The first year is introductory in character and offers a variety of subjects such as agronomics, soil and water, sociology, economics and environmental sciences. Second and third-year students introduce specialisations, and students learn about the engineering, socio-economic and administrative aspects of land and water management. The third year of the programme also involves an international internship – how does six months in India, Malawi, Australia or Bolivia sound?
See below for a year-by-year summary of the programme.
In the second year you learn about the technical, socio-conomic and legal aspects of land and water management. The programme takes a more specialised look at certain elements, allowing you to pursue your own interests within the broader field.
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.
A range of teaching methods are used in the bachelor's programme in International Land and Water Management that provide not only a theoretical basis, but also a wealth of practical experience. Lectures and tutorials are interspersed with a range of practical classes where students put theory into practice, sometimes as part of a week-long field trip. The programme also includes various excursions: a typical day trip might involve an overview of a range of civil-engineering structures (such as locks and lees), or a visit to a farming business. Students complete a week of field work at the end of their first year and visit Crete, Portugal or Spain during second year.
Much work is conducted in groups with fellow students on an actual problem from professional practice. In their groups, students formulate research questions and collect data to solve the problem, while learning additional skills such as how to hold meetings, give presentations and write scientific reports, essays and posters.