Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)


In Köln



  • Kursart


  • Ort


  • Dauer

    2 Jahre

  • Beginn


  • Credits


Water resources, indispensable basis for development, food supply and health, become ever scarcer and more polluted. The concept of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) offers solutions to the water crisis in linking water to other vital resources. It regards the whole water cycle in connection with human interventions as the basis for sustainable water management. Worldwide, there is a high and growing demand for experts adequately trained in the concepts of IWRM. Next to the technical and managerial knowledge related to water resources, these experts should also be familiar with the practices of project funding and international cooperation.

Standorte und Zeitplan



Köln (Nordrhein-Westfalen, NRW)
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Hinweise zu diesem Kurs

The objective of the program is to form such experts and to promote the concept of IWRM. Participants are provided with appropriate knowledge and skills to analyze current problems related to the usage and management of water and related resources. The profile of the Master’s program is application-oriented. The aim is, besides providing the participants with an overview on the water sector in general, to educate experts in the field of Integrated Water Resources Management. This requires a diversification of their knowledge and leads to the capability of cross-linked thinking. The answer to complex environmental and water related problems requires economic and managerial competencies more than classical technical knowledge. The consolidation of different disciplines has not only a methodological dimension but a cultural and a human one, because interdisciplinary team work requires knowledge sharing and effective communication.

Target groups of the program are recently graduated professionals with working experience in public or private institutions, authorities and enterprises of the water sector. The applicants should be active in or dealing with water or natural resources management and have an interest in learning and working in an intercultural and multidisciplinary environment.

There is a set of minimum requirements that participants have to fulfill. These minimum requirements are: • Bachelor degree • Proof of proficiency in English language: TOEFL PBT 550 points (CBT: 213, IBT: 79 ), IELTS Band 6 • Relation to the water resources or natural resources management through previous studies (minimum 15 ECTS) • Applicants are required to explain their study motivation in one page and a research idea in two pages (in English) • No work experience is required

Application procedures: • International applicants have to apply via Uni-Assist ( Please apply according to the instructions on Uni-Assist. Application period: February 1st until March 31st • German applicants should submit their application documents to TH Köln ( Application period: May 5th until June 10th • DAAD-scholarship applicants should send their complete application as hard copy via post to ITT ( The deadline is the September 30th annually for the intake in the winter semester of the following year.

There are no tuition fees in Germany. A semester fee however, which includes administrative fees and a semester ticket for public transport in and around Cologne (within Nordrhein-Westfalen), has to be paid. Please refer to the following page for more on the semester fee:

The monthly living costs largely depend on your personal needs. On average, students in Cologne need approximately €700-800 monthly. Kindly refer to the following page for more:

Yes, the DAAD offers full scholarships for applicants from DAC-list countries. The deadline is the September 30th annually for the intake in the winter semester of the following year. Please be informed that scholarship applicants do not have to apply via Uni-Assist and that online applications are not possible. The complete application must be submitted as hard copies via post. There are additional requirements for the scholarship. Please visit our page ( You can also send us an email for more information to the following address:

Yes, you need an English proficiency proof of an internationally recognized test like e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Exam, CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). In case you are a citizen of a country with English as official language you should prove that the language of instruction at school and university was English.

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  • Management & leadership skills
  • Intercultural competence


Prof. Dr. Jackson Roehrig

Prof. Dr. Jackson Roehrig

Resources Management and Environmental System Science

Prof. Dr. Lars Ribbe

Prof. Dr. Lars Ribbe

Integrated Land&Water Resources Management in the Tropics & Subtropics

Prof. Dr. Michael Sturm

Prof. Dr. Michael Sturm

Water supply and Sewage Technology


Current global trends such as population and economic growth as well as climate change exert increasing pressure on water resources worldwide, which are the basis for food production, urban and industrial water supplies and hydropower. Experts are needed who understand that multiple problems of water resources management can only be addressed through a holistic approach considering both technical and socioeconomic problems of resources use. These experts should also have knowledge of the practices of project funding and international cooperation.

Some of the core modules covered in this master program include: Management of natural resources systems, International Cooperation and Development, Economics and governance. These are complimented by modules, such as: Watershed Management, Sanitation and Public Health, Flood Management and Water System Analysis.

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Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)