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Water Resources Engineering

Course Description

International Course Programme

This programme is jointly organized by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. It is one of the International Course Programmes supported by the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR-UOS).

The Master of Water Resources Engineering addresses water-related issues in developed and developing countries, with a focus on problems in the latter. The MSc programme provides multi-disciplinary and high-quality higher education in the field of water resources engineering.

Water Resources Engineering deals with the methods and techniques applied in the study of:
- water needs for agriculture, industry, households, recreation, navigation, hydroelectric power generation;
- problems related to storm water drainage and flood damage mitigation;
- problems related to water quality in streams and aquifers, erosion, sedimentation, protection of ecosystems and other natural resources;
- integrated water management; and
- institutional, socio-economic, and policy issues related to water resources development and management.

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.


Details available on http://www.iupware.be/

The Interuniversity Programme in Water Resources Engineering offers a two year Master of Water Resources Engineering course, which is intended for graduates (or equivalent) in engineering, agriculture, hydrology and other related subjects. The main goal is to offer comprehensive training in water resources engineering to engineers and scientists from developing as well as industrialized countries. The programme blends various basic and applied courses, hydrology and engineering sciences associated with water resources development with appropriate organizational and managerial skills. The course is specially tailored for those who want to develop their knowledge and understanding of water resources engineering, and are or expect to be involved in the design, operation or day-to-day management of water resources schemes in developing countries or anywhere in the world.

The first year curriculum is common for all participants while in the second year, a common base with optional courses. After successful completion of the 2-year study programme, a Master of Water Resources Engineering degree is offered.

In the 1st year of the study programme a review of the basic knowledge is proposed, in order to achieve a common base level between students with different backgrounds. The 1st year is primarily organized at the K.U.Leuven. This programme consists of a number of courses (Advanced mathematics for water engineering, Statistics for water engineering, Irrigation agronomy, Aquatic ecology, Hydraulics, Surface Hydrology, Groundwater Hydrology and Water quality assessment, monitoring and treatment) and 4 workshops: (1) Hydrological data processing; (2) GIS; (3) Hydrological measurements and (4) Remote sensing.

In the the 2nd year of the Master programme, a broad spectrum of topics is given to ensure the coverage of the main aspects related to water resources engineering. The topics in the second year are intended to broaden the water resources engineering knowledge and to provide a deeper understanding in either Hydrology, Irrigation, Water Quality or Aquatic Ecology depending on the area of specialization. The 2nd year is primarily organized at the V.U.B. The courses in the programme make extensive use of modelling tools relevant to various aspects of the design, operation and management of water resources development projects.

Admission requirements

Candidates must hold a Bachelor's degree from a four-stage programme in agricultural, civil or environmental engineering. Study results should reflect the equivalent of a 70% pass rating in Flanders. Students should have a proven proficiency in English. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries should have a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the written test and 213 on the computer-based test or equivalent results on similar language test.

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.

Visit the Water Resources Engineering page on the Vrije Universiteit Brussel website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Students MSc. Water Resources Engineering

2848.png 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.


ICP Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

VLIR-UOS (Belgian Development Cooperation) awards scholarships to students from 54 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin-America, to follow a training or master programme at a Flemish university or university college in Belgium. The training and master programmes are taught in English. These programmes, lasting one or two academic years, focus on specific problems of developing countries and/or are relevant to developing countries in a more general sense. Only applications to Master programs that are recognized and funded by VLIR-UOS will be considered. For the full list of eligible programmes that will start in 2015 see http://www.vliruos.be/6259.aspx . The scholarship includes:
Allowance: € 860/month
Accommodation allowance: € 375/month
Family allowance: € 62 per dependent person/month
Several one-time payments
Insurance, international travel and tuition fee

Value of Scholarship(s)

from 12,000 EUR/year


Citizens of countries included in VLIR's country list will be considered, see http://www.vliruos.be/en/countries/overview/#54

Application Procedure

To apply for a scholarship, you first need to apply for the training or Master programme.
To apply for a training or Master programme, visit the website of the training or Master programme of your interest. Follow the guidelines for application for the programme as mentioned on its website.
In the programme application, you can mention whether you wish to apply for a scholarship. In case you do, the programme coordinator forwards your application to VLIR-UOS.
Applications submitted by the candidates to VLIR-UOS directly will not be considered!
Take into account that you can only apply for one training or Master programme per year.
The dates of application are determined by the programme. Check the website of the training or Master programme for more details.
You will receive the selection result by e-mail, as soon as possible after selection and at the latest by mid-June.
In case of doubt, please contact the training or Master programme.

Further Information



Belgian Technical Cooperation Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The Belgian Technical Cooperation Agency (BTC) grants scholarships to nationals from its 18 partner countries (see for full list http://www.btcctb.org/en/countries-and-themes).
Duration: from 1 to 2 academic years
The scholarships includes:
- a tuition fee waiver
- insurance
- one return flight
- family supplement
- accommodation allowance,
- indirect travel costs,
- installation allowance,
- didactic allowance,
- mailing allowance.

Value of Scholarship(s)

~10,000 EUR/year


Nationals of:
Algeria Mozambique Belgium Niger Benin Palestine Bolivia Peru Bolivia (ES) Perú (ES) Burundi Rwanda DR Congo Senegal Ecuador South Africa Ecuador (ES) Tanzania Mali Uganda Morocco Vietnam

Application Procedure

The BTC has a delegation in each of its partner countries. This delegation, usually based at the Belgian Embassy, handles the application and selection procedure. The application procedure and overall requirements vary per country. For further information, please contact the delegation in your country:http://www.btcctb.org or diplomatie.belgium.be

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a Bachelor degree in Engineering, Bioscience Engineering or Environmental Engineering, or a Bachelor of Geography, Geology, Biology or Sciences* Non native English speaking students must show a proof of English language proficiency.

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