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Master in River Delta Development

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 3 semesters
Cost € 2143/year

The English-taught master River Delta Development is a unique joint degree offered by three universities of applied sciences with complementing expertise in the field of water.

The three universities of applied sciences are: HZ University of Applied Sciences (coastal regions), Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences (river systems), and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (urban water).

River Delta Development: facilitators of change

The master River Delta Development 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 challenge is to decrease the vulnerability of river deltas while simultaneously increasing the opportunities for healthy economic and ecological development. In the master 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. The central theme of the River Delta Development master programme is: The transition of deltas: from large-scale management to sustainable adaptation.

The Dutch delta as an example

The universities of applied sciences of HZ, Van Hall Larenstein, and Rotterdam have been collaborating at the Centre of Expertise Delta Technology for several years and are combining their complementing expertise in the fields of coastal regions, river systems, and urban water to create the River Delta Development master. This will provide you with insight into how the different component systems operate, how they relate to each other, and how the delta functions as a cohesive system. By focusing (and working, if you choose) on the international context, you will learn how to apply this knowledge in deltas around the world.

Structural components
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Grant opportunities

If you qualify for standard student funding (loans, supplementary grants, and/or student travel passes), you can request these from DUO.

If you are no longer eligible for student funding, then you can still utilise the Lifelong Learning Credit to borrow money to pay the tuition fee, under the following conditions. You can request the Lifelong Learning Credit for the duration of the degree programme in which you are participating.

Are you paying the statutory tuition fee for your degree programme? If so, that is the amount that you can borrow each year. Are you paying the institutional tuition fee? If so, then you can borrow the amount of the statutory tuition fee up to five times per year. In the latter case, you have to provide a statement from the educational institution along with your request for the Lifelong Learning Credit, which indicates the amount of the institutional tuition fee.

The Lifelong Learning Credit can be requested from DUO. More information can be found on this government site. You can request that the tuition fee/course fee statement (the statement that you need if you have to pay the institutional tuition fee) be filled in and signed by the HZ student office by e-mailing


In order to qualify for participation in the Master’s programme River Delta Development, applicants 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 (certified copy of a diploma together with the official transcript of academic records).

Students with the following (Dutch) Bachelor’s degrees are welcome anyway:

  • Watermanagement CROHO 34074 - Water Management
  • Aquatische Ecotechnologie CROHO 34332 - Water Management
  • Delta Management CROHO 39278 - Delta Management
  • Civiele Techniek CROHO 34279 - Civil Engineering
  • Ruimtelijke Ordening en Planologie CROHO 34282 - Urban and Regional Planning
  • Ruimtelijke Ontwikkeling CROHO 30038 - Spatial Development
  • International Development Management CROHO 34203 
  • Kust en Zeemanagement CROHO 39204 - Coastal and Marine Management
  • Land en Watermanagement CROHO 34226 - Management of the Living Environment
  • Management van de Leefomgeving CROHO 34859

It is also important that you have a good command of the English language

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

ISCED Categories

Project management
Conservation and environmental management
Environmental protection technology