• What does the course involve?
  • Professional career
  • Enrolment
  • Specifications

Each unit focuses on a specific professional task and includes knowledge, practical skills and field visits. International fieldwork is part of the programme. The year comprises the following units:

1st Semester:

  • Unit Water Quality Analysis (15 EC)
  • Unit Water System Analysis (15 EC)

2nd Semester:

  • Integrated Project (8 EC)
  • Internship (16 EC)
  • Thesis (6 EC)


Water Quality Analysis

This is the ‘biotic’ unit of the programme. You will describe the ecological status of a Dutch water body according to the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and analyse the results in contrast with outcomes in another EU country. In order to do this, you will follow courses on aquatic organisms, ecosystems and monitoring, the WFD and other relevant directives, laws and treaties. You will get training in sampling and aquatic species determination, ecological assessment of field data and scientific data analysis and reporting. In this unit there is also time for competency development directed towards a professional working situation.


Water System Analysis

This is the ‘abiotic’ unit of the programme, but linking to the biota. You will study possible future changes for a water system in the EU. In order to do this you will look into the geophysical features of the system and  describe scenarios such as climate change, hydro morphological changes and land-use changes. You will follow courses on a) landscape, geology, geomorphology, soils and land use, b) Climate and climate change and c) hydrology, water systems EU and flora and fauna communities. You will get training in geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) and on how to model a water balance. 


Integrated project

In this project you will work with other students to combine skills and knowledge about water quality and water system functioning into a restoration/conservation solution that meets stakeholder interests. The project will take place in another EU country on an actual problem and for an official client.  


Internship and thesis

This stage incorporates two large sections involving a full-time internship and a Bachelor of Science thesis. During the internship or company placement, you are challenged to further develop the necessary competencies for your preferred professional direction. The thesis consists of proof of scientific and academic expertise in researching, writing and defending a thesis relevant to the sector and related to your field of expertise. In some cases it is possible to fulfill both the internship and the thesis within one company.


High quality education

All study programmes at Aeres University of Applied Sciences are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation NVAO. In this way, you are ensured of high quality education as measured by international education standards. More informatie you can find on the website of NVAO.


ECT system

All records of modules are administered according to the ECT system. After one semester in a course, students’ progress and results are assessed in a meeting of the lecturers teaching and assessing the course. This meeting is meant to identify students with possible progress problems. At the end of the course , students’ progress and results are assessed again. The award of a degree or diploma and pertinent qualification follows the award of all course credits leading to that award.

Find out more about the ECTS - guide.

Successful graduates will be competent in the following areas of expertise:

  • Work with the Water Framework Directive in various EU countries to describe the ecological status of a waterbody
  • Analyse the functioning of a water system and the impacts of possible future changes
  • Develop area restoration / conservation designs
  • Work in international and multidisciplinary settings


Successful applicants for the 1 year Bachelor degree courses must have:

  • Completed at least three years of university study in a related subject relevant to the study programme in such a way that the resulting combined study pathway is plausible in its entirety        
  • A minimum score of 550 in the TOEFL English test or a formally recognised equivalent such as the IELTS (level 6.0) or IBT (79)
  • The ability to formulate coherently in written English, and to have a vision of the chosen area of interest. Essay writing may be part of the selection procedure
  • Strong motivation to be successful in the sector
  • Team spirit, a flexible attitude in an international working environment
  • Funding in the form of a grant or a stipend, or private means

More information about admission.


How to apply

The application procedure consists of two steps. The first step is to complete the application form on our website and send in your CV and motivation letter, indicating which course you would like to apply for. Our application committee will inform you about the result. If you are eligible, the second step is an invitation for an intake interview and a paper-based English test or you can submit proof of English proficiency: TOEFL / IELTS. Processing of the applications will commence in October. Read all about the application voor EU-students and Non EU-students here.

Bachelor programme Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis
Title/ Degree  Bachelor of Applied Biology
Faculty  Almere 
Start of programme  September 
Duration of programme  1 year 
Number of credits  60 ECTS 
Type of programme  Full-time 
Language of instruction  English 
Country of study programme  NL 
Internship(s)  yes 
Accrediation  NVAO 
Application deadlines  1 April - NON-EU students 
  1 June - EU students 
Tuition fee  Find more information here 

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