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Subject : Hydrology and Water Quality (MSc)

Hydrology and Water Quality (MSc)

Course Duration: 2 years
Course Period : September 2006 - July 2008
Tuition Fee : € 13,820 (composite fee) + € 1,815 (research fee)
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands

The Hydrology and Water Quality programme is intended for students who seek careers as academically- trained professionals or scientists in this field. Employment possibilities include positions in hydrological engineering, aquatic chemistry and ecology, water management (both quantitative and qualitative), water management consulting on various topics and careers in fundamental and applied research. Students learn to deal with field observations and models and will be trained to recognise, understand and apply new concepts as they emerge in the discipline.

Soil physics, agrohydrology and groundwater management

This major focuses on water flow and solute transport in the unsaturated zone and the groundwater system in interaction with the soil, vegetation (including crops) and the atmosphere at field and regional scales. Topics studied include:

  • field and model studies of water flow, nutrient transport and pesticide leaching in heterogeneous soils (to support environmental policy);
  • flow of water and the transport and fate of nutrients and pesticides in groundwater systems that interact with streams on a regional scale (to improve groundwater management);
  • hydrological processes in terrestrial ecosystems for nature conservation and restoration at the landscape scale;
  • prevention of waterlogging and salinisation in irrigated agriculture in semi-arid zones by improving drainage design and applying irrigation management;
  • estimation of evaporation, crop water use, soil moisture, groundwater use and water productivity using remote sensing and geo-information techniques;
  • global soil moisture mapping system using radar remote sensing for the assessment, monitoring and reduction of the risk of droughts and floods;
  • effects of land use change (such as deforestation, wetlands and erosion) and climate change on the hydrological cycle.
  • Hydrology and quantitative water management

    This major focuses on studying the surface water system and its interaction with the ground water system on a catchment scale. Students also learn about quantitative water management and its implications. Studies are carried out at the field and catchment scales. Topics studied include:

  • hydraulics and fluid mechanics of rivers (e.g. hydraulics and morphology as an element of hydrological modelling and to support sustainable river management planning);
  • hydrological processes, including field training (e.g. catchment scale hydrological processes and river basin water management);
  • modelling (theory and training of practical applications);
  • hydrogeo)ogy (catchment scale, hydrological processes) and integrated water management (rules and regulations, stakeholders participation to improve policy and decision making at the national and international levels).
  • Aquatic ecology and water quality management

    This major focuses primarily on the physical, chemical and biological processes in surface waters (predominantly in fresh water ecosystems) and on management tools. Studies are carried out at the local, regional and national scales. Education has a multidisciplinary character (environmental engineering, environmental chemistry and aquatic ecology) and ranges from the laboratory scale (detailed process studies) to the scale of actual ecosystems (field studies). The multidisciplinary expertise is applied to the development of integrated models for ecosystem management and water quality management. Topics studied include:

  • the effects of biota on the transport and fate of micropollutants and nutrients;
  • the effects of substances on the functioning and biodiversity of natural aquatic communities;
  • feedback between physical dynamics (flow conditions, turbulence) and biota in aquatic systems.
  • Admission Requirements:
    in agricultural, natural, or environmental sciences , or related fields.
    TOEFL Score of 575 or IELTS 6.5