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Flood Risk Management

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The Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree in Flood Risk Management, coordinated by IHE Delft Institute for Water Education (Delft, The Netherlands) and with the UPC as a participant, provides an integrated approach to flood risk management that seeks to reduce human and socioeconomic losses caused by flooding. The need to adopt an integrated, holistic approach to flood risk management is reflected in Directive 2007/60/CE (RD 903/2010 of 9 July, on flood risk assessment and management). To date, European programmes have dealt with a variety of technical aspects but failed to propose integrated management; in this respect, the Erasmus Mundus master's degree in Flood Risk Management constitutes a breakthrough in hydraulics training in Europe.

Academic year starts in September
Duration 2 years
Study load 120 ECTS (including the master's thesis)
Delivery On-campus
Language English
Places 30
Official degree Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree in Flood Risk Management by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (recorded in the Spanish Ministry of Education's degree register)
Participating universities IHE Delft Institute for Water Education (Delft, the Netherlands-coordinator of the programme)
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)
University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Fees

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EU scholarships Please check the official website of this master's degree for more information on EU scholarships
Academic coordinator

Allen Bateman

Career opportunities

On completion of the course, students will be able to analyse the reciprocal relationships between physical systems, institutional frameworks and the socioeconomic environment, and identify future social and climatic pressures and needs and the consequent trends in system management; apply specific practical skills, such as the ability to identify the main 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 to the sustainable management of floods using the best decision-making support tools; review scientific literature and carry out independent research; apply sophisticated hydroinformatics and modelling tools and best practices to address the problems of flood risk management; and occupy positions of responsibility as flood risk managers.

Learning objectives

Generic competencies

Generic competencies are the skills that graduates acquire regardless of the specific course or field of study. The generic competencies established by the UPC are capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability and social commitment, knowledge of a foreign language (preferably English), teamwork and proper use of information resources.

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
  • An extended knowledge on a basin-wide approach to flood risk management
Specific competencies

On completing this master's degree, students will be able 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.
2020-2021 Academic year
For more information on the functioning of the programme and the rest of the courses visit the master's official website.

COURSES

ECTS

Second year
First semester
Debris flow and flash flood: Risk, hazard, vulnerability and resilience concepts 5
Implication of global warming on floods and droughts 3
Coastal flooding: Impacts, conflicts and risks 3
Fluvial morphodynamics 5
Radar rainfall forecast, early warning systems 4
Second semester
Master's thesis 30

Students enrolled at UPC for the Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree in Flood Risk Management can access the following information:

The Master's Thesis is an original exercise to be done individually and presented and defended before a university pannel consisting in a project in the sphere of the specific computational mechanics synthesising and integrating the competences acquired on the course.

List of master's theses currently scheduled for public presentation: