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: September  2015, April  2016
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.


Dutch and German applicants

The formal requirements to apply for the TWM Master program include:

* a University degree (BSc, MSc) in Environmental Sciences in the Natural Science domain or in Biology with a track Environmental Sciences from a Dutch university, or in Water Sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen. These students have direct access to the Master program TWM anddo not need to issue an admission request. .

* a University degree (BSc, MSc, University Diploma (e.g. Universitätsdiplom), State Examination (e.g. Staatsexamen)) in Environmental Sciences (except from a Dutch university and the University of Duisburg-Essen), Biology (without track Environmental Sciences), (Landscape) Ecology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Geography, Civil Engineering, Hydrology, Water Sciences (except from the University of Duisburg-Essen), Water and Land Management, and Molecular Life Science.

In exceptional cases a deficiency program may be imposed, depending on the qualification of the applicant. The qualification will be assessed based on an interview;

* a degree from a University of Professional Education (e.g. BSc, MSc, Diploma (Fachhochschuldiplom, HBO diploma) in one of the above mentioned study programs.

A deficiency program may be imposed, depending on the qualification of the applicant. The qualification will be assessed based on an interview.

Applicants who do not meet these formal requirements can issue an admission request which will be assessed individually.

Start winter term at Radboud University: Applicants can start the application procedure by contacting the student advisor for Bio-Sciences.

After receiving your application, the TWM Examination Board will make an assessment. The Central Students´ Office will inform you about the Board´s decision within 6 weeks after receiving your application, at the latest.
Students with a University degree (BSc, MSc) in Environmental Sciences or in Biology with the track Environmental Sciences from a Dutch university, and students with a University degree (BSc, MSc) in Water Sciences from the University of Duisburg-Essen can directly enrol for the TWM Master program at the Central Students' Office at the Radboud University (Dienst Studentenzaken, Comeniuslaan 4) and the University of Duisburg-Essen (Studierendensekretariat, Universitaetsstrasse 2). These students

Start summer term: Please send your application directly to heike.todenhoefer@uni-due.de

Applicants not coming from the Netherlands or Germany

* Start winter term at Radboud University (September 2011)

* Start summer term at University of Duisburg-Essen (April 2012)

Fill in the application form and submit it together with the following documents:

* a statement of motivation for studying TWM (a maximum of two pages);
* a copy of the first degree academic certificates;
* a translation of the degree certificates, made by an officially recognised translator in English, in case the original documents are not written in German or Dutch;
* copies of all transcripts or other academic records that give proof of the undergraduate studies including credits and grades achieved in each single subject;
* a translation in English of the transcripts and records, in case the original documents are not written in German or Dutch;
* two photographs;
* copy of the passport;
* copy of English language proficiency certificate(s) (see > Language skills);
* a CV (European format)

Send the application form and all your documents to one of the following addresses depending if you are starting in winter or summer term.

Start winter term at Radboud University:
Central Students Office
Radboud University Nijmegen
Dienst Studentenzaken
P.O. Box 9102
6500 HC Nijmegen
The Netherlands
phone: +31 24 361 23 45
Start summer term at University of Duisburg-Essen:
Universität Duisburg-Essen
ZWU - Mrs. Heike Todenhöfer
Universitätsstr. 2
45141 Essen

Both Universities welcome applications all year round.

Please send your application directly to heike.todenhoefer@uni-due.de by 1 March2012 (EU applicants), if you wish to enter the program on 1 April 2012. Due to additional documents required for non- EU applicants (visa, approval of the international office of the University), applicants should submit their application by 15 January 2012.
Consider at least eight to twelve weeks for visa arrangements and several months, if a scholarship is envisaged
Be aware that these deadlines do not guarantee to obtain a visa and/or a grant/scholarship which may be required. The deadline for starting such procedures could mount up to 12 months before the start of the study program. Be prepared!

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 80


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