Erasmus Mundus Joint MSc Course in EuroAquae - Hydroinformatics and Water Management

General information

The water sector is a major economic domain in Europe and one of the most important public service provided to the communities. During the last decade, the water utilities, like Suez Environment or Veolia, have strongly invested and recruited numerous professionals. In parallel, it is really surprising to see the limited investment made by the educational environment in order to answer to the demands of the companies and more generally of the society. The educational sector in Europe is still offering “traditional curricula”, focused on disciplinary approach like hydraulics and fluid mechanics. It has difficulties to promote the multi-disciplinary and technical changes needed by the professional environment. Paradoxically, the number of offered curricula is globally decreasing face to an increasing demand. This situation has been pointed out by several European national entities (UK, France, Germany, Spain...), by third countries (India, Bangladesh, China, South Korea, Japan...), by international agencies (like UN-WMO) underlying the urgency to redevelop curricula in this field.

In order to structure and build the answer to these needs and to create as well a solid offer to cover the demand, EuroAquae Consortium has successfully established and promoted, since 2004 and within the Erasmus Mundus framework, the first ever created European joint MSc degree: "EuroAquae – Euro HydroInformatics and Water Management".

The Joint Master Course is developped by the EuroAquae consortium coordinated by the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis and associated to 11 leading international universities. EuroAquae Master Course is a modular degree designed for flexible delivery at a number of institutions, allowing and encouraging mobility of students. 

The master’s programme is organised in 4 semesters, over 2 years. In each semester, students take 30 ECTS credits. All courses within the partner universities are modular in form and EuroAquae MSc candidates must take a total value of 120 ECTS credits over the 4 semesters to fulfil the requirements of the MSc. The course begins in September (semester I) of each year and takes the form of formal tuition, including fieldwork, lectures, tutorials, seminars and a work-based research project which will be reported in the form of a formal dissertation.

Mobility is a fundamental concept of the programme which is used to develop and promote a common vision and professional capacity through a variety of specializations. Students must follow at least 30% (1 semester) of the curricula in a different institution from their European home institution, where they spent Semester I. The mobility is applied in semesters II, III and IV.

Semester 1 - Basic acquisitions
Mathematics & Physics
Hydrology & Hydraulics
Introduction to water and aquatic environment management
Computer skills, databases and GIS - ICT
Web-based collaborative engineering
European Language I skills

Semester 2 - HydroInformatics
Hydroinformatics & Integrated River Basin Management
Numerical methods & computational hydraulics
Introduction to software packages & Modelling of Floods
Software engineering & Hydroinformatics Systems Development
Climate Change: vulnerability, impacts and adaptation
European Language skills – English – Thesis writing

Semester 3 - Thematic specialization

  • Urban waters - UNS
  • Inland waters management- BME
  • Decision Support Systems - UPC
  • Hydroinformatics Systems – BTUC

Semester 4 - Professional practice & Research

Contact Person: Philippe Gourbesville (Programme Coordinator) (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0688 - Bioinformatics", "0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0511 - Biology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management


Venue: University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (Programme Coordinator)
Nice, France

Semester 1: any of the five partner universities
Semester 2: Newcastle University, UK
Semester 3: any of the partner universities except Newcastle University
Semester 4: any of the partner universities or industry


  • The tuition fees for Partner Country participants (non-EU nationals) will be EUR 18,000 (EUR 4,500 per semester) 
  • The tuition fees for Programme Country participants (EU nationals) will be EUR 9,000 (EUR 2,250 per semester).
  • The programme is also open to candidates who do not request financial support through Erasmus Mundus programme.


Minimum qualification is 2nd class degree from university (BSc) or its equivalent. Preferred first degree subjects are Engineering (any branch), Environmental Sciences, Physics, Computer Sciences, Geography, Mathematics, Chemistry, Geology or a similar subject. Advanced level Mathematics is required. All modules are taught and examined in English and all locations and IELTS score of minimum 6.5 (or TOEFL score of minimum 575) is required. The study of a European language among the ones of the awarding universities (German, French, Spanish and/or Hungarian) is encouraged. Evaluation of the level of scientific and engineering knowledge, as well as the level of English, is carried out by the EuroAquae consortium.

Application Procedure:

In order to apply for the EuroAquae master programme you need to fill-in the application form. In case of difficulty, please use the form available directly on this page or on request at

Applications normally close in the end of May.

Grant Opportunities:

The EuroAquae programme offers about 15 scholarships for 2 academic years to the students from outside of EU (Cat A students) as well as  8 scholarships to European Union students (Cat B students) for mobility stays. EU participants are also supported by Erasmus and others national grants. The programme is also open to candidates who do not request financial support through Erasmus Mundus programme. For 15 European students, financial supports may be given.

Other than the Erasmus Mundus scholarship of the European Commission, several other funding possibilities are made available by the EuroAquae Consortium for prospective participants:

  • EuroAquae Grants: Directly funded by the EuroAquae+ Consortium to ensure that all students with outstanding academic background have the chance to join the Joint MSc Programme. These grants are used as tuition fee-waivers and are awarded to best-ranked applicants in the reserve list during the selection committee. Same selection criteria used to assess application to the programme itself are therefore used. These criteria are based on the overall academic achievements and motivation of the applicants :
    • 20 grants of EUR 12,000 for Programme Country participants (EU-citizens) per intake and for 2 years
    • 15 grants of EUR 5,000 for Partner Country participants (non-EU citizens) per intake and for 2 years.
  • Eiffel Scholarship: a very competitive merit-based grant allowing students to fully finance their master degree (24 months) with financial contribution by Campus France.
  • Bourses CROUS: Annually allocated by the Centre Régional des Œuvres Universitaires et Scolaires on merit and financial basis criteria. The grant may consist of a waiver of registration fees up to EUR 600 per month per academic year. Applications must be submitted to the CROUS every year in April.
  • Bourses d’Excellence PRAME: Annually allocated by the local government of the PACA Region (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur) in France and directly managed by the International Office of the Coordinating HEI. This grant sponsors European and international mobilities for study and internship of students enrolled at the Coordinating HEI who may receive a financial support of EUR 300/month for a minimum of 2 months to a maximum of 5 months.
  • Erasmus+ Etudes: Allocated by the Erasmus+ study mobility programme within the EU for a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 12 months and with a financial support of EUR 150 to 200 EUR per month depending on the country of mobility.
  • Erasmus Student Mobility Placement program (Polytech 13): Polytech Nice Sophia is coordinating the Polytech 13 project under Erasmus placement for the 13 Polytech schools located in France. Every year students enrolled at Polytech Nice Sophia may receive a financial support of EUR 350 per month for a maximum of 6 months to support the mobility of students who are going for an internship within the EU.
  • Master Thesis allowance: Internships during Semester 4 are generally paid. The Associated Partners (industrial and institutional partners) where students carry out Semester 4 mostly offer internships that provide substantial allowance packages (covering travel as well as board and lodging expenses) and up to EUR 1,200 per month.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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