Programme outline

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KU Leuven
accredited by NVAO
Brussels Engineering, Sciences & Humanities Campus

The Interuniversity Programme in Water Resources Engineering offers a two year Master of Water Resources Engineering course, which is intended for graduates (or equivalent) in engineering, agriculture, hydrology and other related subjects. The main goal is to offer comprehensive training in water resources engineering to engineers and scientists from developing as well as industrialized countries. The programme blends various basic and applied courses, hydrology and engineering sciences associated with water resources development with appropriate organizational and managerial skills. The course is specially tailored for those who want to develop their knowledge and understanding of water resources engineering, and are or expect to be involved in the design, operation or day-to-day management of water resources schemes in developing countries or anywhere in the world.

The first year curriculum is common for all participants while in the second year, a common base with optional courses. After successful completion of the 2-year study programme, a Master of Water Resources Engineering degree is offered.

In the 1st year of the study programme a review of the basic knowledge is proposed, in order to achieve a common base level between students with different backgrounds. The 1st year is primarily organized at the K.U.Leuven. This programme consists of a number of courses (Advanced mathematics for water engineering, Statistics for water engineering, Irrigation agronomy, Aquatic ecology, Hydraulics, Surface Hydrology, Groundwater Hydrology and Water quality assessment, monitoring and treatment) and 4 workshops: (1) Hydrological data processing; (2) GIS;  (3) Hydrological measurements and (4) Remote sensing.

In the the 2nd year of the Master programme, a broad spectrum of topics is given to ensure the coverage of the main aspects related to water resources engineering. The topics in the second year are intended to broaden the water resources engineering knowledge and to provide a deeper understanding in either Hydrology, Irrigation, Water Quality or Aquatic Ecology depending on the area of specialization. The 2nd year is primarily organized at the V.U.B. The courses in the programme make extensive use of modelling tools relevant to various aspects of the design, operation and management of water resources development projects.

The curriculum of the 2nd year is composed of 2 common courses (Systems approach to water management; and 'Social, political, institutional, economic and environmental aspects of water resourses), one Integrated project (either on a Humid case or on a Semi-arid case study) and the thesis research project. Furthermore, 3 courses of  5 study points each have to be selected from a list of optional courses in the field of water resources engineering and modelling. .

Each academic year starts normally on the last Monday of September and is subdivided into two semesters, each with a length of 13 lecture weeks. The first semester lasts from September to January, the second semester from February to May.  There are 2-week holidays at Christmas/New Year and at Easter. The full Master study programme includes 120 credit-units (ECTS) , normally spread over 4 semesters (2 academic years), i.e. 60 ECTS per academic year or 30 ECTS per semester.  The integrated project design of 5 ECTS, and the thesis research project is equivalent to 30 ECTS.

In each academic year, there are two ordinary examination sessions. The first is to be concluded in June or July, the second in September. Examinations are held in January and form an integral part of the first examination session. Evaluation tests and examinations are compulsory for all the students.

More information

For more information visit the website of the MSc in Water Resources Engineering.