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  Water Resources Engineering

Vrije Universiteit Brussel    Faculty of Engineering

Full time September MSc 2 years

About the course

This programme is jointly organized by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Our programme is open to graduates (or equivalent) in engineering, agriculture, hydrology and other related subjects, and offers a comprehensive training in water resources engineering to engineers and scientists from both developing and industrialised countries. We blend various basic and applied courses, hydrology and engineering sciences associated with water resources development with organisational and managerial skills. Plus project-based learning, in which simulation tools are used on real test cases. You'll spend the first year in Leuven (20km from Brussels), and the second year primarily in Brussels.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants have obtained an above-average Bachelor degree in the domain of Bioscience Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Geology, Biology, Geography, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences or a related discipline. A strong background in mathematics and natural sciences is expected.

Students from a 5-stage engineering or equivalent degree, including the prerequisites to the second stage courses, can be exempted from 60 ECTS. Applications are evaluated on an individual basis.

The English language requirements can be found on View Website


Tuition fees (2023-2024):
EU/EEA nationals: 1090 €/year
Non EU/EEA nationals: 1090 €/year

 Course Content

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Where will I study?

Where is Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Student Profile

Students MSc. Water Resources Engineering

The IUPWARE programme offered me a good opportunity to learn the field's different facets ranging from irrigation and drainage to
surface and groundwater hydrology to the use of hydrologic and hydraulic models, and applications of GIS and remote sensing.
This forms a solid foundation for anyone aspiring to pursue more advanced studies or a specialised career in the field of water resources
engineering. One of the strengths of the programme is its nice mix of theory and practice, giving students a more complete insight into
the topics addressed. Some of the exercises were conducted in groups, which provided good training for the real-world demands of working in a team. Aside from the technical aspects, IUPWARE also offers an excellent opportunity to meet a variety of people and learn different cultures, as the student population is very international. The group I graduated with included students from 10 different countries.


What does the scholarship cover?
- Tuition fee/tuition waiver: Tuition fee equals fee to be paid by EEA students (962 Eur/year)
- Duration (in months or weeks)? Maximum of two academic years
- Health insurance included? Yes
- Flight: One flight to Belgium, one return flight
- Language preparation courses (up to X weeks or amount)? No
- Other: Logistic allowance (one-time payment), indirect travel costs (one-time payment)

Value of Scholarship(s)

from 12,000 EUR/year


VLIR-UOS (Flemish the Flemish Interuniversity Council) awards scholarships to students from countries in Africa, Asia and Latin-America, to follow a training or master programme at a Flemish university or university college in Belgium.

Only applications to Master programs that are recognised and funded by VLIR-UOS will be considered.
- Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management (MSc Oceans and Lakes)
- Water Resources Engineering

Nationals of these countries are eligible:

Application Procedure

To apply for a scholarship, you first need to apply for the master programme. Follow the guidelines for application for the programme as mentioned on its website. Keep in mind that earlier application deadlines are in place for scholarship applicants.

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