Advanced Master of Technology for Integrated Water Management (INWAMA/TIWM)

General information

The advanced Master's programme Technology for Integrated Water Management aims to educate specialists in water technology with knowledge and understanding of integrated water management and policy, recent developments in the water sector and global water issues. It is jointly organised by Ghent University, Antwerp Maritime Academy, and the University of Antwerp.

ntegrated Water Management is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. Climate change and population growth are seriously impacting water resources, and as such water is a central issue in the sustainable development goals. Therefore, the demand for professionals with competences in integrated water management increases worldwide. The advanced master Technology for Integrated Water Management is an excellent preparation for an exciting career in research, global business, consulting or government.

The study programme offers a multidisciplinary educational package in which knowledge and expertise from various disciplines is integrated: ecology and bioscience, environmental science, engineering and nautical science. More specifically the focus is on:

  • the interaction between classical technology and ecological engineering;
  • thorough knowledge of the functioning of the whole water system;
  • innovative and integrated solutions to all types of water management problems;
  • Real life applications, projects and the many uses of our water systems through close collaboration with companies, NGO's, research institues and governments.

This will enable graduates to integrate technological and nature-based solutions into water management in various fields all over the world and as such contribute to more sustainable practices.

Because of its specific focus on the interaction between classical technology and ecological engineering. The combination of fundamental and applied sciences makes this advanced master unique in the world. The programme has been conceived as student-centred and competence-oriented education that is offered in a modular way. 

Learning outcome:

On successful completion of this programme, students will have achieved the following competencies: 

  1. advanced scientific understanding and knowledge of water technology, nature-based solutions and integrated water management;
  2. in-depth knowledge of new technologies for water use and reuse based on an integrated water resources management approach;
  3. knowledge and skills to select and apply relevant tools for collecting, interpreting and assessing (qualitative and quantitative) information from a variety of relevant sources on water technology and integrated water management;
  4. ability to assess the quality and relevance of studies performed by others;
  5. skills to take an active part in evaluation work him-/herself;
  6. ability to formulate integrated proposals as a contribution to the solution and prevention water related problems;
  7. skill to critically analyse policy plans, management proposals and measures for implementation and contribute to their set up;
  8. ability to communicate and justify solutions, strategies and opinions about water related problems and discuss them with a broad audience.

The advanced Master Technology for Integrated Water Management aims to equip students with the competency to understand the state-of-the-art on water technology, nature-based solutions and integrated water management.

The main objectives of Technology for Integrated Water Management are: 

  • To advance the level scientific knowledge, skills and understanding of the students; 
  • Thus enabling them to function as an expert in the field with awareness of values, in the various sectors of the labour market to which the study programme grants access; 
  • Qualifying students to provide the society with new, original and innovative contributions and improvements, based on scientific knowledge and research and with the necessary critical attitude towards existing technologies.

The study programme continues on the final qualifications of the previously obtained master’s degree and provides the student with advanced knowledge, a critical attitude, self-reflection, practical knowledge and a research mentality. 

Contact Person: Jessica Bots (


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

0311 - Maritime economy", "0312 - Policy and governance", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0588 - Scientific modelling", "0712 - Environmental protection technology


Venue: University of Antwerp
Antwerp, Belgium

The courses will be organised on the campuses of the University of Antwerp, the Ghent University and at the Antwerp Maritime Academy.


Open from
1 Dec 2017 to 22 Sep 2018


Full-time enrolment (60 ECTS) =  € 2950.

The tuition fee depends in most cases on the number of credits within your selected study programme. The number of credits for each course subject can be found in the study guide.
If the number of credits in your study programme changes during the academic year (e.g. because you select additional course subjects after your registration), it's possible that your tuition fee will change and that you will receive an additional invoice (or get some money back).

Please note that the payment of the tuition fee has no influence on the status of your enrolment.  Even when ending an enrolment, a full or partial payment of the tuition fee, depending on the taken credits, is still required. Not paying the fee will not cancel your enrolment and the obligation to pay the tuition fee.


Diploma requirements

You must have a master’s degree in the field of:

  • Sciences
  • Applied Sciences 
  • Applied Biological Sciences 
  • Nautical Sciences

Other masters: only after approval of the application file from which appear previously acquired and proven competences in one of the above mentioned study areas.

Language requirements

The working language of the master of Science in Technology for Integrated Water Management is English. To assure active participation, a good command of English in all aspects (written, spoken, and comprehension) is a prerequisite.

Proof of proficiency in English has to be presented upon registration. Applicants can prove their proficiency in English by:  

  • submitting proof you have studied at least one academic year (or 60 ECTS credits) in an English-language master programme;
  • submitting one of the following language certificates with a test validity of maximum 2 years:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language ): paper-based TOEFL level of minimum 550 or an internet-based TOEFL level of minimum 80.
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System ): a minimum score of at least 6.5, and on each part minimum 6.0.
    • or Knowledge level B2 of the Common European Framework.

More information on how to study for a TOEFL exam can be found here.

Language requirements apply to candidates with a non-Flemish master’s degree only. Candidates with a Flemish master's degree are nonetheless strongly advised to take a language test to assure they possess the necessary language skills to successfully complete the programme.

Application Procedure:

You will have your main registration and need to enroll at the University of Antwerp. You can find the relevant application procedure through the links below:

Your situation:

I am not an EEA-national and I need to apply for a visa

I am an EEA-national

My master degree does not give direct access but is issued by a recognised educational institution in Belgium or the Netherlands

My master degree gives direct access and is issued by a recognised educational institution in Belgium or the Netherlands

Please note the application deadlines for 2018-2019!   

Depending on your individual situation, one of the following deadlines applies:

15 February 2018: for non-EEA nationals who need to apply for a visa. Applications received after this date will not be considered if you still have to apply for a visa. 

15 April 2018: for EEA nationals

17 September 2018: for master students with a Flemish or Dutch degree that does not give direct access to the programme

22 September 2018:  for master students with a Flemish or Dutch degree that gives direct access tot the programme

Grant Opportunities:

The organising universities can currentlly not give scholarships. Students are encouraged to look for their own scholarship possibilities and financial support. The list of possibilities given is non-exclusive.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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