Hydrology and Water Resources

You are interested in the effects of climate change and other influences on the water balance of catchments, or you would like to support optimal land management when dealing with hydrological extremes. Then the specialisation Hydrology and Water Resources might be interesting for you.

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About the specialisation

This specialisation allows you to develop as a hydrologist and gain an in-depth understanding of catchment-scale hydrological processes and quantitative river basin water management. You take courses in the fields of catchment hydrology, hydrogeology, river flow and morphology, hydrometeorology and soil physics. Key elements are the use and understanding of advanced measurement, modelling and assimilation techniques in a wide range of hydro-climatic settings. Other topics are transport processes of water, sediment and solutes over and through soils, particularly in relation to land-use, land-use change and management practices and other human influences. You study how these processes affect soils, groundwater, crops, vegetation and related ecosystem services. Using (field) measurements and models, you examine these processes at a range of scales, from the plot scale, via the river basin scale, to the global scale.

By using advanced measurement and modelling techniques, you improve our understanding of these catchment-scale hydrological processes in order to improve management of water systems. In these models you integrate hydrological theory and experimental results with knowledge from other disciplines such as soil science, vegetation science and meteorology. These models can be used to provide solutions to issues like soil and groundwater pollution, salinization, and water availability for vegetation and crops, as well as for the analysis of urban hydrology issues and developing ground water management plans.

Academic Master's Cluster*

Academic Master's Cluster (AMC) consists of 2 blocks (9 + 3 ECTS): one block is compulsory; the other is selected in consultation with your study adviser. Depending on your previous education and career orientation, you can choose from three options:

  1. Academic Consultancy Training and Modular Skills Training (MOS);
  2. Design of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies and Modular Skills Training (MOS)
  3. Research Master's Cluster: Academic Research Proposal Writing

Thesis and Internship

You work on your thesis in the first half of year 2; in the second half you complete your internship. Within this specialisation you can choose from two chair groups to write your thesis: