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Limnology & Wetland Management (LWM)

International Joint Degree Master's Programme

The LWM Master's programme

ID of study programme: H 066 448 008
ISCED-Code: 851 (Environmental protection services)

Study begin:  October 

Study duration: 19-24 months

  • fundamental understanding of the structure and functioning of streams & rivers, wetlands, fishponds and lakes;
  • expert skills to assess the ecological status of freshwater ecosystems, to plan & carry-out monitoring programmes and to develop suitable conservation & restoration measures;
  • professional skills to develop and apply methods & tools towards the sustainable management of freshwater ecosystems & its services, including fisheries & aquaculture.


LWM is a well established international joint degree Masters’ programme, fully accredited in Austria, The Netherlands and Kenya.

The programme structure/curriculum consists of three semesters of 4-months each, which are held in Austria (BOKU University), The Netherlands (IHE Delft) and Kenya (Egerton University), followed by a 7 to 12-months research period at one of the three partnering institutions, or your home country. LWM students enjoy the complementing expertise of three renowned universities and excellent networking perspectives at a global level.

All three study locations are world-famous tourist locations - Vienna (Austria), Delft (The Netherlands) and Nakuru/Egerton (Kenya) – hence, LWM students have the added benefit of studying where others are going for sight-seeing!

MSc in Limnology and Wetland Management - Video




Course Structure

October - January

Austrian Semester
BOKU University

Basics in Limnology

Ecology of Aquatic Organisms

Basics in Applied Limnology

Aquatic Ecosystem Management

Scientific Methods



February - May

Netherlands Semester
IHE Delft

Aquatic Ecology and Bioassessment

Wetland for Livelihoods & Conservation

Integrated Modelling of Water and Ecosocial Systems

Interdisciplinary Project & Fieldwork

Academic Skill Development


June - September

Kenyan Semester
Egerton University

Lake Ecology

Ecology of Streams and Rivers

Wetlands for Water Quality

Fisheries & Aquaculture

Fieldtrip on sustainable management and utilization of coastal ecosystems



                                              October - June/September

                                         MSc Research and Thesis writing

LWM BOKU Trimester - Video




Admission Criteria

  • University level Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field for the programme and which has been awarded by a university of recognised standing (e.g. BSc in Biology, Aquatic Ecology / Fisheries, Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Civil, Chemical, Agricultural or Environmental Engineering, etc)
  • Working experience in an appropriate field of the LWM programme is an additional important asset
  • English language requirements

Further Information

Contact us:

BOKU University (Vienna, Austria):
IPGL Office


IHE Delft (Delft, The Netherlands):
Ms. Floor Felix (Secretary for the LWM Programme)


Egerton University (Njoro, Kenya):
LWM Office