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Master Of River Delta Development (MSc)

VHL University of Applied Sciences
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Start dates
September 2020  (English)
September 2021  (English)
September 2022  (English)

Program description

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Study the MSc Master of River Delta Management

The Master’s programme River Delta Development (MSc) trains students to be facilitators of change for river deltas. Everywhere in the world, urbanisation and climate change are encroaching upon these fertile, ecologically valuable regions.

The central theme of the Master’s programme River Delta Development is the transition of deltas: from large-scale management to sustainable adaptation.

The challenge is to decrease the vulnerability of river deltas while simultaneously increasing the opportunities for healthy economic and ecological development. In the Master’s programme River Delta Development, these developments are viewed as transitions: progressive, complex changes and adjustments in river delta systems that demand professionals who can intervene effectively.

These transitions require innovative, multidisciplinary, and holistic solutions. Versatile delta professionals are required, who not only have knowledge of river delta systems (coasts, seas, and rivers) and the latest developments, but also possess the necessary research and communication skills to make meaningful contributions to these transitions.

As a student in the River Delta Development Master’s programme, you will take part in Living Labs in which the professorships and research centres of the three universities of applied sciences are involved. You will be working on location, on real-world issues, in multidisciplinary teams along with professionals from the field.

You will find yourself making the rounds along the delta: the Master’s programme begins at HZ in Middelburg, continues at Van Hall Larenstein in Velp, and is completed at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Admission requirements

In order to qualify for participation in the master River Delta Development, you should have a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognized university (of applied sciences) or accredited academic institution in a discipline related to that of the Master’s programme. You also need to prove your English proficiency by providing a certificate issued by selected language institutions:

  • Academic IELTS overall band score of at least 6.0
  • TOEFL, internet based (TOEFL-iBT) of at least 90
  • Cambridge CAE-C (CPE)

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Program content

A significant driving force behind the development of the River Delta Development Master’s programme is the demand in the field for facilitators of change: professionals who think and work in constructive, integrated ways, have the knowledge of transitional processes, and can create connections within the water sector and beyond. The field makes it clear that this degree programme is meeting this societal need:

  • by providing educated professionals who can implement their knowledge in an international setting for the function of delta systems and the Dutch delta approach;
  • by the connection between professorships and research centres at the three universities of applied sciences and the option for multidisciplinary collaboration in Living Labs;
  • by the link with initiatives from the government, the business community, education, and science (including the Delta Programme, Human Capital Agenda Water, the Dutch National Research Agenda, the Centre of Expertise Delta Technology, and the Delta Technology Knowledge and Innovation Agenda of the Dutch water sector).

The work field itself is closely involved in the design and content of the Master’s programme, including via participation in the Living Labs. The format of the Master’s programme (1 lecture day and 4 project days each week) provides prospective employees with optimum preparation for positions such as consultants, project leaders, environmental managers, directors, regional managers, and policy staff members.

Tuition fees

EEA Students€2,143 per year

Non-EEA Students: €12,000 total

Fees are established by the Dutch Government and are therefore subject to change. 

Scholarships & funding

There are several options for acquiring scholarships and grants that cover some or all of the costs of a study programme at Van Hall Larenstein. In general, candidates should bear in mind that official procedures require several months. It is therefore advisable to make a request for a scholarship as early as possible.

For a general list of sponsoring agents specifically targeting Dutch programmes a web-tool has been developed by Nuffic (the grantfinder).

Master and Certificate Programmes

Our Master and Certificate programmes are eligible for an NFP scholarship. For more information, please go to our website or complete a request form.


All study programmes of VHL University of Applied Sciences are accredited by the NVAO, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

The River Delta Development Master’s programme is approved by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). After successfully completing the degree programme, you will receive a Master of Science (MSc) diploma.

The English-taught Master’s programme River Delta Development is a unique joint degree offered by three universities of applied sciences with complementing expertise in the field of water: HZ University of Applied Sciences (coastal regions), Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences (river systems), and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (urban water).


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