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Subject : International Water & Land Management (MSc)
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 


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

This programme focuses on scientific analysis of the physical, technical and socio-economic aspects of land and water management and on the ability to design sustainable and efficient technical structures in land and water management which are appropriate to the relevant agro-ecological and socio-economic environment. The programme pays attention to land and water management at different scales, to interactive approaches with actors at the respective levels, and to the institutional aspects and multifaceted consequences of interventions. The programme addresses issues such as water resources management and the relationship between the hydrological cycle and agriculture, forestry and nature. Management interventions for the conservation of soil and water and the maintenance of natural resources in sustainable farming are an integral part of both specialisations. Socio-economic disciplines and gender issues are integrated with technical aspects.

There are two specialisations:

Erosion and soil & water conservation, deals with land and water management interventions in farming systems (at both field scale and watershed scale) with the aim of preventing, reducing or recovering losses of soil, water and plant nutrients. These losses occur in all climatic zones and in nearly all farming systems. The education and research focus on rain-fed agriculture (with the relevant cropping and livestock systems), and nature conservation. Topics covered include erosion processes and the planning, design and socio-economic evaluation of soil and water conservation measures.

Irrigation and water engineering, aims to teach students about water use in agriculture. Irrigation - from the farm level to the watershed level - is the main focus. Topics include irrigation of agricultural land, design of irrigation systems and improving the performance of existing farm irrigation systems and practices. Irrigation and Water Engineering emphasises the complete integration of engineering and agronomic aspects with the socio-economic and institutional aspects involved in irrigation development. Topics include not only irrigation design/operation and water management in an environmental setting, but also the social forces that drive water, such as gender issues and institutional constraints to land and water development.

Admission Requirements:
BSc
in biological and earth sciences, land and water management, soil science, hydrology, agriculture, or related fields.
TOEFL Score of 575 or IELTS 6.5

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