YWU-80812 BSc Thesis International Land and Water Management


Credits 12.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)ir. B Bruins
S van der Kooij
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. PJGJ Hellegers
prof. dr. CJ Ritsema

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Assumed knowledge on:

Students should have successfully completed at least 102 credits of the BIL program, including all BIL year 1 courses, Design in Land and Water Management 2 (WRM-21312) and Research Methodology for Human Environment Interactions (YRM-21306). In addition, it is recommended to have completed ENT-50303 Analysis and Prevention of Health Risks in the Tropics.
The BSc Internship is the second of a set of three courses that constitute the BIL completion trajectory. The first course in this set is YRM-21306, the second course is the BSc internship (YWU-70318), the third course is the BSc thesis (YWU-80812). The three courses are highly interwoven. The thesis and internship  are partly carried out simultaneously in an international land and water management context abroad and the thesis is written in Wageningen. The set of three courses is preceded by an intake with the BIL internship coordinator at either SLM or WRM.
YWU-70318 BSc Internship International Land and Water Management and YWU-80812 BSc Thesis International Land and Water Management must be followed simultaneously, either in periods 1, 2 and 3 or in periods 4, 5 and 6. The block ends with a month of joint writing sessions in Wageningen (depending on the choice of periods either in January or in June).


The BSc thesis YWU-80812 is a structured research project carried out under supervision. On the basis of the research proposal developed in YRM-21306 and using the data collected during fieldwork and in literature, students analyze these data and develop a solid and well-written thesis. Towards the end of the thesis, students will participate in sessions (in Wageningen) during which they regularly present progress on (elements or chapters of) their thesis and receive feedback from other students and from their thesis supervisors. After handing in the final version of the thesis, students give a final oral presentation of their thesis work.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- apply, integrate and develop their knowledge in a land and water management research issue;
- gather, analyze and interpret relevant data and use these to develop informed arguments;
- present the research and its results in a solid and well-written thesis (in English);
- present and defend the thesis clearly and fluently, with use of supportive media;
- give, receive and make use of constructive feedback of peers and supervisors;
- reflect critically on problems, theories and research results in the domain of international land and water management.


- progressive data analysis and writing of the thesis and hand-in the different parts;
- giving and receiving feedback on the thesis parts in the group sessions;
- give oral presentations of the thesis progress and outcomes.


Based on the quality of the thesis using the BIL-thesis evaluation forms.


Guidelines for the internship-thesis combination are available on:
Brightspace and the SLM & WRM websites

Compulsory for: BILInternational Land and Water ManagementBSc1,2,3,4,5,6