International Master in
Sustainable Water Management and Governance in Natural and Agricultural Environments

September 2022 – July 2024
(120 ECTS)

Year One (60 ECTS): 26 September 2022 – 16 June 2023
Year Two (60 ECTS): September 2023 – July 2024

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7 reasons for studying this MSc programme


Learn to face the challenges of water management and governance from an integrated and interdisciplinary approach, involving hydrological, biophysical, economic, institutional, regulatory, policy-making and planning measures.


Make a significant contribution to sustainable water management and governance through an innovative and multidisciplinary programme that will equip you with a unique set of professional skills.


Take a unique opportunity to study with students and experts from all over the world. This international, multicultural environment is an essential differentiating factor in today’s competitive job market.


Train with top international experts who are authorities in the different subject matters of the programme.


Design an original and independent project or do a traineeship in firms or other entities in the public or private sector related to water management and governance.


Build core research skills transferable to many other fields that will help you in your professional career.


Obtain a Master’s degree, awarded by the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), recognized as equivalent to the Spanish official Master’s Degree.


Year One (60 ECTS)

The programme of the first year comprises seven core modules within three thematic areas: water governance, quality and management.

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Conceptual aspects of water resource management

This module will introduce students to key aspects and driving forces of water resources and water management, focusing on hydrology, climate, geomorphology, the relationship between water and ecosystems, water and climate and global change, and the water-energy-food nexus. The module includes an integrated adaptive planning and management approach to water resources.

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Institutional and regulatory framework and socioeconomic aspects

The legal and regulatory dimension of water governance will be explored in the second module, focusing on the institutional dimension of water governance, and the role of international institutions complemented with water use allocation, water planning, financial and economic instruments.

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Water quality and pollution control

The third module will cover water quality principles and standards, monitoring, analysis, dynamics and policies. Wastewater treatment and reuse as well as water desalination will be addressed and practices for the control of water pollution from agriculture will be discussed.

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Tools to support water planning and management

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the role of digital transformation in water management and governance, presenting tools such as water sensors, remote sensing and GIS. Scenario building, models and decision support systems for water resource planning and management will also be addressed.

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Integrated water management and restoration of aquatic systems

Module 5 will focus on management and ecological restoration of rivers and wetlands as well as groundwater management, contamination and preservation. Hydraulic infrastructure management and monitoring and evaluation of water management and planning are also also a key part of this module.

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Applied Water Management In Agriculture And Forest Systems

The final module involves agricultural water management in dry environments, rainfed and agropastoral systems as well as in irrigated agriculture. Water use in animal production and water management in forest and shrub systems will also be tackled as well as prevention and management of risks associated with extreme water events: drought and floods.

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Individual project

In the final month of the first year of the Master students carry out an individual project related to water management and governance, consisting of a bibliographical review, a critical analysis of the subject chosen and its application to a given situation. The project is conducted with the support of tutors, under the supervision of the Master’s scientific directors.

International programme with over 90 experts from 16 countries working at universities, research centres, state administration bodies, associations, NGOs, firms in the public and private sector, and international organizations (2020/2022 edition).

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Year Two (60 ECTS)

The second year of the Master consists of tutored initiation to research or to professional activity in collaboration with governmental institutions, universities, research centres, ONGs, associations and private firms.

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CIHEAM Zaragoza coordinators will provide information about the activities of the centres where students will carry out their projects. Students will choose a topic of their interest. They may also propose a project upon agreement with the host centres. Our partner centres include the School of Civil Engineering (Polytechnic University of Valencia), School of Agricultural Engineering and Environment (Polytechnic University of Valencia), Faculty of Economics and Business Studies (University of Salamanca), Higher Polytechnic School of Ávila (University of Salamanca), Centre of Soil Science and Applied Biology of the Segura (CEBAS-CSIC) and the Experimental Station of Aula Dei (EEAD-CSIC).

We want to train future professionals responsible for decision-making in the field of water management and governance

Diplomas and degrees

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Postgraduate Specialization Diploma. At the end of the first part of the Master, participants that have successfully completed the programme and obtained 60 ECTS will receive the Postgraduate Specialization Diploma awarded by CIHEAM.
CIHEAM Master of Science Degree. CIHEAM will award the Master of Science Degree to the participants that have obtained 120 ECTS. This degree is equivalent to the official Spanish Master qualification.
Together with the Postgraduate Specialization Diploma and Master of Science, CIHEAM issues the corresponding Diploma Supplements providing information regarding the qualification type and level, the contents of the training and results gained.

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The Master is open to candidates of any nationality fulfilling the following requirements:

  • Eligibility to pursue postgraduate studies in their country of origin or accrediting the equivalent of 240 ECTS in graduate studies.
  • A degree in agricultural science, agricultural engineering, forestry engineering, environmental engineering, environmental science, other engineering specialities, biology, geography, geology, chemistry or biochemistry. Applications are also welcome from candidates with degrees related to social science, economics, law and information and communication technologies.

Spanish and English are the working languages of the Master, Spanish being the main language of instruction. Knowledge of Spanish and English will be taken into consideration when selecting candidates. Applicants from non-Spanish-speaking countries should accredit knowledge of Spanish at B1 level or higher, as defined in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Candidates from non-English-speaking countries should accredit knowledge of English at B1 level or higher, as defined in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The Master’s Study Commission will select candidates based on the supporting documents sent by applicants (qualifications, CV, professional experience, language knowledge, etc.). Academic results and any previous professional experience related with the area of specialization will be given special consideration.

Successful candidates will be contacted by CIHEAM Zaragoza and given instructions on how to formalize their registration. If vacancies arise, other candidates will be selected from the waiting list.

Intensive Spanish course

CIHEAM Zaragoza organizes an intensive Spanish course online, starting in the first week of July 2022. This course is compulsory for students from non-Spanish speaking countries that are unable to accredit a B1 level of Spanish or higher.

Dates and deadlines

The first year of the Master will be held from 26 September 2022 to 16 June 2023.
The second year will begin in September 2023 for a duration of 10 months.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Non-Spanish candidates: 18 March to 15 May 2022. New deadline: European candidates without knowledge of Spanish: 18 May to 1 July 2022.
  • Spanish or Spanish-speaking candidates*: 18 March to 2 September 2022.

*Non-European candidates should be aware of visa application deadlines.


Candidates may apply online at the following address:

Registration deadlines are as follows:

  • Non-Spanish candidates: 18 March to 15 May 2022. New deadline: European candidates without knowledge of Spanish: 18 May to 1 July 2022.
  • Spanish or Spanish-speaking candidates*: 18 March to 2 September 2022.

*Non-European candidates should be aware of visa application deadlines.


Formalization of registration

Registration will be formalized upon student’s acceptance of the general regulations of the Master and payment of the registration fees.

Provisional registration fees

Registration fees are approximately 2487 euro for each academic year of the Master. This amount covers:

A) Cost of credits enrolled: 2244 euro**
B) Administration fee: 243 euro

(**) This fee refers to Decree 102/2021 of 14 July of the Government of Aragon and will be updated according to the new official rates of the Department of Science, Universities and Information Society for the corresponding academic year.

Forms of payment

The registration fee for the first year may be made in a single payment before the start of the Master or in instalments as follows:

  • First instalment: 50% of the amount, payable before the start of the Master, between 1 July 2022 and 15 September 2022.
  • Second instalment: 30% of the amount, payable in the first week of December 2022.
  • Third instalment: 20% of the amount, payable in the first week of March 2023.


Candidates from CIHEAM member countries (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey) may apply to CIHEAM Zaragoza for a scholarship. They will be awarded according to academic merit. Priority will be given to applicants from low, medium and medium-high income CIHEAM member countries according to the World Bank: Albania, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey.

There are two types of scholarship:

  • Scholarships including the registration fee, intensive online Spanish course, a monthly payment of 700 euros and health insurance for Spain covering the academic period.
  • Exemption from the payment of registration fees.

Candidates from other countries may apply for a CIHEAM Zaragoza scholarship covering all or part of the registration fee.

About us

CIHEAM Zaragoza is one of four Institutes belonging to the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), together with Bari in Italy, Montpellier in France and Chania in Greece. CIHEAM Zaragoza was established in 1969 and offers quality and excellence in training and strengthens research and international cooperation through the management of research projects focusing on CIHEAM Zaragoza’s five thematic areas: 'Environment and Natural Resources'; 'Fisheries and Aquaculture'; 'Animal Production and Welfare'; 'Plant Production, Health and Breeding'; 'Marketing and Agrifood Systems'. CIHEAM Zaragoza has become a reference in international specialized training in the agriculture, fisheries, food, environment and the rural world. Thanks to its location on the Campus of Aula Dei, one of the largest and most prestigious agricultural research complexes in Spain synergies can be developed between the science, business and the student community.