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Integration of all aspects of flood risk is the cornerstone of the FLOODRisk master. The first semester (in Germany) offers a basic grounding to all students. This is followed by a semester at IHE Delft introducing the hydroinformatics and modelling components and a semester in Spain and Slovenia following more specialised modules. The final semester is given over to a research thesis.

Semester 1: TU Dresden, Germany

Year 1 September - February

Name of course (ECTS)

1 Fieldtrip

GIS and statistics (preparatory course)

3 Flood Risk Management I (5)

4 Flood Risk Management II (5)

Meteorology and Hydrology (5)

Geodesy (5)

Ecology (E) / Hydraulic Engineering (NE) (5)

8 Hydrochemistry (E) / Hydromechanics (NE) (5)

Total ECTS 30

Note: Students take different courses depending on whether they have an engineering (E) or non-engineering (NE) background.

Semester 2: IHE Delft
The Netherlands


Year 1 March - July

Name of course (ECTS)

Data-driven modelling and real-time control (5)

River basin modelling (5)

River flood modelling (5)

International fieldtrip to Florida Everglades (5)

Flood Risk Management III (5)

6 Decision Support Systems in the Water Domain (5)


Total ECTS 30

Note:In Semester 2 courses are given in 3-week modules, with an examination week after each second module.

Semester 3a: Technical University of Catalonia, Spain

Year 2 September - November

Name of course (ECTS)

1 Implication of Global warming on Floods and Droughts (3)

2 Coastal flooding: impacts, conflicts and risks (3)

3 Debris Flow and Flash Flood: Risk, Hazard, Vulnerability and Resilience concepts (5)

4 Radar rainfall forecast, early warning systems (4)

5 Fluvial morphodynamics (5)

Total ECTS 20

Semester 3b: University of Ljubljana


Year 2 December - February

Name of course (ECTS)

Spatial planning for flood risk management (5)

Socio-economic and institutional framework for flood risk      management (5)

Total ECTS 10

Semester 4: Thesis project
(example topics given from 2015)

Year 2 March - August

Name of course (ECTS)

1 Designing a flood-resilient city to deal with extreme rainfall (IHE Delft and Municipality of Dordrecht)

2 ANN Models in the Predictive Control of Reservoir Systems (IHE Delft and Deltares)

3 Analyses of trends and changing patterns of global precipitation based on chosen public domain data sets

(TU Dresden)

4 Flood risk assessment and modelling uncertainty relations using data-driven models

(TU of Catalonia and TNC Colombia)

5 Flood impacts on property values and proposal of measures to enhance flood safety

(University of Ljubljana)

6 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)

Total ECTS 30 

Note: Students undertake a research project in association with one of the four universities and possibly external partners

Learning objectives

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.

The acquired competencies (application of knowledge) include the ability to:

  • analyse the reciprocal relationships between the physical system, the institutional framework and the socio-economic environment, identifying future social and climatic pressures and needs and the consequent trends in system management;

  • apply specific practical skills, such as identifying the major 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 using the best tools to support decision making for the sustainable management of floods;

  • review scientific literature and carry out independent research (such as writing a state of the art paper based on research and practice literature);

  • apply sophisticated hydroinformatics and modelling tools and best practices to address the problems of flood risk management;

  • occupy an independent and responsible position as a flood risk professional;

  • communicate his/her knowledge and research results to the scientific and non-scientific communities (such as presenting papers/posters to scientific congresses, general lectures to policy makers and interested non-specialists);

  • acquire independently further knowledge and techniques, and

  • operate in a team.

Programme Handbook

Please find the Programme Handbook here.

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