By | November 8, 2020

WaterNet 2021/22 Regional Master Programme – Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

WaterNet IWRM 2021/22 Regional Master Programme

WaterNet invites applications for admission to the 2021/22 regional Master Programme in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) to be hosted by seven universities in the Southern Africa region.


The programme comprises a compulsory core (consisting of 8 modules), a selected option (consisting of 4 modules), a groupwork project and a dissertation research project.

Entry Requirements

Participants are required to have at least a good first degree at Bachelor level (BA/BSc). The candidate should be able to show an orientation of
his/her field of study to water related issues.

Preference will be given to those with two or more years of relevant experience. The language of
instruction is English. Below are the preferred entry requirements for the various options.


Bachelor’s degree with a Hydrology or Environmental Science background or equivalent

Water Resources Management

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Agriculture, Science or equivalent

Water and Land

Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering, Geography, Physical Planning or equivalent

GIS and Earth Observation

Bachelor’s degree with a Hydrology or Engineering background or equivalent

Water and Environment

Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, Earth or Environmental Science or equivalent

Water Supply and Sanitation

Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or Environmental Science or equivalent

Water and Society

Bachelor’s degree in Social or Earth Science or equivalent

Start of Programme

The programme starts in February of each year at the two host institutions.

Financial Assistance

WaterNet offers a limited number of scholarships on a competitive basis to nationals of SADC countries, including Kenya and Uganda.

Achieving Sustainability

The Masters programme has been successfully rolled for the past 18 years with the generous support from the governments of the Netherlands and

The aim of Phase IV (2017-2021) is to consolidate the Master programme and make it more sustainable for the future by sourcing fellowships from the region through support from individual SADC governments.

SADC Water Ministers have indicated their commitment towards supporting fellowships for their government staff and nationals. Once this is institutionalised, the funding is secured for a longer term.

It is envisaged that the national governments will have a strong say in who gets awarded a fellowship, but WaterNet will continue to coordinate the IWRM programme.

How to Apply

Acall for applicants is circulated to all SADC member states, WaterNet member institutions and affiliated partners mailing lists. The call is also available on the WaterNet website.

Applications should reach the Secretariat by 30 November 2020. If you have not heard from the WaterNet Secretariate by 31 December 2020, consider your application unsuccessful.

For this intake (2021/22), a letter of support for those requiring financial assistance from the applicant’s Ministry of Water will be an additional advantage.

Submit the application in electronic form to or in hardcopy to:

PO Box MP600
Mt Pleasant

For any further information, please contact the WaterNet Secretariat
T: (+263-242) 333248 / 336725 / 2917028 – 30