The ‘Dispuut Watermanagement’ is the link between students and the department and acts as a representative of the students in decisions regarding organisation and education of the two masters: Watermanagement and Environmental Engineering. Our two commissioners of education for Watermanagement and Environmental Engineering are in charge of the evaluation of courses and they discuss the results with the lecturers and the Department. Beside that they are also part of the Board of Studies.
Every quarter the ‘Dispuut Watermanagement’ evaluates some of the given courses. The individual courses are evaluated at least once every two years. We greatly appreciate both the cooperation of the teachers and the valuable response of the students. It is important that many students give their comments to improve the courses.
Ainoa – Urban Water Engineering
My name is Ainoa and after having completed a bachelor in Civil Engineering at the TU Delft I went on to do my masters in Watermanagement. I am now in my second year and doing the track of Urban Watermanagement. My passion for water was developed at a young age when I learnt how vital water was for human life and how diverse sanitation conditions are around the world. Having lived in The Netherlands all my life, it only occurred to me after visiting other countries how well the Dutch manage their water and how integrated it is into the landscape and social lives.
The courses about sanitation are nicely balanced to facilitate theoretical understanding of treatment processes but also to teach application of treatment techniques. For example, last year we had to fully design a drinking water treatment plant for one of the courses. It was a great way to use the knowledge we had learnt and gain expertise of how this is applied in practice on large scale. The master programme provides space for experiences abroad; in November I will travel to Japan to do research for a multidisciplinary project about tsunami resilient cities. Furthermore, I am planning on doing an internship to acquire some work experience and help me take a decision in which field I want to do my thesis in: drinking water, wastewater or industry water.
Jeroen – Hydrology & Water Resources
My name is Jeroen Schoester, 24 years old. Currently I’m in my second year of the master water management. I started the master after finishing the bachelor of civil engineering at the TU Delft. During the bachelor I was a typical student in my first couple of years: Do the bare minimum to still get a passing grade. However, starting the master, it became very clear that this kind of attitude was not going to get me far. The master, although I did not find it as difficult as I expected it to be, has a high work load. So, going from on average 25 hours a week to 40 hours a week was quite the transition. However, it is important for yourself to be motivated and enthusiastic. You can choose your own courses. Personally, I found it very interesting to look at the urban hydrology. How can we improve data gathering or how can we interpret the data? Making cities more resilient or robust.
In your second year there are many exciting opportunities to get close to companies you might work for in the future in the form of an additional thesis’, internships, Multi-Disciplinary Projects (MDP) and of course your graduation work. I am going on a MDP to Thailand, which I am very excited for. However, the most important thing to take away for the master is this: You must create opportunities for yourself. You choose what you are going to do. The professors are there to help you in your choices, do not be afraid or nervous to talk to them about your interests. If you want to start and additional thesis, do an internship at a company or need a subject for your graduation, more likely than not, there will be multiple professors that can help you along.
Hon-Chuk – Environmental Tecnology
I’m Hon-Chuk from Hong Kong and now a Year 2 master student on Environmental Engineering, specialising in Environmental Technology in TU Delft. I studied Environment and Sustainable Development in my bachelor and would like to go further on technologies and treatments on water. Therefore, I came here which is well-known on handling water right after my graduation and it seemed to me now this is a right decision. The master programme helps me to build a strong knowledge foundation especially in water treatments which equips me well for my future career and feeds my curiosity.
Currently, I am doing an internship on eutectic freeze crystallization related to zero brine project. EFC is also a good reason why I should study here as I have never heard of it before; the technology which is able to produce pure ice (water) and salts from wastewater sounds promising and fascinating. A new perspective and opportunities are opened.
It is not just shoe-shining but I truly think the Environmental Technology track is a good choice for who is looking for learning (new) technologies to save the environment. In companion with my friendly classmates and nice professors, I enjoy my time in TU Delft and am looking forward to the coming year and hopefully a good career onward.
Rosa – Environmental Science
A study about the changing environment and the impact of this on global circulation, sounded like the right study for me. My name is Rosa and one year ago I decided to start with the Environmental Science track after finishing my bachelor Molecular Science and Technology (Chemistry/Chemical Engineering) at the TU Delft. The track offers me a broad overview of all the natural phenomena, which take place all around us every day. From extreme precipitation and how to model this, to the use of satellite data to map land use change.
After following the interesting courses of the first year, I am now starting my internship at KNMI (the Dutch Meteorology Institute). The main focus of this internship will be on the air quality in Rotterdam and tracking the pollution streams. After my internship, the possibilities are still open for my master thesis. Will I go for research at one of the groups of the TU Delft, go to a company or maybe stick with my research at the KNMI? As there are so many options, this will not only be a question for my thesis. Also, after graduation there will be many job opportunities all over the globe.
Since the 1st of February 2014 the procedure for the MSc graduation has changed. The diploma will be handed out during the MSc thesis defence. For explanations and specific requirements look at the following page. All you need to do for your graduation is explained in detail in this form concerning the Civil Engineering procedure. Student from Environmental Engineering can choose to graduate as Applied Earth Scientist, rather than Civil Engineering. Check this form concerning Applied Earth Science procedure.In the Implementation Regulation you will find all the rules explained in detail. Remark: rules can often change year by year! Usually you have to check the implementation regulation of the academic year when you started your master.
For more information and help you can contact the following thesis coordinators: