The Master's in Water Technology is a two-year programme with a joint degree and encompasses 120 credits. The programme is taught entirely in English and leads to the title ‘Master of Science’.
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
- Advanced water treatment
- Source Separated Sanitation
- Resource recovery
- Membrane processes and operation for wastewater treatment and reuse
- Protein from water
- Phosphate recovery
- Ground water technology
- Blue energy
- CO2 energy
During the two-year programme students have to complete compulsory courses, as well as a few (restricted) elective courses, an internship of 20 credits, and a thesis of 40 credits.
There are eight compulsory courses for all students in the Master's in Water Technology:
The individual part within the programme consists of elective courses, which are partly restricted. The programme offers students the opportunity to choose their own profile within the different research themes of relevant chair groups and/or provides in-depth disciplinary and multidisciplinary insights into the fields of chemical engineering and biotechnology, based on mathematics, chemistry, physics and microbiology.
The MSc internship consists of 20 credits of practical work outside the education and research environment. Students apply knowledge and skills acquired during their study, and also acquire relevant new knowledge, insights and skills through work experience. Students learn to work independently and develop a feeling for the context of the organization. The work has to be carried out at an academic level. Reflection on the practices of the organization and on the student’s own functioning is an important component. Internships also offer students the opportunity to reflect on their career after completion of the studies and to get a sense of the areas of expertise and competences they further need to develop.
Students can do their internship in the Netherlands and/or abroad. There is a huge and diverse group of participating companies in water technology business and quite a number of this group is international-oriented (www.wetsus.nl/entrepreneurship).
The master thesis (40 credits) is the culmination of the joint degree aimed at preparing students to do research independently and to combine all acquired skills. It gives them the opportunity to become experts in the field of a topic that fits their personal interests and preferred future career in the area of water technology. Crucial to the thesis is that students show that they are able to critically analyze, discuss and summarize the topic concerned.
For the thesis, students can participate in on-going research project at Wetsus or at the involved universities. A successful completed thesis is seen as a proof of the fact that the student achieved the learning outcomes of the joint degree. The thesis is an individual research project and is a mix of a learning activity and a test of competence of the student. Considering the character of the research projects in water technology, it is possible to do a thesis that involves more chair groups.