MSc in Water Technology (joint degree)

University of Groningen

Program Description

MSc in Water Technology (joint degree)

University of Groningen

Solving global water problems requires a multidisciplinary approach to knowledge and skills. That is why the Wetsus Institute and three Dutch universities offer a joint degree in Water Technology.

The master Water Technology is a two-year programme offered jointly by Wageningen University, University Twente and the University of Groningen with all education being provided at Wetsus, European Centre of Excellence for sustainable water technology, in Leeuwarden.

In the field of water technology, breakthrough technological developments are required. Not only to enable the export ambitions of the water sector but also to solve global threats and challenges in society.

The main added value of the course lies in the multidisciplinary study of biotechnology and separation technology. Such a combined technological approach may offer a solution to global developments, within business and society, and have a worldwide impact on the demand for and use of water.

This program will qualify you as the expert who is able to participate in resolving worldwide water issues. It enables students to complement their Bachelor of Sciences diploma with scientific knowledge and capabilities that they need for a successful career in the dynamic international setting of business and research.

Programme options

  • Specializations (specialization)

    There are no official specialisations within the programme Water Technology. Students specialise themselves by doing a thesis within one of the research fields. Some examples are:

    • Priority compounds
    • Virus control
    • Applied water physics
    • Desalination
    • Concentrates
    • Biofouling
    • Advanced wastewater treatment
    • Algae
    • Source separated sanitation
    • Resource recovery
    • Sensoring
    • Protein from water
    • Phosphate recovery
    • Groundwater technology
    • Blue energy
    • CO2 energy

Programme schedule

The Master Water Technology is a two-year study programme encompassing 120 credits. The programme starts annually in September.

The first year consists of two semesters, each with two periods. In the first year, students attend several courses and a Business Case Design project. The second year is spent on an internship and a thesis.

The internship, the design project, and the thesis are the core components of this programme.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is unaccommodated

Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programmes have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Admission requirements

grade list

A Grade Point Average (GPA) for the BSc study of at least 70% of the maximum scale.

language test

For applicants whose mother tongue is a language other than English and/or who have not followed all their secondary and tertiary education in English sufficient proficiency in English is required by means of a minimum score of 6.0 on the Academic IELTS test (with a minimum score of 6.0 for speaking). Internet-based TOEFL-iBT scores are also accepted. The required minimum score for admission is 80.

previous education

A relevant BSc degree (or equivalent) in the (related) field of Biotechnology or Chemical Engineering, based on a program of sufficient academic level and quality to be able to complete the Water Technology program.

other admission requirements
  • Dispose of sufficient funds to finance your studies.
  • To apply for this programme, please visit the website of Wageningen University.

The master Water Technology is offered jointly by Wageningen University, the University of Twente and the University of Groningen. For the application guidelines please visit the website of Wageningen University:

Application deadlines

EU/EEA students 15 July 2018 01 September 2018
15 July 2019 01 September 2019
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2019 01 September 2019

Job prospects

The study domain is becoming more and more relevant due to the urgent need for new technologies to meet the global water problems. Water technology for public drinking water production and sewer water treatment is a very large market. Further, the largest use of fresh water is for irrigation purposes.

The industrial water supply and industrial wastewater treatment also represent a significant market. There is no question that business involved in water technology will grow tremendously. Besides this human capital is a basic condition to guarantee the success and continuity of the development of sustainable technologies and a European know-how economy in water technology. In many EU countries, the lack of talented technology professionals is becoming an increasingly limiting factor. The program prepares students for a professional position in the broad area of water technology. Graduates have good national and international career prospects in business and research.

Job examples

  • Consultant or manager at a development project
  • Designer of purification processes
  • R&D department of companies, e.g. Arcadis or Philips
  • PhD, starting a scientific career

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated May 28, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 1, 2019
2 years
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Netherlands - Groningen, Groningen
Start date : Sept. 1, 2019
Application deadline July 15, 2019
EU/EEA students. non-EU/EEA students: 01 May 2019.
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