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Help solve the world's water challenges

Water is one of earth's most important natural resources – we simply cannot do without it. In addition, safe and clean water is becoming increasingly scarce as demand continues to rise all over the world.

This means that highly trained water scientists will always be able to find gainful and interesting employment. 

In your professional career, you might get involved in: 

  • Scientific aspects of water through a PhD study on a hydrological subject; 
  • Management of groundwater exploration;
  • Flood management, studying the effects of land management on discharge;
  • Erosion and sedimentation issues and how to solve them;
  • Quantifying the economic effects of hydrological risks: floods, droughts and pollution;
  • Using satellite imagery and GIS to work on global or regional hydrology;
  • Using your knowledge professionally to improve the management of water resources.

As a graduate in Hydrology, you could work at organisations such as:

  • National and international consultancy companies;
  • Universities;
  • National and provincial government bodies dealing with water;
  • Water supply companies;
  • National and international institutes for applied research and policy support;
  • Water boards.

Professor Philip Ward, Chair of Global Water Risk Dynamics

Professor Philip Ward, Chair of Global Water Risk Dynamics

“Our program is designed to develop sustainable solutions to water-related problems.”

Philip Ward develops new scientific approaches and tools for co-designing sustainable solutions to water-related problems. For example, he is a main developer of the Aqueduct Floods webtool, a model to assess global-scale flood risks which is used by institutes like the World Bank, Red Cross, and private companies.

Philip Ward

What can you do after your Master's degree?

Start working

After completing this Master’s programme, you could pursue a career in hydrology and water management at engineering companies (like Arcadis or Haskoning), consultancies (like Fugro, Sweco and Tauw), governments (including water boards and the Rijkswaterstaat), NGOs (like SamSamWater) or academia. You could work as a manager, consultant or researcher in the field, for example.

Following a PhD programme

If you’d like to continue your academic career, you could also follow a PhD programme. In the Netherlands, PhD positions are usually paid roles (mostly for 3 or 4 years) for which you have to apply. You can carry out research on various hot topics, such as greenhouse gas emission and soil subsidence in peatlands, or global flood risk of coastal areas.