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IWRM International - Master of Science with focus on Middle East and Northern Africa Region



The overall objective is to educate experts in the field of Integrated Water Resource Management who are high in demand for leading positions in the water sector and are able to manage complex projects for international institutions and companies operating in the MENA region.

Target group

The ideal student holds at minimum a bachelor’s degree and has some working experience at an institute or a company in the water sector. He/she should be fluent in English and have good communicative skills. In addition, participants should be highly motivated to contribute to solving the water crisis and to the development in the Arab region in general. Furthermore, the participants should aspire to make a career in the international water sector. The participants may come from a variety of backgrounds: engineering, natural sciences, agricultural sciences, economics, and social sciences.

Teaching content, objectives and methods

The studies cover a period of four semesters. The first and second semesters take place in Cologne, Germany and the third semester in Amman, Jordan. The fourth semester is dedicated to the master’s thesis with focus on the MENA region. The didactic concept consists of two components: a technical and a social one. The technical component provides the participants with the relevant and up-to-date knowledge and skills necessary to take decisions towards sustainable management of water resources. The social component is equally important and aims at equipping the participants with the communicative, intercultural, and managerial skills necessary to take up leadership positions in the water sector and to work effectively in the framework of international cooperation. In class, modern teaching methods are employed such as problem-based learning, interactive teaching, concept mapping and computer-based learning.


The participants receive a degree Master of Science »Integrated Water Resources Management«, issued by TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences.

Language of instruction


Start of the program

The first semester starts in Cologne each winter term (September).


Interested students may apply for one of the restricted number of scholarships. Selected participants from the DAC-list countries may receive a scholarship during the full length of the course.

Q&A | Application IWRM-MENA

Oct 17, 2023, 3 pm (German time)
Q&A Session: Application for the IWRM-MENA Master’s Program

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Meeting ID: 650 7809 5644
Passcode: MENA

Application Deadline

Foreign applicants: until March 31st each year for the winter semester of the same year.

German applicants: until June 10th each year for the winter semester of the same year.

DAAD Scholarships: Applicants from DAC-list countries can apply for the Master program until November 15th each year for the winter semester of the following year.

Examination Regulations

Partner: German Jordanian University

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