Climate change, floods, drought, water pollution - understanding the hydrological system and its societal impacts
Around one-fifth of the world’s population is currently facing a shortage of good quality water, and in many other places water is limiting economic activities. How can we ensure there is enough water available for every person? How can we minimize the impact of extreme flood events in dense urban areas? In order to answer such questions, society needs hydrologists who understand the interactions between various hydrological processes and society. In the Master’s programme Hydrology, you will study these processes and interactions to develop an integrated view on the hydrological system and its linkages to society.
We will provide you with a solid theoretical basis, experience in hydrological fieldwork (in Netherlands and abroad) and how to translate this into information useful for the management of water resources and risks. Research will be applied in areas ranging from tropical Amazonia and permafrost regions of Siberia to highly urban area such as New York City, Amsterdam and Jakarta. With a Master of Science in Hydrology you will be able to pursue a career in hydrology and water management with consultants, governments, NGO’s or academia; applying your skills to solve one of world’s most pressing issues.
Our International Hydrology Master's Programme is in English and requires two years of study to obtain the 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) that you need for graduation as a Master of Science in Hydrology.
In the first year, the Hydrology MSc programme consists of a combination of lectures, computer workshops, laboratory and field courses in Portugal and The Netherlands. This period is used to teach you the basics of theoretical and experimental hydrology as well as methods to assess hydrological risk for society. The second year allows further specialisation in your area of interest, and is concluded by 6-8 months Master research project at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, or at external international research or professional organisations. The MSc hydrology project can be a desk study (e.g. hydrological modelling) or a study incorporating field measurements. The result is an MSc thesis.
A part of the programme is compulsory (96 ECTS out of a total of 120 ECTS). You can choose electives worth 24 ECTS credit points from the Master's programme in Hydrology or from other Master's programmes in hydrological, natural or environmental sciences.
The MSC Hydrology programme at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers a high-quality, very well integrated programme of classroom and field courses that teaches you how to become a hydrologist with scientific knowledge about a very wide range of hydrological topics, and how hydrological processes interact with society. On top of that, it allows you to further specialize in process hydrology (both surface and groundwater) and water risk (quantitative risk assessment modelling of hydrological impacts).Process Hydrology
Specializing as a process hydrologist allows you to further concentrate on surface and groundwater resources, on which a large part the world's population depends for drinking water supply and agriculture. Water conditions are often also crucial for sustainable production in natural ecosystems. There is a constant demand for hydrologists in water exploration, development and management.
Specializing in water risk means that you will acquire a solid understanding of the complex interactions between climate-water and societal issues such as economic damage of floods and droughts. With your insights into the underlying hydrological processes, you will be in a better position to make decisions on how to reduce water risk from floods, droughts and pollution, and provide solid advice on what measures should be implemented to reduce water risk (e.g. levees to reduce flood risk, small/large reservoirs to manage droughts or the treatment of water to reduce risks from pollution).
Water is one of earth's natural resources that we simply cannot do without. In addition, safe and clean water is becoming increasingly scarce as demand continues to rise all over the world. This means that highly trained water scientists will always be able to find suitable employment.
There are many ways to put your knowledge and training to good use in your professional career. You may become involved in:
The science aspects of water through a PhD study on a hydrological subject
The management of groundwater exploration
Flood management, studies on the effects of land management on discharge
Erosion and sedimentation issues and their remediation
Quantifying Economic effects from hydrological risk: floods, droughts and pollution
Using satellite imagery and GIS to work on global or regional hydrology
Using your knowledge professionally to improve the management of water resources
You will obtain an MSc degree in Hydrology with a broad knowledge of hydrological theory and applied hydrology. As part of your studies you will learn to operate a host of scientific equipment during field activities that will enable you to quantify hydrological variables and processes. In addition, you will learn to use hydrological and risk models of varying complexity that may be applied to predict the hydrological consequences on economic sectors (agriculture, infrastructure) as well as to assess interactions between hydrological and larger environmental themes such as land cover change, climate change or contamination. Our MSc Hydrology graduates have obtained excellent insight in the interaction between hydrology and society and can be trusted to perform very well in PhD projects, in the professional water sector, as well as in government and international organisations dealing with water resources.
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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences
De Boelelaan 1085, room A-567
1081 HV Amsterdam
Mr. Andy Fekete
phone: +31 (0)20 59 87459