M.Sc. Transnational Ecosystem-Based Water Management

University of Duisburg-Essen

Application deadline: Both Universities welcome applications all year round
Tuition fee:
  • € 2,100 / Year (EEA)
  • € 5,300 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: April  2015, September  2015
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The influence of transnational and international requirements on water management activities and measures will play an increasingly important role in the future. This is one of the reasons for implementing a new Master of Science Transnational ecosystem-based Water Management. This master program was developed in cooperation between the Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands and the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

In most of Europe, water resource management is currently in a state of transition. New legal requirements (e.g. the EU Water Framework Directive), solution of severe water management problems (e.g. sewage treatment), and new urgent tasks (e.g. transboundary river basin management, flood protection, ecosystem restoration) demand for new management practices and new education programs for water managers. In the future, water resource management measures will largely be planned and implemented on a transnational and international scale.

Based on the changing profile an interdisciplinary degree program in the sector of ecological water management has been developed, which meets the requirements of the European job market. The educational program will enable graduates to solve both classical and contemporary water resource management problems with a combination of engineering, ecological, planning and socio-economic knowledge; accordingly, it will be both a supplement and an alternative to existing degree programs solely focussed on engineering and natural sciences. Thus, graduates will be given improved access to the expanding international job market.

The degree program was designed in collaboration between the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany and the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, with the aim to combine and mutually adapt different academic systems and types of learning and to cover a broad range of water related issues, thus offering broad opportunities for students for their personal and scientific development.

Close co-operation with the regional water industry and water authorities already during the planning as well as their participation in the education, e.g. provision of lectures, internships, practical training and projects, shows the relevance of this education and improves the perspectives of the future graduates.


Transnational ecosystem-based Water Management (TWM) is an integrated interdisciplinary Master degree program in the sector of ecological water management offered by the Radboud University Nijmegen and the University of Duisburg-Essen.

It focuses on four main fields of education - aquatic ecology, hydraulic engineering, management & planning, and socio-economics.

In addition, students have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in particular areas in various elective courses offered.

As an international program, TWM is designed as a modular curriculum. Student performance will be assessed on the basis of an ECTS (European Credit Transfer System)-compatible point system. This facilitates comparability of study achievements for other universities and institutions of higher learning as well as the international acceptance of the graduates.

TWM has been conceived as a two-year international master´s degree program.

The program comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits.

It is divided into three phases: During Phase 1, theoretical knowledge and application are taught in mandatory and optional courses. Phase 1 lasts 1 year and comprises 60 ECTS credits. Phases 2 and 3 belong to the second year of the Master program and comprise 30 ECTS credits each. Within the 2nd phase a series of optional-compulsory courses have to be chosen from the module Optional Courses, altogether summing up to an effort of 14 ECTS credits. Many courses comprise both, theory (lectures) and practice (practical courses, field trips).

Besides, there is always a substantial amount of time reserved for self-studying and preparation for examinations.

The other part of Phase 2 is dedicated to the internship (16 ECTS Credits). The internship aims at practical application of the knowledge gained during the first year. The student will be able to start building his/her own network at external institutions during the internship.

Phase 3 is fully dedicated to the Master Thesis.

Modules & Courses

The program TWM consists of nine modules. The six modules "Basics and Applied Water Ecology", "Water Engineering", "Water Basin Management", "Sustainability & Wetland Management" and "Social Environmental Sciences" cover the main fields of education. They are to be studied within the first year. The module "Optional Courses" offers a variety of subjects for deepening knowledge in related scientific fields, e.g. ecology, microbiology, engineering, economics. The two remaining modules represent an internship/project work of about 10 weeks and the master´s thesis.

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