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Study water management abroad

An in-depth guide to studying water management as an international student.

Water management degrees abroad

As a water management student, you’ll learn how water resources are harvested, distributed, consumed, exploited, and protected across the globe.

You’ll develop the theoretical knowledge and practical expertise needed to sustainably manage supplies across various landscapes. You’ll evaluate the impacts of industry, farming, and abstraction on the water environment, and consider how any negative impacts could be mitigated.

Countries around the world face different water management challenges, like flooding, pollution, and coastal erosion. By studying overseas, you’ll become better equipped at predicting and overcoming risks to the water management cycle, taking your employability to the next level.

Water management program structure

Most programs in water management are only offered at the postgraduate level. Master’s degrees can be studied on a part or full-time basis over one or two years. To be eligible for the MSc course, you must have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject.

It’s also possible to study water management as a doctoral degree. The length of your PhD will depend on your research project, but most last between four and six years.

Much of your time will be spent studying independently, collecting data, and conducting original research. If you take a taught master’s program, you can expect to attend lectures, seminars, workshops, and tutorials too.

Here are some of the core topics you’ll likely learn about:

  • Freshwater ecosystems
  • Sustainable resource management
  • Water pollution
  • Environmental law and impact assessment
  • River and estuary restoration
  • Flood risk management
  • Groundwater resources and protection
  • Lake ecology

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Water management study abroad programs

Water management undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in water management

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    Water Science: Water Law and Policy - BSc University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,000 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Geography Water Resources - BSc Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,929 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,929 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Integrated Science/Business - Water Resources - BBA/BSc University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,800 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in water management

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    Land and Water Resources - UGDip Northern Lights College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    3,568 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,519 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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Water management graduate programs

Master's in water management

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    Water Resources Engineering - MSc Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,633 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,850 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Civil Engineering: Environmental/Water Resources (STEM) - MSc California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,604 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Land & Water Resources - MSc Stephen F. Austin State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,562 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,562 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Environmental Water Management - MSc Cranfield University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    28,510 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,500 GBP

    Start date
    October
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    Civil Engineering: Water Resources Engineering - MSc California State University, Sacramento, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,800 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Doctorate in water management

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    Environmental and Water Resources Engineering - PhD American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,710 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,710 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Future water management careers

Your management, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills will be valued by a whole host of employers.

You could apply your expertise to roles in the water industry, energy sector, government departments, and more. Here are some of the most common graduate destinations:

  • Water resources planner
  • Water treatment engineer
  • Hydrologist
  • Environmental impact assessment consultant
  • Flood risk manager
  • Sustainable waste management consultant
  • Pollution control technician
  • Water quality scientist

If you’re still figuring out what career you’d like to pursue, or don’t know how to land your dream job, it’s worth arranging an appointment at your university’s employability office. Their tailored and professional advice will set you on the right path.