7 factors to consider when selecting a Water Resources Master programme


If you want to pursue a Master's degree or PhD in water resources, there are several options in local or foreign universities. You can ask for information to acquaintances, but you will only obtain partial information. To have a global idea of the different Water Resources Masters programmes, we recommend you to consider the following factors:


1. Full-time or part-time Master?

Some Master's programmes are full-time, while in others you only have to attend at night and on weekends. This difference is important, since it represents the dedication of the alumni to the Master. Definitely, full-time Masters have a more structured methodology and the student is completely dedicated to the courses. In part-time Masters, students work and attend the classes, and study during their free time.


2. Which water resources field do you want to specialize in?

Water resources are a broad area, so the student must have an idea of which specialization area prefers. You could choose any of the following:

  • Hydrology
  • Hydraulic
  • Hydrogeology
  • Hydrochemistry
  • Water treatment
  • Water supply
  • Hydro informatics, etc.


3. Course structure

In a Master's programme, the theory courses must be equilibrated with practice courses. It is also important to know which are oriented to science and which are focused on management. Evaluate which tools/software the programme teaches.


4. Laboratory facilities

Some processes and water cycle dynamics can be evaluated through laboratory tests. Depending on your chosen specialization, the Master will offer applied laboratories. Analyze the laboratories and their topic.


5. Field visits

The study of water resources requires field visits. Evaluate how many field visits the Master programme considers, to which places and which processes will be studied.


6. Published papers

To know the strengths and capacities of the students who are taking a Master, is good to read the published papers and the thesis themes. It is even better if you can access the content of the presented theses. The specialization degree of the programme is measured by the quality of the students but also by the quality of the research projects.


7. Funding

Finding a scholarship or funding is a great support to take a Master. We can consider the scholarship as a commitment of the student to finish the programme in the required time. Starting the Master without the necessary economic support generates stress in the student and decreases the probabilities of culminating the programme.


We hope that these criteria have been useful for you in the evaluation of the different Master programmes that you had in consideration and we also hope that you have a brilliant specialization in water resources.


Saul Montoya

Saul Montoya es Ingeniero Civil graduado de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú en Lima con estudios de postgrado en Manejo e Ingeniería de Recursos Hídricos (Programa WAREM) de la Universidad de Stuttgart con mención en Ingeniería de Aguas Subterráneas y Hidroinformática.

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