Study track

Aquatic Ecotechnology

This study track is a part of

Water Management

Aquatic Ecotechnology

You analyze the fresh and salt water issues in depth and suggest solutions to solve them from technical and other perspectives. You focus on water quantity and quality, water recycling, biology, and restoration of biodiversity to improve ecosystem services. You work with environmental chemistry and learn how to purify water for different purposes. You come up with nature friendly solutions for traditional flood defence and look how people can adjust to changing climate patterns.

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This is Aquatic Ecotechnology

Year 1

During the first six months, you follow lectures with all Water Management students at the same time. You learn about water challenges such as climate change and sustainable development. You will also become acquainted with all three study tracks, so that after the first semester you can choose which track suits you best. If you choose Aquatic Ecotechnology in the second semester, you will take courses that belong to this track.

Year 2
  • First quarter
    You work with environmental chemistry: a branch of chemistry focused on the chemical aspects of the world around us. Important: this mainly concerns substances which have entered the environment as a result of human activities. For example, you analyse a lake within which blue-green algae is growing. Fish die as a result of blue-green algae. The water system is disrupted and can subsequently go smelly and sometimes even toxic. This is becoming increasingly more common as a result of climate and temperature changes. You are able to further develop your knowledge if you have already studied chemistry in your previous education.
  • Second quarter
    You spend the second quarter looking at how people are adjusting to changes in the environment, for example as a result of increased rainfall and the water levels rising in rivers. Think of Louisiana for example: an area which is hit by a hurricane on average once every three years. The residents must protect their homes, know their evacuation routes and be able to build up their living environments again, as soon as they’re allowed back to their own living environment.
  • Third quarter
    Building with nature will be the central focus point during the third quarter. Traditional solutions, such as concrete flood defences, are often less environmentally friendly. Ecological solutions are therefore now becoming increasingly more important. We are keeping our feet dry, the solution is often more beautiful and nature is central. You learn to calculate whether this solution will still be resistant enough in 100 years’ time. This is done with the use of computer models.
  • Fourth quarter
    You become acquainted with water technology in the last quarter: purifying water for different applications for people and animals, industry and nature. Where can you obtain sufficient fresh water and how can you safeguard the water quality? You learn how to remove and purify wastewater.
Year 3

You follow a six month minor during the third year of the programme. A minor will deepen or broaden your knowledge and skills. You can complete the minor with the research groups from water courses at the HZ, at another HZ programme or you can opt for another university either in the Netherlands or abroad. You will be doing a work experience placement during the second half of the year at an organization in your specific field. You can choose where you want to do this work experience. You could, for example, opt for a placement in the Caribbean in order to restore a coral area, or work on fish farming based on energy and nutrients supplied by nature in the Netherlands.

Year 4

In the fourth year, everything you have learnt so far comes together. In the first semester you participate in the Coastal Challenge. Together with students from the Civil Engineering programme and from the three study tracks of Water Management, you will work on a project for a ‘real’ client. You learn to work together in an interdisciplinary and international environment. In addition, you choose two more courses, such as aquaculture, water technology, urban water management or ecological risk assessment, combining theory, practical cases and lab or field work. A challenging and inspiring semester!

Graduation phase
You spend the last part of your study graduating at an organization of your choice either in the Netherlands or abroad. You can also graduate with one of the research groups. You will need to hand in a research project at the end of the fourth year, which demonstrates that you have the Bachelor level. This research can include, for example, which requirements water needs to satisfy in the town in order to avoid it being bad for the public’s health, or the development of a method which a nature organization can use to assess water, allowing it to implement a suitable fish policy.

Water Management

Will you safeguard our future?

Around the world water managers contend with droughts, floods, sea level rise, overfishing, pollution, plastic soup and many other risks to both our natural environment and our society. We need water managers to safeguard our future!

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Your future

After graduation

Bachelor's degree

Congratulations, you're graduated! From now on you may use the title ‘Bachelor of Science’.

Career prospects

With your Water Management diploma, you can work for a company, but can also enter the non-profit sector. The jobs depend on your specialization. You can work on all levels of governmental bodies, water boards, or research institutes, at consultancies, engineering firms and industries.

  • Water advisor
  • Assistent-researcher
  • Policy staff member
  • Expert or project coordinator

If you specialize further in water technology, you can work as a water engineer, analyst or wastewater treatment engineer.

Further studies

Do you want to continue studying after your Water Management bachelor degree? Then there are several options.

  • River Delta Development
    With your HZ bachelor degree, you have direct access to the River Delta Development master programme at HZ. When you choose to enrol in this programme, you can obtain your bachelor and master degree in 5.5 years.
  • Continue studying in the Netherlands
    If you choose to continue at another university in the Netherlands, a pre-master may be required.
  • Continue studying abroad
    If you decide to continue studying abroad, you can often immediately enrol in a master programme with your HZ bachelor degree.
"I hope to contribute to changes in the environment, which is strongly reflected in this master."
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