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Science and Integrated Management of Water


Water is essential to life and plays a significant role in the balanced development of our society. An increasing number of actors are involved in water management, and water research is approached from many disciplinary perspectives.

The university master's degree in Science and Integrated Management of Water provides multidisciplinary, specialized training in the different areas involved in the study of water. The course gives graduates the knowledge and experience to become experts in the technical, social, economic, legal and other aspects of comprehensive water management.
The master's degree is a 120-credit course that provides multidisciplinary, specialized training in the following subjects: Water Cycle, Uses of Water, Water Treatment and Non-Conventional Resources, and Management of Water Resources.

The course offers a dual pathway encompassing professional specialization and an introduction to research. The syllabus therefore places a particular emphasis on practical training. Practical activities include visits to public or private companies working in different areas of water management, field trips to the sites of current research projects or government studies, and laboratory experiments to develop skills that will enable graduates to join university research teams or corporate research and development departments in the future. In addition, students will carry out numerous laboratory activities to gain the skills required to perform chemical, microbiological and parasitological analyses of water, and to interpret the results.

This university master's degree is primarily intended for holders of bachelor's degrees or pre-EHEA degrees and diplomas who wish to gain comprehensive, cross-disciplinary training in the field of water.
The course is organized by the UB Water Research Institute and draws on the University's experience in science and technology transfer to industry, government and society in general, guaranteeing training of the highest quality.
Teaching is provided by lecturers from eighteen departments of nine UB faculties, by professionals from a range of industry sectors, and by government experts.

Learning objectives

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.

Basic Information

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
Language(s) of instruction:
 castellano (90 %) e inglés (10%)
Number of places available:
Approximate price:
 27,67 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2022-2023
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Earth Sciences
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