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 Water Technology Master's degree program is a two-year program 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 an expert who is able to participate in resolving worldwide water issues. It enables students to complement their Sciences Bachelor's degree with scientific knowledge and capabilities that they need for a successful career in the dynamic international setting of business and research.



The Master Water Technology is a two-year study program encompassing 120 credits. The program 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 program.

Admission requirements

Dutch or international diploma

Specific requirements More information
Grade average

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 6.5 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.

Dispose of sufficient funds to finance your studies.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

01 August 2020

01 September 2020

EU/EEA students

15 July 2020

01 September 2020

non-EU/EEA students

01 May 2020

01 September 2020

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 15500 full-time
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time

Job prospects

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

The industrial water supply and industrial wastewater treatment also represent a significant market. There is no question that the 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
  • The R&D department of companies, e.g. Arcadis or Philips
  • Ph.D., starting a scientific career


Collaboration, Integration, and Top-Level Research

As a student Water Technology, you will be in the center of the multidisciplinary laboratory of Wetsus, in which 80% of the research will be carried out. Wetsus is situated in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. By inviting all the researchers to one location, maximal cooperation and creativity are generated. The researchers are seconded by the participating EU-universities at Wetsus, but the universities carry scientific responsibility for the projects.

In this way, an enormous intellectual and creative power will be focused on water technology and at the same time knowledge capacity will be build up by all the participating universities.

The Netherlands is Europe's leading country in water process technology. The Dutch government focuses on her innovation policy on water and has appointed Leeuwarden as the focal point for water technology development. This results in supportive government policy in the form of enabling subsidies for water research and innovation. Around the Wetsus research and education facilities, a high-tech Water Campus has been realized to concentrate on know-how, entrepreneurship, talent, and venture capital. This attracts starting companies as well as research centers of large companies.

Wetsus is part of the Dutch Innovation Program on Water Technology. The innovation program aims for the development of sustainable water treatment technology with a strong focus on export. Wetsus takes care of the pre-competitive technology development within this program. Wetsus focuses on the research and development of entirely new concepts and on breakthrough improvements of existing technology.

In both cases, an entirely new approach has been chosen whereby the basic principle is always the integration of various knowledge disciplines. In addition to collaboration between industry and universities, there is also unique scientific collaboration within Wetsus. Many scientific chairs cooperate in the program. Leading researchers from various universities and other research institutes can physically work side-by-side in the Wetsus laboratory. This unique collaboration brings synergy and new creativity to the search for new sustainable water treatment technology.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated October 9, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 1, 2020
2 years
2,143 EUR
EU/EEA students: €2143/year. Non-EU/EEA students: €14650
May 1, 2020
for non-EU students. 01/08/2020 for Dutch students and 15/07/2020 for EU students
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