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M.Sc. in Transnational ecosystem-based Water Management, Duisburg-Essen /Nijmegen

Universität Duisburg-Essen, Studienort Essen

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Are you the future water manager?

Managing sustainable freshwater ecosystems for a better life

Today’s world is facing an increasing demand of the resource water and related freshwater services. Against the background of climate change and its impact on the global economy, the sustainable handling and management of water is of paramount importance (e.g. flood protection). This applies to developed as well as to developing countries and addresses both drinking water supply and waste water treatment. European water legislation has already undergone a dramatic change with valuing the role of ecological approaches, for instance, with the Water Framework Directive. The implementation of ecologically sustainable and integrated water management practices, however, urgently demands for a new type of water managers. A fundamental understanding of ecosystem functions is crucial for them to integrate socio-economical, ecological and engineering sciences into future water management.

The international Master programme “Transnational ecosystem-based Water Management (TWM)

The two-year Master programme ”Transnational ecosystem-based Water Management“ (TWM) accounts for all these issues with a transboundary and interdisciplinary approach, particularly aiming at the ecological aspects of water management. It values rivers as natural systems which are key to human well-being worldwide.

TWM is a joint initiative of the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) and the Radboud University in Nijmegen (The Netherlands). The first semester is taught in Nijmegen, the second semester in Essen. The second year is dedicated to practice, i.e. to implement the knowledge within an external three-month internship and finally in context of the master thesis. Due to its international curriculum, the study programme allows the student for an insight in the interdisciplinary educational structure and the two cultures in Germany and the Netherlands. Students will graduate at both universities.

Course contents

Transnational ecosystem-based Water Management covers the scientific fields of:

  • Water ecology
  • Water chemistry
  • Water engineering
  • Water basin management
  • Flood management
  • Social environmental sciences
  • Environmental valuation

TWM is in line with the Bologna criteria and designed with a modular curriculum. Altogether 120 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System) are evenly allocated to the four terms of the study programme. Thus, TWM is fully compatible on the international level.

Employment prospects

TWM is developed in cooperation with scientists, managers and policy makers in the field of water (resources) management, both in public and private organizations in Germany and the Netherlands. Current and future issues in water management and ecology inspire the academic research. Along with state-of-the-art-theoretical concepts, this master degree programme will also have a strong career perspective.

As a graduate of this course, you will be well-trained to meet high standards and have good job opportunities at water authorities, water boards, consultancies, national and international NGOs. TWM may also provide a basis for an academic career.

The implementation of ecologically sustainable and integrated water management practices, however, urgently require a new type of water manager.

The first two semesters are taught in Nijmegen and Essen.

Study locations

The University of Duisburg-Essen is a young and modern university with approximately 33,000 students. You will benefit from the convenient and friendly atmosphere, the small working groups and the options for in-depth specialization provided by the scientists involved in the course. A convenient public transport system makes it possible to arrive at the university at ease.

Radboud University Nijmegen is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. Renowned for its green campus, modern buildings, and state-of-the-art equipment, it has eight faculties and enrols over 16.000 students in approximately 90 study programmes (about 40 Bachelor's and more than 50 Master's programmes).

Admission requirements

Students can enrol from a variety of backgrounds. Formal requirements include
a university bachelor degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Geography, Civil Engineering, Hydrology
a bachelor degree from HBO or ‘Fachhochschule’ (polytechnic) in related fields
an English language proficiency certificate (TOEFL 550 (paper based)/215 (computer based)/81 (internet based) or IELTS 6.0))

For a complete list of required documents please visit or contact the TWM coordinators at the universities of Nijmegen or Duisburg-Essen.


Application is possible at Radboud University Nijmegen (winter term) or University of Duisburg-Essen (summer term). Applicants have to fill out the official application form and submit it together with the other required documents (see website) to the Central Student’s Office at Radboud University or to the study secretary at University of Duisburg-Essen:

Radboud University Nijmegen
Dienst Studentenzaken
P.O.Box 9120
6500 HC Nijmegen
The Netherlands

University of Duisburg-Essen
Mrs. Heike Todenhöfer
Centre of Water and Environmental Research
S03 S00 A37
45117 Essen

Deadline for application

                                      Winter  Summer
for EU citizens:               1 June   1 March
for non-EU citizens:         1 May  15 January

If you have questions regarding the enrolment procedure, please visit our website ( or contact the TWM coordinators at the universities of Nijmegen or Duisburg-Essen.


Mrs. drs. Conny G.F. Mooren
Student advisor
Socrates/Erasmus Coordinator
Secretary Examination Board Master Biology and Master Medical Biology
Radboud University Nijmegen
Educational Institute Biosciences
Huygensbuilding, roomnumber 00.114
Heijendaalseweg 135
6525 AJ Nijmegen

Phone: +31 (0)24-3652281

Heike Todenhöfer
University of Duisburg-Essen
Centre of Water and Environmental Research
Universitätsstr. 2
45117 Essen -- Germany

Phone: +49 201 183-3523

You find further information on the following websites. or ru/nl/science/twm