The MSc Hydrology is part of the VU-UvA cooperation: Amsterdam Water Science. The MSc aims at educating students to understand the complex interactions between hydrological processes and the relation with society, and how this may change under future global change:
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. 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.
In the first year, the Hydrology MSc programme consists of a combination of lectures, computer workshops, laboratory and field courses in Luxembourg and The Netherlands. This period is used to teach you the basics of theoretical and experimental hydrology, methods to assess hydrological risk for society and you learn to apply knowledge of hydrological processes to real world water management issues.
The second year allows further specialisation in your area of interest, and is concluded by 6-8 months Master thesis project. It includes elective courses at the VU on topics like groundwater, climate modelling, and biogeochemical cycles. Students may also opt to follow specific courses at other universities (e.g. UNESCO-IHE; TU Delft) in the Netherlands at no extra costs (see also Course programme).
The MSc hydrology project can be a desk study (e.g. hydrological modelling) or a study incorporating field measurements, e.g at our permanent field sites in Luxembourg, Kenya, Siberia. During the final part of the study programme there is ample choice in master’s thesis subjects. You can carry out your master’s thesis work at the VU Amsterdam or at our Amsterdam Water Science partner UvA. Another option is to arrange your research in association with one of the many water-related institutions and organizations in the Netherlands and abroad. Some students combine their Thesis work with an internship
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Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.
You can gain admission to the Master’s programme in Hydrology with a Bachelor’s degree in earth sciences, geology or geography. The same applies if you have a three-year BSc in other natural sciences and technology. Additional requirements in terms of background knowledge may be required for certain specializations. Admittance to the Master’s programme in Hydrology is based on a decision taken by the Admission Board. For enquiries, please contact the MSc coordinator.
In case you wish to contact the Master's coordinator for information or advice you need to know that no rights can be derived from the reply given by the coordinator regarding your admission. Only with the “admission email” you will be officially notified about your conditional or unconditional admission.
VU Amsterdam also requires all applicants to take an English test. You can, however, begin your application without having the test results. Please be aware of the fact that it can take a long time to receive the results of English proficiency tests, so plan your test on time! In case you haven’t taken a test yet, we advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible.
There are several possibilities for obtaining funding. Among them are: