Civil Engineering. Track – Water Management

Technical University Delft Postgraduate Certificate


Water is vital. Life on earth would be impossible without water. But water can also be life-threatening. Consider the destructive power of rivers which burst their banks, or polluted drinking water sources. The MSc Water Management track focuses on understanding natural surface and groundwater streams and on managing, controlling and using water streams for society. This covers both ground and surface water, as well as rainfall and for example waste water. Water Management also considers not just the quantity of water, but the quality of ground and surface water.

Considerable attention in this track is devoted to modelling, laboratory work, fieldwork and research with test installations.

Six specialisation profiles have been defined for MSc Water Management. The specialisation profiles are related to the preference of the student for a certain specialisation and thesis subject. The department will give adequate guidance with regards to this process during an intake discussion. The composition of the package of specialisation courses is subject to approval by the relevant professor.

Hydrology focuses on the science that encompasses the occurrence, distribution, movement and properties of the waters of the Earth and their relationship with the environment within each phase of the water cycle (a continuous process by which water is purified by evaporation and transported
from the earth’s surface to the
atmosphere and back to the land and
Geohydrology teaches you how to
develop innovative and powerful tools for
the modelling of groundwater systems.
Conceptual models are tested by
formulating and implementing
mathematical models, and performing
calculations. If the computations cannot
confirm the perceived flow pattern or
effect, then it probably does not exist.
Water Resources Management
conducts research on irrigation systems,
polders, urban areas and entire river
basins. Our aim is to support water
management practices by increasing
understanding of water management
processes, providing know-how and
expertise, and offering an independent
Urban Drainage and Water
Management concentrates on urban
tasks and (recently) built urban plans for
inner city interventions, for restructure
and transformation of locations at former
harbour and industrial sites and for new
The focus is on urban design methods,
instruments and guidelines and on
sustainable urbanism in general, in order
to gather knowledge on how to develop
future-proof plans.
Drinking Water Engineering teaches
the technological backgrounds of the
treatment processes applied for the
production of drinking water. The
treatment processes are demonstrated
with laboratory experiments. Study goals:
Knowledge of technological basics and
the design parameters of drinking water
treatment processes.
Wastewater Treatment deals with the
background and application of various
wastewater treatment technologies. Both
high-tech and low-tech systems are
discussed, and which of these are
applicable to industrialised or developing
countries. Anaerobic treatment systems
that focus on resource recovery are
discussed extensively. Modern
technologies for (extensive) nutrient
removal/recovery are dealt with, as well
as membrane techniques for wastewater

Course Objectives