International Land and Water Management (BIL) / BSc


Sound international land and water management is an essential element in addressing the world’s major human challenges, such as poverty alleviation, achieving food security, and in preventing or mitigating conflicts, natural hazards and disasters, that are related to land and water resources. The objective of the bachelor International Land and Water Management is to facilitate its students to achieve the competences related to the domain land and water management and which are needed to start a related master programme or to start a - often a traineeship - job in the domain. A graduate from the programme who successfully finished the minor Education, can apply for a job as - second degree - geography teacher at secondary school level.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this BSc programme graduates are expected to be able to:
- formulate a problem definition, research objective, and research questions, resulting in an adequate research design, in the domain of international land and water management (research design under supervision);
- apply appropriate methods and techniques to collect, analyse and interpret data from literature and empirical research in the domain of international land and water management (carry out a research or design project under supervision);
- apply scientific knowledge, individually and in teams, together with relevant stakeholders of different backgrounds and nationalities, for designing land and water management alternatives at a technical, organisational and / or institutional level;
- communicate their findings in a clear and concise manner, both in writing and verbally, geared toward various audiences.
Learning outcomes specific for the domain of international land and water management:
After successful completion of the BSc programme graduates are expected to be able to:
- combine basic knowledge of social and biophysical sciences with knowledge of project and design processes and use this combination to address issues regarding international land and water management;
- understand and apply the aspects of agro-ecological systems and its interlinked components, including soil, water, plants and derived products; and land and water related technical infrastructures to manage these natural resources;
- understand the social-economic, legal, institutional and political contexts of land and water management;
- distinguish the various stakeholders and analyse their interests and influence in land and water contexts;
- distinguish and analyse the human challenges in the world with regard to the use, distribution and management of land and water resources in the world, such as poverty alleviation, achieving food security, preventing or mitigating conflicts and natural hazards and disasters.
Learning outcomes with respect to reflective learning and personal development:
After successful completion of the BSc programme graduates are expected to be able to:
- to recognize and describe intra- and intercultural phenomena, place them in the context of frameworks for analyses, and to have developed or be developing coping mechanisms. several frameworks for analysing cross-cultural differences and apply these to presented intercultural incidents, to incidents the graduates have experienced, and to the cultural backgrounds of fellow students;
- have developed a problem oriented and interdisciplinary attitude;
- reflect critically on personal competences and also on problems, theories and research results in the domain of international land and water management;
- acknowledge the ethical and value-driven aspects of research and intervention strategies, and the various roles of the specialist in the domain;
- design and plan their own learning path and define their own roles in relation to the world’s major human challenges.

Programme Director

Ir. B. Bruins
Phone: 0317-(4)83706

Study Adviser(s)

- Ir. K.S. Breedveld
Phone: 0317-(4)84117
- D. Stoltenborg, MSc
Phone: 0031-(0)624918932

Programme Committee

Chair: Dr. ir. K. Metselaar
Secretary: Dr. ir. G.J.A. Veldwisch


Study Association


Unconditional Admission to the MSc

MCL Climate Studies;
MDR Development and Rural Innovation;
MGI Geo-information Science;
MIL International Land and Water Management.