Wageningen University and Research

Water Technology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    17600 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English


New water process technology needs to be developed in order to produce clean water from alternative sources like salt (sea) water, waste water or humid air minimizing the use of precious groundwater and to treat waste water and to recover valuable compounds. These challenges require academically-trained experts that can think out of the box and help to find practical solutions in the near future. To train and educate these experts a dedicated joint master’s programme in Water Technology at Wageningen University and Research has been set up.

Despite the enormous importance for society and the challenges for the market, water technology is not a focus point of most academic research and education programmes. Instead, the expertise of various research groups is usually concentrated on other processes and in some cases only later dedicated to water treatment in spin-off projects. Solutions are required for existing and new global problems related to the availability and quality of water for personal, agricultural, and industrial use in a sustainable manner with a minimal impact on the environment.

The design of the programme reflects on abovementioned challenges. These challenges are approached from a multidisciplinary perspective, bridging new technological and business developments on one hand and societal and user desires, needs and opportunities on the other.


Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Global Water Cycle
  • Chemical Reactor Design
  • Colloid Chemistry
  • Multi-component mass transfer in membrane processes 
  • Bioreactor Design
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Successful completion of the Wageningen University BSc study programmes ‘Environmental Technology’ or ‘Biotechnology’ or the University Twente and University of Groningen BSc study programme ‘Chemical Engineering’ entitles students to an unconditional admission to the joint degree Water Technology.

General admission requirements

Students who wish to enrol in this joint degree MSc programme must have: 

  • At least a BSc degree (or equivalent) in a field of science relevant to the specific programme selected
  • A GPA (Grade Point Average) for the BSc study of at least 7 (or 70% of the maximum of the scale)
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken
  • Good skills in mathematics and/or statistics
  • Basic computer skills

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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    17600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17600 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

Living costs for Wageningen

700 - 800 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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