About the master's
The master's International Land and Water Management allows you to play an international role in the sustainable management of our most valuable natural resources, land and water. You will learn how to make a difference by understanding land degradation processes like erosion or the decrease in soil fertility, or study the effectiveness of various application measures. You will also learn how to aptly calculate the partition of units of irrigation water needed for agrifood production. You will not only learn to understand and approach problems from a technical perspective but also from a socio-economic and organisational one. This master’s study programme is aimed at improving the situation of farmers worldwide, at improving world food provision through better management and ensuring equal land and water access.
Compare the master's International Land and Water Management with similar study programmes in the Netherlands
Earth Sciences (VU University of Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University). The common aspect shared with Wageningen’s master's International Land and Water Management programme is the focus on beta and gamma courses in the management of natural resources. However, this study programme focuses less on the agronomic and socio-economic aspects of soil and water management worldwide.
The master’s programmes International Development Studies (University of Amsterdam), Integral Water Management (Delft University of Technology) and Social Geography (Radboud University Nijmegen, University of Groningen, Utrecht University) are also less focused on the agronomic and socio-economic aspects of soil and water management. These elements shared with the International Land and Water Management study programme focus on the human component in our landscape and on international cooperation.
The study programme Physical Geography (Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam, VU University of Amsterdam) shares the beta focus on soil science, soil physics and hydrology. Compared with the master's International Land and Water Management study programme, the approach of these studies is less on the agronomic and socio-economic aspects of soil and water management at an international level.
With the main focus placed on sustainable agriculture and food production in the world, it is a mixture of these study programmes that forms the backbone of the master's International Land and Water Management study programme.
Differences between the master's International Land and Water Management and similar study programmes at Wageningen University
The master's International Development Studies and Development and Rural Innovation focus more on international cooperation, technology, knowledge development, socio-economic and political aspects than the master's International Land and Water Management.
Students of the master's Earth and Environment have a broader beta focus on ‘System Earth’ and on the independent and interdependent components of soil, water, atmosphere and ecology.
The programme shares an interdisciplinary beta-gamma focus with the master's Environmental Sciences and Climate Studies in terms of a more sustainable earth. However, the International Land and Water Management programme focuses more on land and water within the domains of agriculture and food production in the world. Soil and water quality as well as adjusting to climate change form part of this.