MSc International Land and Water Management

General information

The two-year Master International Land and Water Management programme focuses on the scientific analysis of land and water management issues at various scales. An integration of physical, technical, socio-economic and political dimensions in various approaches is sought in order to critically analyse, understand and tackle land and water management problems. Students will develop a comparative insight into the development of land and water management, take an academic approach to various research paradigms, and acquire a problem-oriented, interdisciplinary attitude towards land and water management and rural development issues. 

The MSc programme International Land and Water Management is thesis-oriented. It consists of one year of course work and one year of thesis research. In the first year, you choose optional courses in addition to the compulsary ones. In the second year, you work on your major thesis in the field of your specialisation. A second thesis or internship can be chosen in a different field of interest, in consultation with your study adviser. The programme will be tailor-made, depending on your background and research interest.

The MSc programme International Land and Water Management (MIL) runs annually beginning from early September. It takes two academic years and comprises 120 credits (ECTS, European Credit Transfer System). The language of instruction is English.


Next to these common courses, each specialisation has its own specific courses. You can find the description at the following pages:

  • Sustainable Land Management
  • Irrigation and Water Management
  • Adaptive Water Management

Agris Mundus Double Degree Programme. The MIL can also be followed as part of the Agris Mundus double degree programme on agricultural development and management of natural resources together with Montpellier SupAgro, linking with other European universities. Visit the website for more information on the Agris Mundus double degree programme.

Climate-KIC. Would you like to improve your entrepreneurial and innovative skills towards climate change? With this master, International Land and Water Management, you can join the Climate-KIC programme. This programme offers you the possibility to think about innovative ideas to reduce climate change together with students from several other European universities. You will follow lectures about entrepreneurship, innovation and climate change and join our summer school to develop a business case. For more information visit the Climate-KIC website. 

Learning outcome:

After completing your MSc programme International Land and Water Management you will be widely employable as a consultant, policy maker, researcher, development worker or project manager in any part of the world. Job opportunities can be found at engineering and consultancy bodies, NGO's, governmental institutions, universities and research institutes.

Alumni work in numerous fields, including as:

  • researchers at a university or research institute
  • advisors at governmental authorities (ministries, provinces and municipalities) or waterboards
  • engineers or consultants in the industry
  • experts in non-governmental organisations (NGO)

Find more career data and labour market details on the site of Alumni association KLV.

Contact Person: Didi Stoltenborg (


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

0031 - Project management", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management


Venue: Wageningen University
Wageningen, Netherlands

Droevendaalsesteeg 4, 6708 PB Wageningen



Besides the statutory tuition fee, Wageningen University has a number of institutional tuition fees. Which tuition fee applies to you, depends on certain requirements (nationality, degree obtained, address): Tuition Fees 2019-2020


General Univeristy Requirements

  • At least a BSc degree (or equivalent) in a field of science relevant to the specific programme selected
  • Quality: sufficient quality of the BSc degree as shown by an average mark of at least 7 (Dutch system), a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least B/B+ (US system) or a classification as 2nd upper (UK system). You can download a pdf file with detailed information on other international equivalents of the required quality 'WU International Credentials Evaluation guidelines.'
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken
  • Good skills in mathematics and/or statistics
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook; use and structure of the Internet; RSI-prevention)

Specific admission requirements
The master programme International Land and Water Management may have slight alterations, depending on the skills and competencies you have gathered in your former training. Quite often you will be admitted with a linkage programme, which means that we admit you, provided that you first successfully conclude a tailor made linkage programme of one to five periods. This makes up for possible deficiencies between your bachelor and the master International Land and Water Management.

English language proficiency
All applicants except native speakers must be able to provide recent evidence of their spoken and written command of English. 

Application Procedure:

To apply for admission to the MSc programme you have to submit several documents. This process is described step by step on the website of the Student Service Centre (SSC).

Further information about the application procedure: Dutch studentsEU studentsNon-EU/EFTA students

Application Deadlines
NL/EU/EFTA students: July 1, 2019
Non-EU/Non-EFTA students: May 1, 2019

Grant Opportunities:

This programme can also be followed as part of the Agris Mundus double degree programme on agricultural development and management of natural resources, linking with other European universities. A limited number of EU-scholarships are available for this programme. Visit the website for more information on the Agris Mundus double degree programme.

There are several options for acquiring fellowships that cover some or all of the costs of a study programme at Wageningen University. Nevertheless, the acquisition of a fellowship is often a lengthy process. Applicants should therefore contact possible donors at a very early stage. All information can be found here


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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