The programme starts with the course Water Technologies in Global Context (5EC) in which students explore in an international context. The course considers these challenges within the broader framework of growing scarcity of materials, energy and its associated pollution, also in relation to the type of country; low-income, emerging-income and high-income countries.
Subsequently, the programme continues with four courses (20EC), which reflect on the multidisciplinary character of the current developments within the domain of water technology, and in which students specialize in of various relevant disciplines. The focus is on scientific knowledge of natural and physical theories and on research applications in the overlap areas of two or more disciplines. These courses include a compulsory course on Colloid Chemistry and two compulsory courses, selected from Transport Phenomena, Physical Chemistry, and Water Microbiology, depending on the educational background of the student.
The programme continues with four courses (20EC) in ; Chemical Reactor Design, BioReactor Design, Biological Waste Water Treatment & recovery technology and Multi-component mass transfer in membrane processes. The central topic is the integration of water treatment & recovery concepts and design issues when performing reactors. Students apply acquired knowledge and understanding of the previous courses to start the design of new technologies and they learn to produce the best solution for a certain problem. Topics relate to conversions and reactor selection, reactor design and membrane science.
The first year is completed by two compulsory courses. The course Computational Methods in Water Technology has its focus on process dynamics and reactor networks (5EC) and in the course Business Case Design project (10EC) students work in teams on the development of a business case. In this part, called , students learn how to integrate the results from the engineering part in the context of society and business and encounter the complexity in practice.
The research part of the master's programme prepares students to do research independently and to combine all acquired skills. It gives them the opportunity to become experts in the field of a topic that fits their personal interests and preferred future career in the area of water technology. Crucial to the thesis is that students show that they are able to critically analyse, discuss and summarise the topic concerned. For the thesis, students can participate in on-going research project at Wetsus. As a water technology student, you will be at the heart of the multidisciplinary Wetsus laboratory and its excellent facilities and infrastructure. Our students are guided by scientific staff still active in research. A successful completed thesis is seen as a proof of the fact that the student achieved the learning outcomes of the joint degree. The thesis is an individual research project and is a mix of a learning activity and a test of competence of the student. Considering the character of the research projects in water technology, it is possible to do a thesis that involves more chair groups.
The main research areas within the field of Water Technology are: