The Hydrology master's programme provides the student with sound scientific knowledge of how water cycles through the Earth’s atmosphere, surface and groundwater systems and how water quantity and quality are modified due to natural processes, or in response to human interference with the water cycle (e.g. pollution, land use change, etc.). This knowledge is a prerequisite for the sustainable use of our water resources that are being threatened by the continuous increase in the world’s population and the associated increase in water use and agricultural and industrial pollution. As water issues are often not restricted to a single country, the Master’s programme is strongly oriented to provide an international perspective.
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consists completely of compulsory courses that are distributed over the
two teaching lines (1) Process Hydrology (2) Water Risk. Here the
students get acquainted with several key components of the hydrological
system (e.g. catchment hydrology, ecohydrology, groundwater etc.), as
well as their links to society (explicit in e.g. Water Economics and
Integrated Modelling in Hydrology courses). At the end of the year the
students learn how to perform measurements, and then apply these
themselves in a field study (including 3-4 week field trip) which is
aimed at teaching the students to collect data themselves, formulate and
find answers to hypothesis, and link the various subsystems in hydrology
and their ties to societal issues.
student, where he/she can follow courses according to their own
interest. The only compulsary part is the thesis (36 ects), leaving 24
ects (4 full time courses) open on elective courses. These elective
options can be filled with advanced courses building on some courses
from the first year (Advance Groundwater Processes and Water Risks),
courses shared with other programs (such as Earth Sciences, ERM), or
even courses offered by partner universities (such as UvA). The planning
is flexible; the student works on a thesis research, and follows
elective courses whenever they are given. This means that the student
can already start with his/her thesis research directly at the start of
the academic year.
elective courses. These can include advanced courses in Hydrology,
courses from related MSc programs (such as Earth Sciences and ERM), of
even courses offered at partner universities (such as UvA). In case you
are interested in following a course which is not listed here, you can
contact the coordinator after whose approval a request can be send to
the exam committee for the student to include that course in his/her
programme is the Thesis Research (36 ects). The remaining 24 ects should
be filled with elective courses.
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