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The tables at the bottom of this page present the curriculum with the core teaching modules of the GroundwatCH Master Programme. The programme totals 120 ECTS, distributed over three semesters of 30 ECTS, i.e. one semester at each full partner, and a final semester of 30 ECTS, constituting the master study and resulting thesis.

The programme is organized around the following thematic areas:


  1. General Hydrogeology;

  2. Groundwater Data Collection, Interpretation and Modelling;

  3. Climate Processes and Modelling;

  4. Integrated River Basin and Water Resource Management;

  5. Groundwater and Environmental Impacts;

  6. Groundwater, Society and Policies; and

  7. Groundwater, Climate and Global Change Impacts and Adaptation.

Learn more

a brief introduction to GroundwatCh by programme coordinator Dr. Tibor Stigter

The students will start the academic year in September at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, where during the first semester they receive courses addressing core competences in Thematic Areas 1-6, totalling 30 ECTS.

In March of the following year, the students will move to UNESCO-IHE in Delft, where they acquire 30 ECTS in the second semester, taking advanced courses within Thematic Areas 2 and 4-7.


Following conclusion of the second semester and the summer break, the students then move to the Technical University of Dresden, where they study during the third semester, obtaining advanced training (30 ECTS) in Thematic Areas 3 and 7, through compulsory teaching modules in climate modelling and groundwater-soil-land-climate feedback mechanisms, as well as a study project. Here the students will also have a number of optional modules from which they can choose two, specialising in a certain direction, depending on their thesis subject.

In March of the second academic year the students will start their thesis study (30 ECTS). Students can conduct dissertation research at any private or public institution, under promotership of a lecturer of a consortium partner institution. Lecturers of both the consortium and associated partner institutions can act as co-promoters.

Balance for MSc dissertation projects amongst partner institutions will be achieved by means of promoting the establishment of joint projects between different members of the consortium.

Semester 1: IST Lisbon / Portugal

Period: September to February

Degree: MSc in Environmental Engineering

Semester 2: IHE Delft / Netherlands

Period: March to July

Degree: MSc in Water Science and Engineering

Semester 3: TU Dresden / Germany

Period: September to February

Degree: MSc in Hydro Science and Engineering

Semester 4: MSc thesis

Period: March to August

30 ECTS with full and associated partners

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