This English-taught programme on Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis is open to both Dutch and international students who are interested in careers in one of the following professions:
- Advisor Spatial Planning for water ecosystems
- Practical researcher monitoring & evaluation
And professions related to the above.
Do you want to dive into aquatic ecosystems? Then join this programme! Here you can study the ins and outs of the fresh water environment. Biotic and abiotic elements are explored on different spatial and temporal scales. And there are fascinating interactions between those factors in the system, waiting to enchant you. To ensure that you will be well prepared for the professional practice the programme takes the challenges into account that a present day water professional has to deal with. For example you will look at the effects climate change has on water systems. And you will look at the monitoring cycle for water quality including its EU regulation in the Water Framework Directive.
The programme is taught in English and both Dutch and international students are welcome.
Expertise on aquatic ecology and expertise on water systems is presented in two parallel units in the first semester. Each unit includes a professional task for an official client, the acquisition of knowledge, practical skills and field visits. The overall application of this expertise comes in a multidisciplinary project abroad in the second semester, solving a water-quality problem. To finalise the year you choose your own theme for an individual internship and thesis.
The programme trains you to think ‘out of the box’ in an international context and with a focus on sustainable solutions. There is time for specialisation and for multidisciplinary work. We developed the programme in cooperation with experts from the water sector, thus we were able to incorporate the actual skills and knowledge needed in the sector. After successful graduation you have possibilities for careers in governmental organisations at all levels, water boards, research institutes, consultancy companies and non-profit organizations.