Three steps to MSc TWM
The degree program starts with an introductory phase (partly on a boat-trip on the Rhine) giving first impressions on the region that will be the main focus of education as well as on the structure of the program.
During the first and second semester, the students will study the six compulsory modules “Basics Water Ecology”, “Applied Water Ecology”, “Water Engineering”, “Social Environmental Sciences”, “Water Basin Management”, “Sustainability & Wetland Management”. To avoid having to frequently move between the two venues of education the first term will be entirely taught at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, whereas the second term will be held at the University of Duisburg-Essen.
The modules on Aquatic Ecology, Water Basin Management and Social Environmental Sciences will be studied within two semesters, whereas sustainability/wetland management and water engineering comprise one semester.
This part of the program is devoted, in particular, to project work and the elective-compulsory courses during the third semester. The focus will be on practical Water Basin Management, applying knowledge acquired in the first two semesters through an internship at potential employers.
Main focus of the fourth semester is the master thesis. In most cases students will start work on a topic related to the master thesis during the internships in the third semester. The thesis will, as a general rule, have an applied topic, such as planning of restoration measures, monitoring concepts, public relations campaigns, analysis of watershed management data. In selected cases the focus of the master thesis will be research-orientated and carried out within an institute of the participating universities.