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MSc Water Technology (joint degree)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
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2 Years
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16600 EUR
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Water Technology
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6
TOEFL-IBT (min)80

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About this course

The master Water Technology is a two year programme with a joint degree. The programme is offered jointly by Wageningen University & Research, University Twente and University of Groningen with education being provided at the Technological Top Institute for Water technology (TTIW Wetsus), in Leeuwarden.
In the field of water (process) technology, breakthrough technological developments are required. Not only to enable the export ambitions of the water sector but also to solve global threats and challenges in society. A combined technological approach, based on the state-of-the-art in science and technology, may offer a solution to several developments, within business and society, with a worldwide impact on the demand for and use of water. Together they formed reason for initiative to start a joint degree in water technology.

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Eligibility Criteria

The English language requirement for this course is Level 1.

English Language Requirements


  • Level 1:overall grade 6.0 (with a minimum sub-score of 6.0 for speaking)
  • Level 2:Overall grade 6.5 (with a minimum sub-score of 6.0 for speaking)


  • Level 1:internet-based 80 (with a minimum sub-score of 20 for speaking)
  • Level 2:internet-based 92 (with a minimum sub-score of 23 for speaking)


  • Level 1:OOPT 60. Writing borderline or pass >65%. Speaking borderline or pass >65%
  • Level 2:OOPT 70. Writing pass >70%. Speaking borderline or pass >65%

Cambridge CAE

  • Level 1:pass at grade C or above
  • Level 2:pass at grade C or above

Cambridge FCE

  • Level 1:pass at grade B or above
  • Level 2:pass at grade A

Cambridge CPE

  • Level 1:pass at grade C or above
  • Level 2:pass at grade B or above

International Baccalauréat

  • Level 1:3 for English
  • Level 2:4 for English

German Abitur

  • Level 1:06 Punkte for English
  • Level 2:09 Punkte for English

Belgium ASO

  • Level 1:60 for English
  • Level 2:70 for English

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Course Modules

The Master Water Technology is a two year study programme and encompasses 120 credits. The programme starts annually in September. On this page you find information about the courses and the programme outline.

The first year consists of two semesters, each with two periods. Period one, two and three consist of ten weeks each. During the first eight weeks, three courses of five credits are taught in parallel. Week nine and ten are reserved for (re-)exams. At the end of the first year students plan their internship (ten weeks).

The second year of the joint degree Water Technology is spent on a Business Case Design project, an elective part and a thesis (28 weeks). The internship, the design project and the thesis are the core components of this programme.

Compulsory course must be successfully completed by all students taking part in de Water Technology programme.

  • Global Water Cycle (5EC): This course offers a firm basis for understanding the domain of water technology in an international context and its principles and values. Furthermore, the course offers a solid insight in the scientific research in this area.
  • Chemical Reactor Design (5EC): Students acquire a critical understanding of the characteristics of chemical reactors and conversion processes and the ability to set up a reactor design and mathematical reactor models in this course.
  • Colloid Chemistry (5EC): This course provides relevant knowledge and understanding of basic scientific and technological aspects of (mainly) physico-chemical interactions between (bio)colloids and their effects on water treatment processes.
  • Multi-component mass transfer in membrane processes (5EC): This course provides a theoretical framework to describe multi-component mass transport and several applications to molecular separations problems, based on adsorption, absorption and membrane separations by means of computer simulation.  
  • Bioreactor Design (5EC): This course provides students with knowledge of the characteristics of applied bioreactors in (waste) water engineering and with a design approach for bioreactors by means of making and using mathematical models.
  • Biological Water Treatment and recovery technology (5EC): This course deals with the most important pollutants and resources in municipal and industrial wastewaters, microbiological technologies to remove and/or recover these pollutants and resources from the wastewater or convert them into energy, illustrated by design cases.
  • Business Case Design project (10EC): In this project academic research and design skills are developed and trained to a high level. Students apply knowledge and learned design principles and concepts while making a design. During the project supporting skills will be trained. Students have to defend their final design before a jury of peers and professionals from the field.

Optional Courses

The individual part (with a minimum of 25EC) within the programme exists of optional courses, 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.



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How to Apply

You need the following documents:

1. A completed application form

2. Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in Dutch or English (or a certified English translation). Students in the final year of their Bachelor may also apply for admission prior to graduation. The Academic Committee on Admissions can tentatively admit students based on a transcript of their academic record and the expected date of graduation. To enroll as a student a certified copy of the Bachelor degree must be submitted before the first day of the start of the study programme.

3. Transcript of academic records (list of subjects and marks obtained during the Bachelor) in Dutch or English. When enrolling as a student a certified copy of the transcript of academic records needs to be submitted.

4. English language proficiency test results

More information: English language proficiency test (non-EU/EFTA)

5. A statement of motivation/purpose explaining why you wish to enroll for the chosen programme, and if applicable, an indication of the programme’s practical value to your profession (one page maximum).

6. A typed Curriculum Vitae or brief personal history.

All documents must be submitted as PDF files in STARS (Student Tracking Admission Registration System).

How to upload documents in STARS

Only complete applications will be submitted to the Academic Committee on Admissions (it can take up to two months to process the application). Your application is processed in the Student Tracking Admission Registration System (STARS). You will receive a registration letter (by email) containing a filenumber and a password. With this user-name and password you can check your application status in STARS.

An applicant who does not meet the admission requirements and is rejected by the Academic Committee on Admissions of Wageningen University & Research will receive notification to this effect as soon as possible. The applicant may lodge an appeal against the decision.

Please note that the application becomes the property of the Student Service Centre after you send it. Therefore no original official documents should be sent. You need to submit a certified copy of your (Bachelor) diploma and list of subjects/marks before you can be enrolled as a student.

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