Master in Sustainable Water Management


Program Description


Degradation of water and water resources is a worldwide issue. Given the importance of water to socio-economy, human and ecosystem health, an integrated approach is required if sustainable development is to be achieved.


You can be a Bachelor graduate or a practitioner with either environmental or technical backgrounds. You must be interested in advancing your water management skills, as well as developing your capacity to work in a multidisciplinary and international environment.

It is important to note that this Programme does not intend to make an "ecologist" out of an "engineer", or an "engineer" out of an "ecologist". It however explicitly ensures that you deepen your water skills by integrating key knowledge complementary to your own field of study, and by deepening your own professional competences.


You will acquire an ability to identify, define and discuss the potential impacts human activities have on the various aquatic ecosystems, as well as a capacity to identify, formulate and make a case for suitable water management in both developed and developing economies. You will use both ecological and engineering principles in developing prevention, mitigation and restoration measures that take into consideration socio-economical and public health issues.


You will deal with problem-solving and interdisciplinary cooperation on a daily basis. You will be immersed in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment (over 12 nationalities have so far attended this programme). We use a learning-by-doing approach, so you will have "hands-on" field and laboratory projects, seminar-based discussions and mini-workshops where you will present your own work or that of your team. You can do your thesis work in Sweden or abroad.

Curriculum outline

  • The Language of instruction is English.
  • All courses are also offered as a single-subject course.


Magisterexamen i Vattenvårdsteknik. This is translated into English as Master 1 year in Sustainable Water Management.

Career Prospects

This curriculum further prepares you to play an important role in water and water-related sectors, would it be with municipalities, government organisations or consulting firms, as well as pursuing further graduate studies.

Specific Admission Requirements

Bachelor of Sciences (BSc) or Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in subjects related to water or water resources; which includes, but is not limited to environmental sciences, environmental chemistry, physical geography, civil engineering and environmental engineering.

Skills in English, both oral and written, equivalent to English B/English 6, must be demonstrated. You can demonstrate that you meet the English language requirement through certain upper secondary (high school) studies, certain university studies, or an internationally approved English test.

Entry requirements and selection

Bachelor of Sciences (BSc) or Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in subjects related to water or water resources, for example, biology, environmental sciences, physical geography, civil engineering and environmental engineering and English B or equivalent. ) English B is equivalent to - International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5. - Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test and a total score of 575; Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test and a total score of 90. - Cambridge ESOL: Certificate in Advanced English, Diploma of English Studies or Certificate of Proficiency.

Selection: Most credits earned

Last updated February 2018

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