Faculty of Water Sciences - Degree Programs
Faculty of Water Sciences
BSc in Civil Engineering (A 8-semester, 240 ECTS training program) in Hungarian and English
The course trains civil engineers in construction, operation, maintenance, management and administrative tasks. Our graduates are qualified to manage simple planning and research tasks independently, at a level aligned with regulations. They are also able to participate in more complex planning tasks. After the acquisition of the necessary practice, our graduates also qualify as registered Civil engineers for design and consultancy.
Most of our graduates establish their career at public regional water management authorities and companies of the water sector. Practical knowledge gained by our graduate civil engineers is internationally recognized.
With specialization in:
- regional water management (flood control, river management, drainage and irrigation, hydrology and hydrometry, integrated river basin management)
- water supply and wastewater treatment (urban water management and sewerage)
BSc in Environmental Engineering (A 7-semester, 210 ECTS training program) in Hungarian and English
This course provides environmental engineers with up-to-date skills in ecology, technology, economics and management, so that they can organize and supervise disaster management and remediation activities. Our graduates have professional skills which enable them to reduce and eliminate existing environmental risks, harms and damage, make sustainable use of natural resources, and implement and operate low-waste technologies. They can devise technological solutions for reclaiming waste and disposing of hazardous waste.
Our graduates possess general knowledge in the fields of environmental policy, and the protection of nature and landscape. They also have a good command of at least one foreign language and are able to liaise with foreign experts and participate in international teamwork.
With specialization in:
- water management
- water –and wastewater treatment
MA in International Water Governance and Water Diplomacy in English
The two year MA program in International Water Governance and Water Diplomacy, starting September 2020, offers up-to-date, practice-oriented education for practicing and future water managers, diplomats, national and international civil servants engaged in transboundary or global environmental issues. Based on a blend of natural and social sciences, extensive field training and project-based team work, the programme is aimed to enable students to master complex water policy challenges, decision and conflict situations.
Why study water international governance and diplomacy?
While water war theories have been a popular feature of international politics for decades, reality shows that even bitter interstate tensions surrounding water tend to become a source of cooperation rather than conflict. The potent megatrends of our era, such as demographic change, urbanisation or climate change, however, create new pressures on how countries manage water domestically and in their international relations. Scientific consensus suggests that the current water crisis is a crisis of governance. The root of the problem, therefore, lies not necessarily in the limited availability of water. Rather, how laws, policy and financial decisions on water are made, implemented and followed up by government and society. Such challenges surface with even greater force in intestate context where the action or inaction of a country may give rise to disproportionate negative impacts on the water resources available to others. Consequently, the knowledge of how to prevent, manage and resolve water conflicts at the domestic and international level will be a critical asset for the prosperity and stability of any nation in the 21st century.
University of Public Service and water
The University of Public Service has been conceived as a comprehensive school of government encompassing all major fields of the management of a modern state: public administration, defence, law enforcement and diplomacy. University of Public Service also boasts Hungary’s oldest higher education institution dedicated to water: the Faculty of Water Science, located in the city of Baja on the banks of the river Danube. In recent years, the Faculty has significantly expanded its research and educational activities reaching out to the political, policy, legal and institutional dimensions of water. Importantly, the Faculty also serves as the official retraining institution of the Hungarian water authorities that offers students a unique access to the daily practice of water management in the broader Danube basin. The MA programme has been developed by the Faculty’s Department of Water and Environmental Policy, seated in Budapest, that specialises in water governance.
Structure and content of the MA programme
The programme comprises five broad knowledge clusters as follows (detailed programme see below):
- General questions of water management provides and introduction to the scientific and technical fundamentals of water governance: hydrology, integrated water resources management and environmental/sustainability challenges of water policy,
- Introduction to water governance and conflict management covers the institutions, politics and economics of water governance from a general perspective. It also touches upon the fundamentals of decision-systems, conflict management and communication,
- Water law comprises three different courses dedicated to the legal regulation of water at national, international and European Union level,
- International water governance focuses on theoretical, political and institutional questions of water governance (save conflict resolution). It also provides an introduction to water project management from an international perspective,
- Water diplomacy and international conflict management is dedicated to the prevention and resolution of water-related interstate conflicts and disputes. It also covers a generalintroduction to diplomacy and the military dimensions of water.
The costs of tuition for 20 full time and 15 part-time students of Hungarian citizens will be covered by the public administration government scholarship scheme.
An additional 20 full time and 15 part-time Hungarian and Non-Hungarian citizen students can participate in the program (EU/EEA or NON EU/EEA tuition ).
Budapest, Hungary, premises of the University of Public Service.
Conditions of application
- bachelor degree in State and Jurisprudence, Economics, Engineering Sciences, Natural Science, Political science, Water management, Sociology and social sciences, International relations,
- proof language proficiency (English, B2 (entry requirement only)
Admission is subject to prior interview.