The Bachelor of Land and Water Management (BSc) from Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences revolves around the use and management of our land and water resources. Being a delta, The Netherlands has a long lasting reputation with respect to land and water management.
Over the centuries the Dutch have developed extensive expertise in designing and implementing flood defense systems and in managing the fluvial landscape. Delta areas have major economic potential and appeal because of their strategic location close to seas and waterways. The soil is fertile and rich in minerals and resources like sand, clay and biomass. These regions are densely populated and the number of inhabitants continues to grow. But with rising sea levels, more extreme rainfall events, increase of river discharges, land subsidence and groundwater depletion, these areas are also increasingly vulnerable. The search for solutions that guarantee both safety and quality of life in delta regions is urgent and complex. The challenges can’t simply be countered by building higher embankments. How can we balance flood control and safety with ecology and biodiversity? How can we reduce drawdown of the groundwater table during dry spells while maintaining water quality? And how can we guarantee reliable supplies of fresh water for food production and for domestic and industrial use?
The Bachelor of Land and Water Management (BSc) from Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences is offered in English as a Fast Track, lasting three years. Within this Bachelor, you can choose to specialise in the following professional fields:
•Sustainable Regional Development
The language of instruction in the Bachelor of Land and Water Management (BSc) and its professional fields is English at our campus in Velp.
With a Bachelor’s degree in Land and Water Management (BSc), you will have the world at your feet! As a graduate from the Land and Water Management programme, you will have the world at your feet, working in a profession that never loses its fascination. There is no shortage of job opportunities at public bodies, research institutes, (international) consultancy firms and contractors. You can enter into a career as advisor, project leader, researcher, manager or planner in the fields of hydrology, civil engineering and land-use planning.
As a specialist in civil engineering, you will have a range of possible career options to choose from: project leader, operational manager, planner, technical designer, advisor and more! You can work at engineering agencies such as Oranjewoud, Tauw, Arcadis, Grontmij, for private contractors or at public authorities. The opportunities are vast!
Sustainable Regional Development
Consultancies, design agencies, engineering agencies, water management bodies and authorities are welcoming specialists in sustainable regional development with open arms! You can for instance work as a designer, developing design plans for rural as well as urban areas. You could also work as an advisor or policy advisor, advising authorities on water management, landscape development, urbanisation and rural development. If you work as a project leader, you can put your organisational, managerial and social skills to good use. With these skills and your knowledge, you will be able to contribute to a more sustainable use of outdoor areas and create enough room for living, working, recreation and nature.
The land and water management sector is in need of hydrology experts who do not shy away from difficult calculations, are crafty with computer simulations and computer modelling, and dare to delve into the realm of programming. As you can tell, the land and water management sector is waiting for your expertise! You are the specialist who can analyse the ground water stream models for a city like Rotterdam and its surroundings and calculate how quickly ground water salinises due to rising sea levels. You could, for instance, also consult on how big the main sewage drain needs to be in a new residential area, or analyse how rain water absorbs certain types of soil pollution and represents a danger to our drinking water. All these and other exciting issues are waiting for you to start solving them!