Integration of all aspects of flood risk is the cornerstone of the FLOODRisk master. The first semester (in Germany) offers a basic grounding to all students. This is followed by a semester at IHE Delft introducing the hydroinformatics and modelling components and a semester in Spain and Slovenia following more specialised modules. The final semester is given over to a research thesis.

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Course schedule

Semester 1: Technical University of Dresden, Germany

Year 1 September - February
# Name of course ECTS
1 Fieldtrip -
2 GIS and statistics (preparatory course) -
3 Flood Risk Management I 5
4 Flood Risk Management II 5
5 Meteorology and Hydrology 5
6 Geodesy 5
7 Ecology (E) / Hydraulic Engineering (NE) 5
8 Hydrochemistry (E) / Hydromechanics (NE) 5
Total 30
Note Students take different courses depending on whether they have an engineering (E) or non-engineering (NE) background.

Semester 2: IHE Delft, Netherlands

Year 1 March - July
# Name of course ECTS
1 Data-driven modelling and real-time control 5
2 River basin modelling 5
3 River flood modelling 5
4 International fieldtrip to Florida Everglades 5
5 Flood Risk Management III 5
6 Hydroinformatics for decision support 5
Total 30
Note In Semester 2 courses are given in 3-week modules, with an examination week after each second module.

Semester 3a: Technical University of Catalonia, Spain

Year 2 September - November
# Name of course ECTS
1 Implication of Global warming on Floods and Droughts 3
2 Coastal flooding: impacts, conflicts and risks 3
3 Debris Flow and Flash Flood: Risk, Hazard, Vulnerability and Resilience concepts 5
4 Radar rainfall forecast, early warning systems 4
5 Fluvial morphodynamics 5
Total 20

Semester 3b: University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Year 2 December - February
# Name of course ECTS
1 Spatial planning for flood risk management 5
2 Socio-economic and institutional framework for flood risk management 5
Total 10

Semester 4: Thesis project (example topics given from 2015)

Year 2 March - August
# Example topics Partner
1 Designing a flood-resilient city to deal with extreme rainfall IHE Delft and Municipality of Dordrecht
2 ANN Models in the Predictive Control of Reservoir Systems IHE Delft and Deltares
3 Analyses of trends and changing patterns of global precipitation based on chosen public domain data sets TU Dresden
4 Flood risk assessment and modelling uncertainty relations using data-driven models TU of Catalonia and TNC Colombia
5 Flood impacts on property values and proposal of measures to enhance flood safety University of Ljubljana
6 From vision to reality: making cities flood resilient by implementing green infrastructure strategies (the case of the City of Hoboken, New Jersey) IHE Delft and Royal Haskoning DHV
Total ECTS 30
Note Students undertake a research project in association with one of the four universities and possibly external partners

Learning objectives

The learning objectives (acquisition of knowledge) for the students include:

  • a broad and cross-boundary scientific knowledge on flood risk management;
  • a comprehensive knowledge base and understanding of the current theory and practice relating to flooding and flood management;
  • the fundamental knowledge leading to the understanding of socio-economic issue related to flooding;
  • a broad scientific knowledge about conservation, restoration and management measures to overcome challenges imposed on water by humans and by climate change, and;
  • an extended knowledge on a basin-wide approach to flood risk management.

The acquired competencies (application of knowledge) include the ability to:

  • analyse the reciprocal relationships between the physical system, the institutional framework and the socio-economic environment, identifying future social and climatic pressures and needs and the consequent trends in system management;
  • apply specific practical skills, such as identifying the major physical processes in a given river basin or coastal zone and their interaction with the associated assets and receptors;
  • identify the links between all issues related to flooding in order to apply an integrated approach using the best tools to support decision making for the sustainable management of floods;
  • review scientific literature and carry out independent research (such as writing a state of the art paper based on research and practice literature);
  • apply sophisticated hydroinformatics and modelling tools and best practices to address the problems of flood risk management;
  • occupy an independent and responsible position as a flood risk professional;
  • communicate his/her knowledge and research results to the scientific and non-scientific communities (such as presenting papers/posters to scientific congresses, general lectures to policy makers and interested non-specialists);
  • acquire independently further knowledge and techniques, and
  • operate in a team.