Education format and location
The River Delta Development Master’s programme is a full-time English-taught Master’s programme. The education location of the programme varies. During the first half year (30 EC), you will study at HZ in Middelburg, the second half year will be spent at Van Hall Larenstein in Velp, and the third half year will be completed at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. A week of instruction consists of a lecture day at the relevant education location and four project days at one of the Living Labs. Depending on your preference, the location of the Living Labs may vary. You can spend up to one semester conducting research in a Living Lab abroad.
If desired, the universities of applied sciences will assist you in arranging on-site housing. This may be done by providing the housing itself or by helping you get in touch with parties that can provide housing.
How can I find a room in Middelburg?
APV will be able to help you. Accommodation varies from rooms in student houses to studio apartments and apartments ranging in size from small to large, furnished or unfurnished, single units (where you live by yourself) or apartments that you share with others. Room prices range from €220 to €600 (for a house). Most rooms are located in the city centre or near the city centre. Please let APV know you’ve enrolled for the master’s programme River Delta Development.
How can I find a room in Rotterdam?
Try to arrange your search as soon as your application has been accepted. Prices vary, starting at around €300 per calendar month. Depending on size, location, housing preferences, etc. this may vary significantly. Rotterdam is surrounded by several smaller towns and cities which can offer an excellent alternative, all of which are well connected by public transport to the university. Check the housing website of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences for all possibilities for (international) students, such as short stay accommodation (SSH) and alternate options for housing.
How can I find a room in Velp?
Van Hall Larenstein has made agreements with a number of local lessors about furnished rooms in student houses in Velp and Arnhem. With this arrangement, you will have your own room and share the bathroom, kitchen and washing machine with other (international) students. These furnished rooms cost €380 - €450 a month. Do you wish to use this facility? Then send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate that you have registered for the River Delta Development master.
Would you prefer to search a room yourself? Then take a look at the Study in Arnhem website.
- Dutch and European (EEA) students pay the statutory tuition fee for participation in the River Delta Development Master’s programme.
- Non-EEA students or students who have completed a Master’s programme in the Netherlands pay the institutional tuition fee.
- The fee is for one academic year. The Master programme takes 1.5 years.
Read more about the fees and finances here.
There are no extra costs related to books/readers. We do organise excursions, and you may wish to purchase additional class materials or participate in extra-curricular events. These costs usually amount to roughly €200,- in total.
Your own laptop
The Universities of Applied Sciences have study spaces available, but not all of them are equipped with computers. We recommend and encourage you to bring your own laptop/mobile device. The River Delta Development department recommends you to purchase a laptop if you do not yet have one. Please contact your lecturer for advice if you are considering purchasing a laptop.
Study grants, loans & finances
If you qualify for standard student funding (loans, supplementary grants, and/or student travel passes), you can request these from DUO.
If you are no longer eligible for student funding, then you can still utilise the Lifelong Learning Credit to borrow money to pay the tuition fee, under the following conditions. You can request the Lifelong Learning Credit for the duration of the degree programme in which you are participating.
Are you paying the statutory tuition fee for your degree programme? If so, that is the amount that you can borrow each year. Are you paying the institutional tuition fee? If so, then you can borrow the amount of the statutory tuition fee up to five times per year. In the latter case, you have to provide a statement from the educational institution along with your request for the Lifelong Learning Credit, which indicates the amount of the institutional tuition fee.
The Lifelong Learning Credit can be requested from DUO. More information can be found on this government site. Once you study at HZ and you need a tuition fee/course fee statement, you can download or print this statement yourself in Osiris.
Admission and registration
In order to qualify for participation in the Master’s programme River Delta Development, applicants should have a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognised university (of applied sciences) or accredited academic institution in a discipline related to that of the master’s programme (certified copy of a diploma together with the official transcript of academic records).
Students with the following (Dutch) Bachelor’s degrees are welcome anyway:
- Water Management CROHO 34074
- Water Management CROHO 34332
- Delta Management CROHO 39278
- Civil Engineering CROHO 34279
- Urban and Regional Planning CROHO 34282
- Spatial Development CROHO 30038
- International Development Management CROHO 34203
- Coastal and Marine Management CROHO 39204
- Land and Water Management CROHO 34226
- Management of the Living Environment CROHO 34859
It is also important that you have a good command of the English language. Read more about the admission requirements.
Admission and registration
The River Delta Development Master’s programme is a joint degree offered by three universities of applied sciences.
A letter of motivation and an intake interview with the admission committee are also part of the selection procedure. The HZ student office will inform you about this. If your letter of motivation and intake interview are both positively assessed, you will be sent confirmation of your admission. You can use this to request any grants you will need.
Read all about our application procedure and apply.
Letter of motivation and intake interview
We select students based on several criteria. These should be addressed in your (English) letter of motivation of ± 750 words:
- your interest in and knowledge of river deltas and your goals for the master’s programme;
- your capacity for self-reflection on your current knowledge and skills;
- your capacity for becoming a facilitator of change - demonstrate your willingness to apply change, innovation and creativity in complex processes.
The intake interview will be about the goals you have set yourself based on your background, and your interest in and knowledge of river deltas. Also we expect you to give an elevator pitch about a river delta case. The intake interview will be in English, so we can assess your proficiency in English.
Like to stay informed of the latest developments? Please provide your contact information at info.hz.nl. If you have any questions at this time, please e-mail one of the members of the management team: Marco Lengton - HZ University of Applied Sciences, Jan Fliervoet - Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences or Annebeth Loois – HR University of Applied Sciences. Want to talk to an advisor? Please fill in the contact form at info.hz.nl and we will get in touch with you.