RIWE RIWE Regional Institute of Water Education

Water Resources Engineering and Management

Key Facts:

Organizer : “ Regional Institute for Water Education for West and Central Asia (RIWE) in collaboration with:

·         School of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran

·         UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, Tehran, Iran,

·         Ministry of Energy, Islamic Republic of Iran

·         IHE-Delft University (formerly known as UNESCO-IHE), the Netherlands

- Program intensity: Full-time (2 to 3 years)

- Start date: September 22, 2018

- Credits: 32 credits

- Languages: English

- Delivery mode: On Campus

- Application deadline: August 10, 2018

- Campus location: Tehran, IRAN

About the program and University of Tehran

Many regions of the world are increasingly facing challenges when it comes to managing water. The nature of these challenges differs from one location to the next. It may relate to having too little water while water demands are growing (water scarcity), too much water (flooding), and water of poor quality rendering it unfit to sustain aquatic ecosystems and/or containing the provision of water to people, industry and agriculture. Addressing these challenges requires that water managers apply an integrated and interdisciplinary approach, taking into account hydrological, biophysical, chemical, social, economic, institutional, legal, policymaking and planning aspects. The Water Resources Engineering and Management program provide such an integrated and interdisciplinary approach. Throughout the program, students are encouraged to study water resources management from a multidisciplinary perspective and to seek integrated solutions for problems selected from real case studies.


The program is designed to improve the skills of engineers to develop, implement and critically evaluate water management policies and strategies in order to foster inclusive and sustainable use of water and achieve effective governance of water systems. Students learn to take into account variations in social and environmental constraints and resources in formulating water resources management strategies. The program benefits from integrated and holistic theoretical framework enhanced by several experience-based and case-based instructional methods such as games, which bring together real-life situations and game conditions (players, rules, competition, conflict, etc.) and activates students in the learning process. Students of these programs enjoy interacting with lecturers having various educational backgrounds in the fields of civil engineering, environmental engineering, irrigation engineering, chemical engineering, economics, and social sciences. 


University of Tehran, which hosts RIWE has been ranked 15th in the “Water Resources” subject in the 2017 Shanghi Raking of Academic Subjects. University of Tehran, therefore, as the only university in the Middle East region with such a high raking in “water resources” and as the biggest and oldest university in Iran is the best possible host for RIWE in the region.  Further information about RIWE can be found in riwe.ut.ac.ir. 


Program structure


The M.Sc. program in Water Resources Engineering and Management starts with a foundation phase, in which students are familiarized with engineering skills needed for modeling of water resources systems. In this phase, students should successfully pass the required courses. In the second phase, students can select four elective courses from the list of elective courses categorized in two “WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT” and “URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT” clusters as shown in the following table.



Required Courses

Elective Courses

(Water Management Cluster)

Elective Courses

(Urban Water Management Cluster)

Water Resources Systems Analysis

Water Governance

Advanced Water and Wastewater Engineering

Advanced Hydrology

Water Economics

Design of Water and Wastewater Networks

Advanced Groundwater

Institutional Analysis

Principals of Water and Wastewater Treatment

RS and GIS Application in Civil Engineering

Hydro Politics and Diplomacy

Water Desalination


Water Laws and Protocols

Design of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants

Value Engineering

Sustainable Development and Environmental Management

Sustainable Development and Environmental Management

Value Engineering

Meteorology and Climate Change


Completion of the program can be achieved by conducting M.Sc. research and thesis writing in line with the selected study profile (cluster). Once successfully completed this program, graduates will be able to:

      Describe and predict for a given water resources system, the main hydrological and environmental processes and how these processes are dynamically linked with human activities, including land use and water service provision.

      Critically evaluate technical and nontechnical interventions through analysis of implications for the water system, its users and their interrelations.


They will also learn some of the required skills for a water resources engineer/manager including: 

      Good team-work skills

      Problem-solving skills 

      IT skills

      GIS and remote sensing skills 

      Communication skills 


Program Fees and Living Costs

Tuition fees in US Dollars for international students are calculated based on the following table. The tuition fees do not include living cost, accommodation, and insurance fees. Students may choose to pay the fees in US Dollars or in IR Rials according to SANA conversion rate (http://www.sanarate.ir).

 Students in Persian Speaking neighboring Countries

 Other International Students

The second and subsequent members of  a family 

USD 1850 Per


USD 2300 Per Semester

USD 1600 per


Living costs in Tehran starts from around $400 US a month using private or university accommodation.


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