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Course description and modules


21 February 2016


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Diploma & MSc Courses Descriptions


The WEC MSc programme on IWRM is a fulltime 4 semester programme. Students are expected to work 30 hours per week, partly in self-study.

In the first semester, students will develop a basic knowledge through the introductory courses on the integrated water management which include Water issues in Yemen and the Arab Region, and Hydrogeology and Water Resources in Yemen, Urban water management, Water use in agriculture, Water Governance and Bisk skills.


In the second semester students develop skills to integrate these different disciplines. The courses in which this is done are Environmental Impact Assessment; Water Chain Management; Integrated Groundwater Management; Integrated Watershed Management, Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Advanced Research Methodologies and Writing. Those courses are more practice-oriented, and knowledge from the first semester will be used.


In the third semester students will work in groups on the diploma project, in which students work on real-time cases from the Water and Environment sector. In these projects students are challenged to collectively devise solutions and advices similar to what would be expected in a job in the (private) sector. The student receives a diploma after successful completion of the three semesters. If eligible the student could proceed for an MSc degree in the fourth semester.


In the fourth semester, students work on an individual thesis research, which reflects the academic status of the programme.



                           Module Title



First Semester (Introductory Courses)

1.1  Integrated Water Management



1.1.1.      Introduction to IWRM

1.1.2.      Water Issues in Yemen and the Arab Region

1.1.3.      Hydrogeology and Water Resources in Yemen

1.2  Urban Water Management



1.2.1.    Water Use in Urban and Rural Areas

1.2.2.     Sanitation and Wastewater Treatment

1.2.3.      IWRM Case Study

1.3  Water Use in Agriculture



1.3.1.     Water Use in Agriculture

1.3.2.     Water and Environment

1.4  Water Governance



1.4.1.      Water Rights and Policies

1.4.2.      Gender and Water

1.4.3.      Water Value and Economics

1.5  Basic Skills


1.5.1.      Report Writing

1.5.2.      Basic Computer Skills and Research Methodology

1.5.3.      GIS/RS

Second Semester (Comprehensive Integrating courses)

2.1 Integrated Watershed Management (compulsory)



2.1.1.      Introduction

2.1.2.      Hydrology and Water Balance of a Watershed

2.1.3.      Spate Irrigation within the Context of IWSM

2.1.4.      Management Options and Tools to Solve IWSM Issues

2.1.5.      Group Work Project

2.2 Integrated Water Chain Management (elective) **


2.2.1.      Introductory: Explanations of the Water Chain concept

2.2.2.      Review of conceptualisations of UWM from the past up to present

2.2.3.      Urban Water Management in Yemen region

2.2.4.      Possible integrated urban water management (IUWM) options in newly build areas

2.3 Integrated Groundwater Management (elective) **



2.3.1.      Introduction to IGWM

2.3.2.      Technical Aspects on Groundwater Management

2.3.3.      The Role of the Government in IGWM

2.3.4.      IGWM Aspects

2.3.5.      Sana’s Basin Case Study


2.4 Integrated Coastal Zone Management (elective) **





2.4.1.      General Introduction

2.4.2.      User Functions and Processes in Coastal Zones of Yemen

2.4.3.      The Need for an Integrated Approach in Coastal Zone

2.4.4.      Sustainable Development of Coastal Zones in Yemen


2.5 Environmental Impact Assessment (compulsory)





2.5.1.      Environmental Impact Assessment

2.5.2.      The EIA Process

2.5.3.      The Context of Environmental Analysis

2.5.4.      EIA Project Evaluation and Decision Making

2.5.5.      Post Project EIA Activities

2.5.6.      World Bank Project Classification

2.5.7.      Preparation of EIA Terms of References

Third Semester (Diploma Project)

3.1  Advanced Research Methodologies and Writing (compulsory)


2.6.1.      GIS

2.6.2.      Some Qualitative Analysis

2.6.3.      Proposal writing, writing thesis and scientific papers

3.2  Diploma Project



// Students will work in groups on real-time problems in the management of water and the environment. They will apply the knowledge obtained in the previous semesters to formulate and present a comprehensive integrated solution and advice to a sector problem.

After successfully completing the third semester, successful students will receive a postgraduate diploma with a total of 45 credits.

Fourth Semester

4.1  MSc Thesis


// For students wanting to complete their studies with an MSc degree, a 6 months thesis research can carried out at WEC. Required is an approval from the WEC based on the students’ performance in the courses and the diploma project.

Total Credits


** Students are required to choose at least one optional course during the second semester.