Land and Water Management

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The start of this Bachelor programme has been postponed. Consequently, this programme will not be offered the upcoming academic year 2017-2018

Using Land and Water wisely

The Bachelor of Land and Water Management (BSc) 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) is offered in English as a Fast Track, lasting three years. Within this Bachelor, you can choose to specialise in the following professional fields:

The language of instruction in the Bachelor of Land and Water Management (BSc) and its professional fields is English and taught fulltime. The location is the VHL campus in Velp.

Dutch taught programme
The Bachelor of Land and Water Management (BSc) is also taught in Dutch on our campus in Velp. This programme lasts four years and is and taught part-time or fulltime. For more information and admission requirements for the Dutch taught programme please send an e-mail to



Information about this programme:

EEA€ 2,060 a year
NON-EEA€ 8,650 a year
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Successful trade mission in Indonesia

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Peter van Dongen about trade mission to Indonesia

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District water board happy with student report

Students advise water authority Reest en Wierden

23-04-2015 • Students of Land and Watermanagement (specialisation Spatial Planning) of VHL University of Applied Sciences have delivered a report to the district water board Reest en Wieden containing advice on the sustainable development of the Oude Diep near Hoogeveen.  read more

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Water board joins forces with education

03-02-2015 • Water Board Rivierenland signed a covenant on 30 January together with VHL and Arnhem and Nijmegen University of Applied Sciences (HAN), in which they agree to take up questions in the field of regional water management together in the next four years.  read more

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An all-rounder!

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Jesse Bakker is a fourth-year student of Land and Water Management who specialized in Civil Engineering. He is now doing a work placement at GWW-Ingenieurs, where he works as a planning engineer.  read more

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A pleasant place

Janneke van den Tillaart reads magazine

Janneke van den Tillaart studies Land and Water Management. ‘Beforehand I had a certain image of this study: that it would be quite broad, with many different aspects of water and landscapes and exact knowledge and skills. As it turns out, this is almost exactly the way it is.’  read more

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Don’t be afraid to get dirty hands

Rick Wolbers, student Land and Water Management

Rick Wolbers studies Land and Water Management at VHL University of Applied Sciences in Velp. He’ll graduate this year. In 2014 he took part in De Noorderlingen, a programme for students who want to develop their business idea into their own company.  read more

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Start off with a bang!

Excavator at work

Dave Hersbach is a third-year student of Land and Water Management. He recently did a work placement at Boskalis Nederland where he took part in the project ‘Ruimte voor de rivier’ (Room for the river) in Deventer. His work placement started off with a bang…  read more

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