water technology

The Master programme is offered jointly by Wageningen University, University of Twente and University of Groningen with education being provided at the WaterCampus, in Leeuwarden. In the field of water (process) technology, breakthrough technological developments are required. Not only to enable the export ambitions of the water sector but also to solve global threats and challenges in society.

A combined technological approach, based on the state-of-the-art in science and technology, may offer a solution to several developments, within business and society, with a worldwide impact on the demand for and use of water. The Master Water Technology is a two year study programme and encompasses 120 credits. The programme starts annually in September. On this page you find information about the courses and the programme outline.

MSc Water Technology (joint degree)
2 years (120 ECTS)
English taught

programme overview

  • Courses

    The programme knows a common structure for all students. In year one, the programme has a single learning pathway, followed by an individual part in year two. As opposed to the other programmes of the Wageningen University, the master Water Technology has four teaching periods including all learning activities and interim examinations. In the first year, students have seven courses with a focus on water engineering and technology and four courses in scientific disciplines which are relevant to water technology. You can already have a look at the calender of the academic year 2022/2023 and the outline of the programme.

    In the second year students complete their MSc thesis and a MSc internship. These two major components prepare students for a career in scientific research or  for a career in a more professional environment.  More information about courses, internship and thesis can be found on the website of Wageningen University.

  • Tuition Fees

    The fee for EU students is determined by the Dutch law, and for non-EU students by the University boards and is based on two full academic years (24 months). The tuition fee will change annually.

    EU students:
    Year 1 (2022-2023) €2,209
    Year 2 (2023-2024) €2,260 (estimate)

    Non EU students:
    Year 1 (2022-2023) €15,700
    Year 2 (2023-2024) €15,800 (estimate)

  • Facts & figures

    Programme: Water Technology
    Degree: MSc in Water Technology (joint degree)
    Cooperating institutes: Wageningen University, University of Twente and University of Groningen
    Programme orientation and type: Academic Master
    Field(s) of study: Natural and physical sciences, water engineering and technology
    Duration: 24 months (120 ECTS)
    Programme Variant: full-time
    CROHO code: 65005
    Language of instruction: English
    Teaching methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Practical training, Groupwork, Excursions, Individual Paper and Independent Study
    Start: September
    Location Programme: Leeuwarden

  • Student support & guidance

    Student support and guidance
    Apart from the support and guidance students receive from lecturers, a special programme team to support the students is located in Leeuwarden. The team consists of a programme director, a study advisor and a secretary. The team coordinates a broad spectrum of activities to improve the study performance and progress of each individual student. Study counseling is based both on an informal, open-door policy and on structured contacts. The programme coordination has an open-door policy, using a high degree of personal contacts. Contact is bidirectional: the team contact students and vice versa.

    Students Service Centre
    All universities have their own Students Service Centre, including student administration, an international office, a Dean’s office and Student Health Services. The programme team in Leeuwarden maintains contact with these units on a regularly basis.

    Study advice
    The study advisor, located in Leeuwarden, supports the students who are planning their study career and stimulates an appropriate study progress. The planning includes the choice of the optional courses and extra-curricular activities like being member of the Programme Committee or supporting a lecturer as a student-assistant.
    During the first year, a number of general meetings will be held. These meetings deal with plenary evaluation of courses, procedures within the programme (study contract, internship agreement and thesis protocol) and how to find a thesis and internship topic and place. In addition to these plenary meeting, students meet their study advisor twice a year to discuss their study progress, study related problems and ideas.
    The study advisor also supports students who meet problems in their study or personal life.


This is the beautiful location where our courses take place


More than 600m2


When we have time, we play!

‘The Master is on a high level so it’s challenging and I like that a lot. I also really like the personal approach!’

Iñigo de Eguren Cordoba, Wetsus Academy graduate (2019)

Questions & answers

  • What are the language requirements for the Master programme?

    Students should be able to read articles and books, understand lectures, take part in discussions, write exams, present their work and perform written work in English. Minimum level for MSc studies:

    – IELTS overall grade 6.0 (with a minimum sub-score of 6.0 for speaking)
    – TOEFL internet-based 80 (with a minimum sub-score of 20 for speaking)

    The following qualifications are acceptable as evidence of proficiency in English for entry to the MSc programmes for EU nationals and for non-EU/EFTA nationals.

  • The MSc Water Technology is a joint degree, how does that work?

    The joint degree Water Technology is a collaborative endeavour of Wetsus, Wageningen University (WU), University of Twente (UT) and University of Groningen (RUG) with education being provided in Leeuwarden. In anticipation of new national legislative frameworks, it is proposed to deliver the MSc Water Technology as a joint degree programme. In a cooperation agreement the Executive Boards of the universities have agreed on the joint responsibilities, the decision structure and the executive organization of the joint degree Water Technology.

    The joint degree Water Technology is connected to three faculties, cooperating and developing research and education in Water Technology on the edge of their disciplines. These faculties are responsible for the development of the curriculum and the educational accomplishment. Representatives of the involved faculties together advise the Executive Boards of the universities to reach univocal decisions. Univocal decisions have been reached on the Student Charter, Education and Examination Regulation, implementation of the educational frames and an Examining Board. Two advising members; the scientific director of Wetsus and the professorial director of the University Campus Fryslân give (binding) recommendations regarding the joint degree, research developments and facilities and the scientific environment of the programme in Leeuwarden. The Programme Committee of the joint degree is also represented by the involved faculties. An External Advisory Committee advises the Programme Committee on the relationship between content and quality of the study programme and the requirements of the professional field.
    The programme director is responsible for the daily affairs of the joint degree and supervises the programme team. The programme team is located at the Wetsus Academy in the city of Leeuwarden. Besides the programme director the team will consist of a study advisor and a secretary. The programme director will be the contact between the universities and the programme team.


  • How do I apply for the master Water Technology?

    The master Water Technology is a joint programme under the responsibility of the Wageningen, Twente and Groningen University. We ask students to apply at the Wageningen University for this programme. Wageningen University registers all students at the other two universities after completion of the registration process in Wageningen.  Start your application and visit the Wageningen webpage for further instructions.

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