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Program Structure

The master program starts in the winter term of each academic year. It consists of modules, which are usually block-structured. The program is equivalent to 120 ECTS, (one ECTS equals around 30 hours of workload) according to the European system.


The first, second and third semester consist of core and elective modules, the fourth semester is dedicated to master thesis:

  • Core modules (compulsory modules) cover 40 ECTS
  • Elective modules (compulsory optional modules from the catalogue “Method & Tools” and the thematic catalogues “IWRM”, “NRM”) cover 50 ECTS
  • Master thesis and colloquium cover 30 ECTS


Core Modules
Acknowledging the fact that participants have a wide range of professional backgrounds, core modules aim at providing the student with a general overview of different disciplines relevant to water resources. The IWRM-SEA program follows the principle of sustainable development, which can only be achieved in consideration of ethical and social aspects. Therefore, such aspects play a fundamental role during the studies. In various courses students are encouraged to think and reflect critically.

Elective Modules
The elective modules are organized into “Methods and Tools” and two thematic blocks: “Integrated Water Resources Management IWRM” and “Natural Resources Management and Development NRM”. Students select a total of ten elective modules from the respective module catalogue IWRM (minimum 25 ECTS), the module catalogue methods and tools (minimum of 10 ECTS), and a maximum of 15 ECTS modules from any module catalogue, including the catalogues of the adjoining master program (NRM). Such multiple opportunities of elective courses choices are beneficial for the interdisciplinary nature of the student body. Every student is supported in his way of specializing during the master program. Since resources management includes numerous cross-cutting issues, free choice of electives from the adjoining module catalogues related to land is highly important.

The fourth semester is dedicated to the master thesis research which is addressing a present research or management problem. Internships and research stays predominantly in Vietnam guarantee the practical orientation of the master research, which is preferably done in cooperation with an ongoing project of an institution or company. Here students demonstrate their ability to analyze a problem as well as design, execute and document the related research. Hence, the student applies the knowledge and competencies acquired in the previous semesters and demonstrates the ability to plan and execute a project systematically and independently.

Module handbook
To download the module handbook, please click here.

Welcome Day / Graduation Ceremony

Sep 26, 2023 (Tuesday)

  • 9.45 a.m. – Welcome New Bachelor Students
  • 11.30 a.m. – Welcome New Master Students
  • 3.00 p.m. – Graduation Ceremony (M. Sc.)

All three events will take place at the Campus Deutz, lecture hall 3

Campus Deutz Room Plan

Module Handbook

Examination Regulations

PO1: Examination regulations in English (28.11.2014)
Please click here for the English Examination Regulations

PO1: Examination regulations in German (28.11.2014)
Please click here for the German Examination Regulations

PO2: Examination regulations in German (26.10.2022)
Please click here for the German Examination Regulations

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