Programme bachelor International Land and Water Management

The bachelor's programme (BSc) in International Land and Water Management is a three-year programme. A variety of teaching methods is used, ranging from lectures, tutorials and computerbased learning, to practical field work and excursions both in the Netherlands and abroad. Students often work in small groups on certain topics. The programme therefore offers practical, applied and fundamental (theoretical) knowledge.

See below for a year-by-year summary of the programme.

First year

The first year is introductory in character and includes subjects such as soil and water, agronomics, sociology, economics and hydraulics.

You become familiar with the field of study and the professional career possibilities. The first year concludes with a case study and practical fieldwork in the Netherlands.

Courses in the first year

Second year

In the second year you learn more about engineering, socio-economic and policy aspects of land and water management.

The year starts with an excursion to Southern Europe, to see how land and water management works in these Mediterranean areas. Students analyse a range of techniques and measures that can be taken to improve irrigation and combat erosion. Visit dams, a water purification plant, terraced landscapes and badlands, and learn about the dilemmas faced by farmers, companies and government authorities in the field of land and water management.

Courses in the second year

Third year

Third-year students complete an internship in order to gain practical experience and to further pinpoint where their interests lie. Elective credits also allow you to complete a minor or study subjects as a specialisation in a certain area, such as hydrology, education, plant cultivation or soil science. These subject clusters are discussed and set out in consultation with a study advisor. The bachelor’s programme concludes with a final research project and accompanying thesis.

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