University of Barcelona

Science and Integrated Management of Water

Objectives and competences


The course aims to provide specialized cross-disciplinary training in the different areas related to water and water resources, giving students a level of professional competence and the specific knowledge to evaluate and manage water resources in the water cycle and the different uses and treatments of water. The course also provides specific training in aspects of water management for which social demand has grown, and in which the University of Barcelona can offer unique training thanks to its extensive experience and its key role in the social, industrial and administrative fabric of Catalonia.

The course also provides a platform for international mobility for students and teaching staff through the configuration of a double degree agreement by which students can obtain to obtain both the UB qualification and the Master in Water taught by the University of Montpellier, the National Institute of Agronomic Studies of Montpellier and the Institute of Life and Environmental Sciences and Technology at Paul Valéry University of Montpellier. Students and staff are also encouraged to apply to European and international exchange programmes with a view to completing placements at universities or research centres and in official organizations or companies. The course aims to contribute to the overall competence of future professionals, enabling them to acquire experience and to improve their foreign language skills. It also provides a platform through which the teaching staff can exchange experiences and methodological know-how applicable to their teaching and research.

The degree seeks to produce highly employable graduates: students complete an institutional or company placement as a compulsory part of the syllabus, where they are able to put the knowledge they have acquired into real-world practice and gain first-hand experience of professional life in their chosen field.


General competences

  • Capacity to analyse and interpret data.

  • Ability to use advanced analytical tools.

  • Capacity to take an active role in research and innovation projects in the field of water.

Specific competences

  • Understanding of and capacity to identify the fundamental aspects in the various branches of science involved in the water cycle, and understanding of the relevant legal, economic and social considerations.

  • Ability to locate and correctly interpret regulations on the different areas of water use and management.

  • Ability to evaluate the costs associated with water supply financing and taxation.

  • Understanding of the importance of water across all areas of the environment and in interactions with natural elements.
  • Capacity to evaluate reports on conventional and non-conventional water resources.

  • Ability to develop and evaluate projects in which water plays a significant role.

  • Ability to identify the collateral problems and potential risks involved in the alteration and modification of water, the generation of solid waste, and waste disposal.