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Water Innovation Award 2015

Lund University

About Lund University

Founded in 1666, Lund University has been ranked among the world’s top 100 universities and ranked nr 60 in QS 2014. The University has 47 700 students and 7 500 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund is Sweden’s most attractive study destination. The University offers one of the broadest ranges of programmes and courses in Scandinavia, based on cross-disciplinary and cutting-edge research. The compact university campus encourages networking and creates the conditions for scientific breakthroughs and innovations. The University has a clear international profile, with partner universities in over 50 countries.

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Top 5 Reasons to Study at Lund University

  1. Lund University is the #1 choice for international students studying in Sweden.
  2. Lund University is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities and is Sweden’s top-ranked, full-scale university.
  3. The University was founded in 1666 and is one of the oldest and broadest universities in northern Europe.
  4. Lund is home to 30 world-leading research and innovation environments and the University is a member of international research-intensive university networks LERU and U21.
  5. Lund has a truly unique student life with a combination of traditional student nations (social clubs), an academic society, and student unions organising events and activities all year round.

Master’s Programme in Water Resources Engineering

  • Master of Science in Water Resources Engineering
  • 2 years, full time, 120 ECTS credits
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Lund campus

Programme overview

Having access to clean water is the corner stone for improving healthcare, increasing food supply, reducing child mortality rates, and enhancing people’s overall quality of life. It has become crucial to develop technologies that can tackle water security challenges and meet the increasing demand. By applying integrated water resources management, surface water and groundwater can be used to cover this demand in a sustainable and eco-friendly way. These are the issues we explore with our students, as well as many other challenges such as wastewater treatment, storm water management, coastal hydraulics, and modelling of hydrological processes. The programme is broad and covers the most important aspects of water resources engineering.

Many of the courses included in the programme contain practical elements, which allow our students to deepen their understanding of the more theoretical components and to develop both professional and academic skills. Our strong links to industry and scientific cooperation projects ensure that our courses maintain a high level of relevance to current issues and developments.

Special features of the programme

  • An opportunity to specialise in fields where we have world-leading expertise, such as water and waste- water treatment, coastal hydraulics and modelling of hydrological processes.
  • Accessible and engaged teachers who will give you thorough feedback and help you progress throughout your studies.
  • Strong industry links and opportunities to work closely with local and international organisations.
  • A multinational, innovative and interactive learning environment.

Career prospects

The need for clean water and sanitation is a global concern affecting large, densely populated cities and smaller communities in industrialised and developing regions alike. This Master’s programme will prepare you for a rewarding and challenging career within an essential profession. Most of our graduates play important roles in the water sector all over the world, and their educational experience in Lund has assisted them in becoming outstanding professionals. The skills they have acquired during the programme are sought after by organisations in a wide variety of industries, from large multinational corporations and non-profit organisations, to regional and national government bodies. Many go on to become Hydrologists, Process Engineers, Hydrogeologists, Consultants and Water Resource Managers. Others pursue an academic career within prestigious universities.

Admission requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering or equivalent, including courses in geology, mathematics/calculus and hydraulics/fluid mechanics. English 6/English Course B. See University Admissions for more information on English language requirements.


Student portrait

Now that I have completed my academic journey and become a university lecturer, I think back at all the memories from the student city of Lund and that I owe a lot to the international Master’s Programme in Water Resources Engineering at Lund University. I am also grateful to the Swedish Institute for granting me the scholarship to attend this programme.

I went to Lund in the autumn of 2004, right after I graduated from my university in Vietnam, to attend the Master’s Programme in Water Resources Engineering at Lund University. The courses in the programme were designed perfectly and covered almost all the water-related aspects, ranging from hydrological processes to hydrodynamics of surface water and groundwater, as well as the treatment of urban wastewater and drinking water. In addition, most of the courses had either field trips to a manufacturing factory, such as wastewater and drinking water plants, or we carried out some laboratory experiments. This made it easier to understand the theories from textbooks.

After graduating in January 2006, I travelled to Tohoku University in Japan to pursue my doctoral studies. I successfully obtained the Ph.D. degree in October 2009 and immediately after that, I got a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship from the Japan Society for Promotion of Science, which is a highly reputed scholarship programme in Japan.

I am so proud to be an alumnus of the Master’s Programme in Water Resources at Lund University. I strongly recommend those who want to study water-related topics to join this programme to improve their future career.

Nguyen Xuan Tinh