You will be working on biology and ecology, technology, urban development (design), water quality, administrative issues, flood risks and global cultural and climatic differences during the Water Management programme. In addition to the lectures on Water Management, you also learn all about project management, research methods, English and internationalization.
You become acquainted with the entire field in the first year. In year one you learn everything about the different layers of a delta area: the basic layer (earth and water), the network layer (roads, dikes, harbours and towns) and the occupation layer (human activity in the area). You tackle each layer for an eight week period. You work on biology, ecology, geography, chemistry, economy and management and policy.
You know what suits you best after the first year and subsequently choose your specialization:
- Aquatic Ecotechnology, or Delta Management.
Aquatic Ecotechnology involves flooding, water quality and plants and animals in the water. You take an in-depth look at tidal areas, the rise in sea levels and subsidence, treatment plants, fish passages, the power of water and natural banks.
Delta Management focuses on urban development, laws and regulations, managing water safety, marketing and intercultural communication.
You spend the second quarter studying at how people are adjusting to changes in the environment, for example as a result of increased rainfall and the water levels rising in rivers.
“Building with nature” will be the central focus point during the third quarter. Traditional solutions, such as concrete flood defenses, are often less environmentally friendly. Ecological solutions are therefore now becoming increasingly more important.
You become acquainted with water technology in the last quarter: purifying water for different applications for people and animals, industry and nature. Where can you obtain sufficient fresh water and how can you safeguard the water quality? You learn how to remove and purify wastewater.
You follow a six month minor during the third year of the programme. You can complete the minor with the research groups from water courses at the Zeeland University of Applied Sciences, at another Zeeland University of Applied Sciences programme, or you can opt for another university, either in the Netherlands, or abroad.
You will be doing a work experience placement during the second half of the year at an organization in your specific field. You can choose where you want to do this work experience. You could, for example, opt for a placement in the Caribbean in order to restore a coral area, or work on fish farming based on energy and nutrients supplied by nature in the Netherlands.
You spend the last part of your study graduating at an organization of your choice either in the Netherlands, or abroad. You can also graduate with one of the Zeeland University of Applied Sciences research groups.
You will need to hand in a research project at the end of the fourth year, which demonstrates that you have the Bachelor level. This research can include, for example, which requirements water needs to satisfy in the town in order to avoid it being bad for the public’s health, or the development of a method which a nature organization can use to assess water, allowing it to implement a suitable fish policy.