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Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree in Flood Risk Management

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2022

September 2022

September 2023

September 2023

About this program

Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree in Flood Risk Management

Erasmus Mundus master's degree in Flood Risk Management, coordinated by the UNESCO-IHE (Institute for Water Education) and with the UPC as a participant, provides an integrated approach to flood risk management that seeks to reduce human and socioeconomic losses caused by flooding. The need to adopt an integrated, holistic approach to flood risk management is reflected in Directive 2007/60/CE (RD 903/2010 of 9 July, on flood risk assessment and management). To date, European programmes have dealt with a variety of technical aspects but failed to propose integrated management; in this respect, the Erasmus Mundus master's degree in Flood Risk Management constitutes a breakthrough in hydraulics training in Europe.

It is offered by a consortium of institutions: the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (the Netherlands), the Technical University of Dresden (Germany), the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the UPC.

Admission requirements

General requirements

  • An official Spanish university qualification or an official university qualification issued by a university in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) that qualifies the holder for admission to a master's degree.
  • A qualification issued by a university in a country that is not in the EHEA. If the qualification has not been homologated, the UPC will verify that the course of study corresponds to a level of education equivalent to an official Spanish university degree and that the qualification obtained would provide admission to a master’s degree in the country in which it was awarded. This access route in no way implies the homologation of the qualification or its recognition for any purpose other than admission to the master's degree. The master's degree will, however, be fully and legally valid.

In addition to these general access requirements, which apply to all master's degree courses, specific admission requirements may be set for each programme.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Semester 1: TU Dresden, Germany

  • Fieldtrip
  • GIS and statistics (preparatory course)
  • Flood Risk Management I
  • Flood Risk Management II
  • Meteorology and Hydrology
  • Geodesy
  • Ecology (E) / Hydraulic Engineering (NE)
  • Hydrochemistry (E) / Hydromechanics (NE)

Semester 2: IHE Delft The Netherlands

  • Data-driven modelling and real-time control
  • River basin modelling
  • River flood modelling
  • International fieldtrip to Florida Everglades
  • Flood Risk Management III
  • Decision Support Systems in the Water Domain

Semester 3a: Technical University of Catalonia, Spain

  • Implication of Global warming on Floods and Droughts
  • Coastal flooding: impacts, conflicts and risks
  • Debris Flow and Flash Flood: Risk, Hazard, Vulnerability and Resilience concepts
  • Radar rainfall forecast, early warning systems
  • Fluvial morphodynamic

Semester 3b: University of Ljubljana Slovenia

  • Spatial planning for flood risk management
  • Socio-economic and institutional framework for flood risk management

Semester 4: Thesis project

  • Designing a flood-resilient city to deal with extreme rainfall (IHE Delft and Municipality of Dordrecht)
  • ANN Models in the Predictive Control of Reservoir Systems (IHE Delft and Deltares)
  • Analyses of trends and changing patterns of global precipitation based on chosen public domain data sets (TU Dresden)
  • Flood risk assessment and modelling uncertainty relations using data-driven models (TU of Catalonia and TNC Colombia)
  • Flood impacts on property values and proposal of measures to enhance flood safety (University of Ljubljana)
  • From vision to reality: making cities flood resilient by implementing green infrastructure strategies (the case of the City of Hoboken, New Jersey) (IHE Delft and Royal Haskoning DHV)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees.


120 ECTS credits

The learning objectives (acquisition of knowledge) for the students include:

  • A broad and cross-boundary scientific knowledge on flood risk management;
  • A comprehensive knowledge base and understanding of the current theory and practice relating to flooding and flood management;
  • The fundamental knowledge leading to the understanding of socio-economic issue related to flooding;
  • A broad scientific knowledge about conservation, restoration and management measures to overcome challenges imposed on water by humans and by climate change, and;
  • An extended knowledge on a basin-wide approach to flood risk management.

For more information, please visit the university website.

Career paths

On completion of the course, students will be able to analyse the reciprocal relationships between physical systems, institutional frameworks and the socioeconomic environment, and identify future social and climatic pressures and needs and the consequent trends in system management; apply specific practical skills, such as the ability to identify the main physical processes in a given river basin or coastal zone and their interaction with the associated assets and receptors; identify the links between all issues related to flooding in order to apply an integrated approach to the sustainable management of floods using the best decision-making support tools; review scientific literature and carry out independent research; apply sophisticated hydroinformatics and modelling tools and best practices to address the problems of flood risk management; and occupy positions of responsibility as flood risk managers.

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08034 Barcelona Catalonia

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