FLOODRisk - The Erasmus Mundus Programme in Flood Risk Management

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The unique 2-year FLOODRisk master programme integrates science, engineering and socioeconomic topics through a range of courses taught by leading experts at four European universities: Technical University of Dresden (Germany), UNESCO-IHE (Netherlands), Technical University of Catalonia (Spain) and University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). Successful students graduate with MSc degrees from TU Dresden, UNESCO-IHE and the Technical University of Catalonia.


Integrated flood risk management aims to reduce the human and socio-economic losses caused by flooding while taking into account the social, economic and ecological benefits from floods and the use of flood plains or coastal zones. The need for the adoption of a holistic integrated approach to managing flood risks has been reflected in the Flood Directive of the European Parliament. Existing masters programmes on floods offered in the European Union cover many technical aspects but lack integration. This programme follows the holistic approach and is explicitly designed to cover a wide range of topics - from drivers and natural processes to models, decisions and socio-economic consequences and institutional environment and is therefore an important advance in water education for Europe.

Semester 1 - TU Dresden, Germany

The programme starts with the first semester at TUD, where students take either non-engineering or engineering subjects to complement their background and build a solid foundation for everyone. A fieldtrip to flood-prone areas is organised.

Semester 2 - UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands

At UNESCO-IHE the students join IHE's Hydroinformatics programme, focussing on different types of modelling. On real case studies students learn how to apply and integrate various types of modelling and decision support systems. An international fieldtrip is offered as well.

Semester 3 - UPC, Spain and University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

During the third semester the students take more specialised modules, such as Debris Flow and Coastal Flooding (including fieldtrips). The last part of the third semester is conducted at University of Ljubljana where the students study spatial planning and socio-economic and institutional frameworks for flood risk management.

Semester 4 - Research thesis

During the thesis phase the students, while remaining associated with one partner, may occasionally carry out the research together with an industrial partner (which may be an Associated Member or not).


The Erasmus Mundus Programme in Flood Risk Management has the following admission requirements:

A. Proof that the applicant has successfully accomplished a first degree of higher education equivalent to a B.Sc. degree (equivalent to 180 credit points according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)) with a good final mark in civil or environmental engineering, geosciences, environmental sciences, geography, natural resources management, limnology, oceanography, geology or other similar subjects.

B. Applicants must hold a qualification in one of the internationally-recognised English language Tests (see below). Applicants must provide hard evidence of having an acceptable score in one of these tests by supplying a copy of an official certificate issued by the examining board.

IELTS IELTS: 6.0 and above TOEFL TOEFL paper based: 550 and above TOEFL computer based test: 213 and above TOEFL internet based: 79 and above The Institutional TOEFL-code number of UNESCO-IHE is: 8949 Cambridge ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate of Proficiency in English CPE: Pass Certificate of Advanced English CAE: Pass First Certificate in English FCE: A Certificate of English Language Skills CELS: Higher level Business English Certificate BEC: Higher level TELC (The European Language Certificates) telc English C1: Pass Michigan (Cambridge Michigan) Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English ECPE: low Pass, Pass, Honors FURTHER QUALIFICATIONS ACCEPTED Pitman ESOL: City & Guilds Pitman ESOL Advanced, Pass City & Guilds Pitman ESOL Higher Intermediate, First Class Pass Some ESOL qualifications administered by the following institutions: UCLES (University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate) UODLE (Oxford University) British Council ARELS (Association of Recognised English Language Services) ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe) No English test is required for Native speakers of English UNESCO-IHE does not require a language certificate from native English speakers coming from: Australia, Botswana, Canada, Cameroon (English-speaking region), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda (English-speaking region), South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


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Tuition fee: €9500 per year / €19000 total for 2-year programme.
Cost of study material, fieldtrip, etc.: €1550.
Insurance: €40 per month / €960 total (if you are from Europe you may already have your own insurance which is valid in all partner countries).
Residence permit (if applicable): €311 (not applicable for Schengen countries).
Discount on tuition fee: €4000 per year / €8000 total for 2-year programme.
Payable to UNESCO-IHE (total for 2-year programme) : €13821.

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