Water, Society & Technology specialisation

This specialisation focuses on water use in agriculture. Irrigation – from the farm level to the watershed level – is the main theme. Topics include irrigation of agricultural land, design of irrigation systems and improving the performance of existing farm irrigation systems and practices. Water flows do not only follow hydraulic laws. Although technical aids such as pumps and weirs can move it up, and canals and pipes can guide it down, it is ultimately people who determine where the water flows and how much water each user receives.

Courses and Thesis

This table shows the courses of this specialisation. Click on the course name for more information.
Course code Course Period
SLM-30306 Issues and Concepts in International Land and Water Management 1AF
WRM-34806 Irrigation and Development 2MO
WRM-34306 Water System Design for Multiple Uses of Water Services 2AF
WRM-33806 Gender and Natural Resources 3
WRM-31306 Political Ecology of Water 4
WRM-33806 Water Delivery 5MO
WRM-32306 Research Approaches to Land and Water Management 5AF
WRM-60309 Sustainable Land and Water Management (Spain) 6
WRM-80436 Thesis Irrigation and Water Management Year 2

Learning outcomes

Students in this specialisation acquire extensive knowledge on 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, improving the social and technical performance of existing farm irrigation systems and practices, and irrigation in its wider water management context.

After successful completion of the Irrigation and Water Management specialisation, graduates are expected to be able to:

  • assess and analyse different forms of water use and water resources management strategies in a cross-disciplinary manner, applied at field, scheme and catchment level by different stakeholders;
  • interactively analyse and evaluate institutional and infrastructural designs for sustainable irrigation and water management interventions in a cross-disciplinary manner.