Programme structure

Master of science phase


The recommended/preferred Master's route for this TGS programme in Water is via the Master of Science in Civil Engineering and ManagementWater Resources and Environmental Management, Environmental and Energy Management or Public Administration


For individually tailored routes via other UT Master's programmes, you may be expected to include as electives courses from the Master's in Civil Engineering and Management, Water Resources and Environmental Management, Environmental and Energy Management, or Public Administration. The courses may be agreed upon with the programme leader and/or the PhD supervisor or professor. For more information see the overview of the participating research groups.


There are several things you can do to prequalify yourself during the Master’s. The four basic ingredients for your tailor-made programme are:

  • elective courses that fit your intended PhD programme
  • research honours programme, intended for the best ten percent of the Master’s students to fine-tune your research skills
  • international research orientation, preferably a research internship at a partner research institute abroad
  • writing a research proposal

During the first year of your chosen Master’s programme, you will take several elective courses to prepare yourself for a PhD trajectory. You can also apply for the research honours programme to further prequalify yourself and you are expected to do a research internship abroad at a partner institute.

The final step is working towards a research proposal during your Master’s thesis. Depending on the programme and the agreements you have with your supervisor, you can either write a research proposal based on your Master’s thesis or instead of your Master’s thesis. This research proposal can serve as your entry for the TGS award.