In the field of water (process) technology, breakthrough technological developments are required. Not only to enable the export ambitions of the water sector but also to solve global threats and challenges in society. A combined technological approach, based on the state-of-the-art in science and technology, may offer a solution to several developments, within business and society, with a worldwide impact on the demand for and use of water. Together they formed reason for initiative to start a joint degree in water technology.
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 masters programme in Water Technology has been set up.
The master Water Technology is a two year programme with a joint degree. The programme is offered jointly by Wageningen UR, University Twente and University of Groningen with education being provided at the Technological Top Institute for Water technology (TTIW Wetsus), in Leeuwarden.
Water technology is a multi- and interdisciplinary specialised master programme, based on combined knowledge from the field of Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering. The specialisation water technology combines biological and chemical conversion (science) with separation technologies, sophisticated technological systems and new/improved materials (technology). This combination offers many opportunities to develop innovations in water technology, especially when researchers work interdisciplinary and in close collaboration. The main research areas are covered by the basis sciences chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics.
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.
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The Master Water Technology is a two year study programme and encompasses 120 credits. The programme starts annually in September.
The first year consists of two semesters, each with two periods. Period one, two and three consist of ten weeks each. During the first eight weeks, three courses of five credits are taught in parallel. Week nine and ten are reserved for (re-)exams. At the end of the first year students plan their internship (ten weeks).
The second year of the joint degree Water Technology is spent on a Business Case Design project, an elective part and a thesis (28 weeks). The internship, the design project and the thesis are the core components of this programme.
Compulsory course must be successfully completed by all students taking part in the Water Technology programme.
Students who wish to enrol in this joint degree MSc programme must have:
The MSc programme Water Technology is a joint degree programme and combines two main disciplines: Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. 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.
Of course, it is also possible to be admitted with a different degree. The basic intention is to admit students who are expected to be able to take their degree in the nominal study time of two years. The presence, level and result of relevant courses in mathematics, physics and chemistry will be judged. Furthermore, some affinity with the field of water (technology) is required.
The programme Water Technology raises different requirements with regard to the minimum level for proficiency in English.
No work experience is required.
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