Water Resources Management, Short Course

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 3 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #176 ,
Students attending as single-course students can join a selected number of courses in the DTU engineering programme. Students study alongside our regular DTU students and classes are held in the daytime. In order for you to be enrolled, you have to pay a participation fee and there has to be a vacant seat.


General course objectives:
This course will provide you with knowledge and tools to
1. Identify the key elements of a river basin water resources system: Resources (rivers, lakes, aquifers), water users (irrigation agriculture, industry, domestic), institutions (governments, cooperatives, water rights).
2. Model water resources and water users in the river basin. Quantitatively determine the spatially and temporally variable water availability and the water demand by various users.
3. Design policy scenarios for water resources management and allocation and evaluate the scenario results with respect to environmental sustainability, economic efficiency and social equity.
Learning objectives:
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
  • Independently access and use various global water resources databases
  • Visualize and analyse the spatio-temporal dynamics of a water resources system using GIS tools
  • Set up a water balance model for a river basin and its components
  • Estimate water demand functions and production functions of various water users
  • Determine the economically efficient water allocation among the water users in the basin
  • Determine and interpret the net present value of a water project
  • Analyze the impact of institutional choices on water resources management
  • Analyze the problems of internationally shared river basins and aquifer systems
  • Develop water resources policy scenarios
  • Evaluate water resources policies in a multi-criteria framework, taking into account environmental sustainability, economic efficiency and social equity
  • Document and present a water resources systems analysis in report format

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 3 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    5 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


Key content:

  • World water problems and IWRM
  • Water resources systems
  • River basin planning models
  • Human appropriation of water resources
  • Environmental water requirements
  • European water framework directive
  • Water resources economics
  • Institutional arrangement and legal framework
  • Transboundary water resources systems
  • Optimization and decision support
Scope and form:
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Project work
Type of assessment:
  • Evaluation of exercises/reports
  • Individual project reports; Multiple-choice tests


  • Peter Bauer-Gottwein , Building 115, room 154, Ph. (+45) 4525 2171 , pbau@env.dtu.dk
  • Philip John Binning , Building 115, room 151, Ph. (+45) 4525 2161 , pjbi@env.dtu.dk
  • Ty P.A. Ferre, University of Arizona and Århus University , tyferre@gmail.com

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

Anyone who has obtained the general entry qualifications required by DTU can apply for courses within Open University/single-course.

These courses are only open to Open University/single-course students if there are vacant seats on the course after the deadline of application. Furthermore, Open University/single-course students may only enrol in courses taught under Open University.

Recommended prerequisites:

  • Introductory hydrology: precipitation, evapotranspiration, groundwater flow, surface water flow, reactive transport.
  • Basic knowledge in mathematical modelling. Basic knowledge of environmental and engineering economics. Proficiency in MS Office tools (Word, Excel, Power Point) and MATLAB

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 503 International
  • Free EU/EEA
Tuition fee for non EU/EEA citizens: DKK 750 per ECTS-point


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