RU (winter term, start in September).

Period of study

4 semesters

Preliminary note

An English-language, fee-based master´s course at the University of Duisburg-Essen an Radboud University in Nijmegen (Netherlands).

Description

Vision and Mission

Our vision is a water management that acknowledges the multifaceted threats to human life and well being imposed by overuse and overexploitation of freshwater resources and the ecosystems providing the resources. Past experience has proven that mere engineering is not sufficient. Water management needs to integrate ecology and economy, engineering and social sciences, to be able to come up with long-term, i.e. sustainable solutions.

Our mission is to educate the future water manager. We provide the training to understand the basic principles of all related management sectors: ecology, economy, engineering and social and management sciences. We teach the skills and the knowledge to identify relevant challenges and to develop tailored and integrated solutions.

 

Goals

Water is key to human well-being and the access to clean water and sanitation is a fundamental prerequisite for a healthy life. Yet, overuse and overexploitation of rivers, lakes and wetlands bears a serious threat to social life and people's safety, for instance, where countries are required to share the same water resources.

River regulation has dramatically increased the risk of major floods in many regions of the world, with serious implications for people, but also for the economy. Climate change is predicted to influence freshwater quality and quantity, in particular in mountainous and mediterranean regions. Facing these multifaceted threats, society is in need for new approaches to be able to address integrated water resources management.

Course of study (+)

Course of study and modules

Module

All course and sections of TWM are divided into nine Modules:

  1. Basic Water Ecology (Hydroclimatology, Hydrogeology, Hydraulics)
  2. Applied Water Ecology (Ecology, Aquatic Organisms, Water-borne Diseases, Field Trips)
  3. Water Engineering (Facility Design, WWT, Flood Management, Governance)
  4. Water Basin Management (River and Ecosystem Management, IWRM, Modelling)
  5. Sustainability and Wetlands (Ecological Concepts, Biodiversity)
  6. Social Environmental Sciences (Economics, Social Sciences, Philosophy)
  7. Internship (Project Water Management)
  8. Elective-compulsory Optional Courses (Ecology, (Socio-)Economy, Microbiology, Modelling, Sustainable Development, Statistics...)
  9. Master Thesis

For an overview of individual courses, see the Course overview. Details on individual courses are provided with the Module Handbook (for both documents go to Downloads).

Examinations/ECTS-Credits

120 ECTS, from that
Phase 1 with 60 ECTS
Phase 2 and 3 with each 30 ECTS.

More information on curriculum

Modul handbook
Examination regulation

Admission to study programme (+)

Admission requirements

Dutch and German applicants

According to the Equivalence Treaty from 1983 between the Netherlands and Germany, Dutch and German student applicants follow the same application procedure. Dutch and German applicants are fully eligible if they fulfil the following requirements:

- a University degree (B.Sc., M.Sc., Diploma, State Examination ["Staatsexamen"]) in Environmental Sciences, Natural Sciences, Life Sciences, Water Sciences, Landscape Ecology, Civil Engineering, Water Management, Land Management

Students holding any of the following degrees are eligible, but may need to attend extra courses prior to TWM based on a interview:

- a degree from a University of Professional Education (e.g. B.Sc., M.Sc., "Fachhochschul-Diplom", HBO diploma) in Environmental Sciences, Natural Sciences, Life Sciences, Water Sciences, Landscape Ecology, Civil Engineering, Water Management, Land Management

Applicants who do not meet the requirements can issue an admission request to one of the Contact persons at UDE or RU.

If you wish to start in September (winter term), please contact the student advisor for the master Biology at RU. Please note that non-European applicants are charged an application fee of € 75 at RU (Study Fees).

If you wish to start in April (summer term), please send your Application form (available in the download section) to Mrs. Heike Todenhöfer at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Non-European applicants

As a Non-European student application for the summer semester 2021 is only possible at the international office.

Non-German and non-Dutch applicants

If you wish to start in April (summer term), please send your Application form (available in the download section) to Mrs. Heike Todenhöferat the University of Duisburg-Essen.

If you wish to start in September (winter term), please contact the student advisor for the master Biology at RU.

In addition, the following documents must be provided:

  • statement of motivation for studying TWM (maximum length: two pages);
  • certificates of the relevant (eligible) academic degree (copy); an English translation prepared by an officially-registered translator will be necessary in case the certificate is not in English, German or Dutch language;
  • copies of all transcripts or other academic records that give proof of the undergraduate studies including credits and grades achieved in each single subject; an English translation prepared by an officially-registered translator will be necessary in case the certificate is not in English, German or Dutch language;
  • two photographs;
  • copy of the passport;
  • copy of English language proficiency certificate(s) (see >Language skills);
  • a CV (European format)

Send your application form and all required documents to one of  the following addresses.

To start the summer term at the University of Duisburg-Essen:
Universität Duisburg-Essen
ZWU - Mrs. Heike Todenhöfer
Universitätsstr. 2
45141 Essen
Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 201 183-3523

To start the winter term at Radboud University Nijmegen:
Central Students’ Office
Radboud University Nijmegen
Dienst Studentenzaken
P.O. Box 9102
6500 HC Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0) 24 361 2345

Admission

Admission to TWM

TWM is an integrated and interdisciplinary Master double degree program; successful students are granted two diploma. The program is jointly offered by the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE, Essen, Germany) and the Radboud University (RU) Nijmegen in the Netherlands. At UDE, the TWM is an independent study program, while it is a track within the Master program Environmental Sciences at RU.

Both Universities welcome applications all year round. Applicants can chose to start TWM at UDE (summer term, start in April) or RU (winter term, start in September).

As a Non-European student application for the summer semester 2021 is only possible at the international office.

Application period is 01.11.2020 – 15.03.2021.

Non-EU applicants should apply for a Visa, if relevant, in due time. Visa applications might require several months. Be prepared!
Please note: Only applications providing all required documents will be considered!

The Central Students Offices of the Radboud University or the ZWU, University of Duisburg-Essen will confirm your application within 4 weeks after submission at the latest, but usually earlier. Please feel free to contact the Central Students Offices at RU or Mrs. Todenhöfer at UDE, if you do not receive a confirmation within one month after submission.

 

Special admission requirements

As an international study program, TWM is exclusively taught in English language. Therefore, applicants are required to submit a proof of their English language skills, together with their application. The language requirements are to be found at the online application website.

(IELTS 6.5 overall band score, TOEFL > 90 internet based or > 575 paper based, CAE or CPE mark C or higher)

Examination board

Prof. Dr. Daniel Hering
S05 T03 B15, Tel.: 0201/183-3084
daniel.hering@uni-due.de
consulting hours: on appointment

Language requirements

English language skills.

Basics of the dutch or german language desirable.

The language requirements are to be found at the online application website.

Internships during study

Projekt phases in 3rd (and 4rd semester with master´s thesis)


 

Costs

Tuition and administration fees are charged at both universities. These are subject to legal and administrative regulations and may change. Information on current fees will be provided by your contact persons.

Professional work experiences (+)

Obligatory

yes

Internship Period

12 weeks

Recommendations

3. semester

Content

Why an Internship? The Goals

TWM aims at educating the future water managers. To achieve this goal, practical education and application of the knowledge, tools and methods is required. The Internship will help you identify water-related challenges and tasks and train you to identify appropriate solutions, together with practitioners.

What is an Internship? The Content

Any water management-related topic is eligible. The ideal TWM internship is a well-defined and independent task, developed by the student in cooperation with his/her supervisor at an external water management institution/authority. This set-up facilitates the elaboration of the internship report, which also constitutes an exercise for the final Master Thesis.

Where can I do Internships? The Location

The clear recommendation regarding the location of your Internship is: be practical! You should look for a water board, NGO, private enterprise, governmental institution, international or other authority that is dealing with practical water and water resources management. Any location is eligible, as long as TWM quality standards are being met.

Find more about the Internship here (TWM Guidance).

ECTS-Credits

16 credit points

Network and Careers (+) (+)

Employment prospects

TWM has been developed in cooperation with scientists, managers and policy makers in the field of water (resources) management, representing both in public and private organisations in Germany and the Netherlands. This tight collaboration with practitioners bears a strong career perspective for our graduates.

TWM graduates will be well-educated and have good job opportunities at water authorities, water boards, consultancies, national and international NGOs. TWM provides a sound basis for an academic career too. The track record of TWM Alumni reveals excellent job opportunities; about 80% of the graduates get an employment within less than one year after graduation (see Alumni).

General course guidance for prospective and current students (+)

Due to the Corona pandemic, no personal consultation is available at this time. However, the ABZ will continue to advise prospective and current students and graduates on all questions concerning the choice of study, studies and the transition to working life. You can find the current advisory services at www.uni-due.de/abz.

Contact to the faculty and advisory service (+)

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