More about the programme

The MSc program International Land and Water Management is intended for agriculturists, sociologists, soil scientists and hydrologists who want to pursue careers in agricultural development and sustainable use of land and water resources. You follow a set of common courses in which you explore various conceptual and theoretical approaches to research in land and water management. You choose one of three specialisations: a) Sustainable Land Management; b) Water, Technology and Society and c) Adaptive Water Management. Each specialisation offers a combination of social and technical courses. There is ample room to gain specific in-depth knowledge in your electives and thesis.

Programme details

The MSc programme International Land and Water Management is an academic program. It consists of one year of course work and one year of thesis research. In the first year, you follow compulsory common courses; in addition you choose optional courses as part of your specialisation. Moreover you choose 18 EC in elective courses. In the second year, you work on your major thesis in the field of your specialisation. An internship or research practice completes your study programme.

The MSc programme International Land and Water Management (MIL) runs annually beginning from early September. It takes two academic years and comprises 120 credits (ECTS, European Credit Transfer System). The language of instruction is English.

More information on the content of the programme can be found under 'Specialisations'. 

Scale and approach

The programme pays attention to land and water management at different scales, to interactive approaches with actors at the respective levels, and to the institutional aspects and multifaceted consequences of interventions. 

Students in the programme:

  • develop comparative insight into the development of land and water management
  • take an academic approach to various research paradigms
  • acquire a problem-oriented, interdisciplinary attitude towards land and water management and rural development issues

After graduation

Master's International Land and Water Management graduates are widely employable as consultants, policymakers, researchers, development workers or project managers in any part of the world. Job opportunities can be found at engineering firms, consultancies, NGOs, governmental institutions, universities and research institutes.