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The goals of the Master’s degree in Water Resources Management

The fundamental goal of the Master’s degree in Water Resources Management consists of providing to society with a new profile for experts in water management, whose theoretical and practical experience allow them to know in detail the water cycle and to promote actions addressed to improve the technical and economic efficiency of the water resources acquisition, distribution and treatment processes. An overall perception of the water cycle and an appropriate knowledge of the methodologies available is essential for ensuring the development of a correct diagnosis of any situation and of its possible solutions.

The students holding the Master’s degree will be empowered to work in public administrations or private companies related to water, territory and the environment. They will be competent professionals to develop efficient management proposals both in urban water collection and distribution and in the treatment, regeneration and reuse of sewage water. They will also been appropriately trained for analysing the viability of any investment project in the field of water cycle.

  1. Ability in using the legislation on water resources.
  2. To know the different planning, management and control techniques of the water networks at different scales.
  3. To be able to plan a strategy for water quality control: design of the control network, data analysis, actions proposal for pollution minimisation and prevention.
  4. To acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge to assess the problem that affects the aquatic ecosystems relating to water pollution.
  5. To know the different processes that there are for superficial water purification and be able to determine its advantages and disadvantages.
  6. To know the main processes for sewage water treatment and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each of them.
  7. To know the bases, advantages and disadvantages of the membrane technologies applied to sewage water purification and regeneration, thus they are able to select the most appropriate technology for each case.
  8. To know and evaluate the different processes for the most appropriate management of the mud derived from water purification.
  9. To understand the functioning of a desalination plant and be able to select the most appropriate process depending on the ultimate use of that water.
  10. To know the basic scientific research tools in the field of water cycle.
  11. To know and assess the use of indicators of economic efficiency in water management.
  12. To assess the usefulness of quantifying the environmental benefits derived from the sewage water treatment and regeneration projects.
  13. To evaluate the importance of the costs in water management and be able to model them.
  14. To be able to analyse the economic and environmental viability of projects related to the integral water cycle.
  15. To assess the different methods for measuring the efficiency in water distribution networks.
  16. To know and assess the different methods for limiting the uncertainty in the processes of water management.
  17. To assess the possibilities for cross-sectoral transfer in the use of conventional and unconventional resources.
 
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