General information

Academic year: 2023/2024

Level: Master

Type: Official Master's Degree

ECTS Credits: 60

Programme orientation Research

Length of programme (full time): 1 YEAR

Mode of delivery: Face-to-face

Level of qualification: Máster (MECES level 3 - EQF level 7)

Model of study: Full-time (42-60 ECTS per school year)

Work-based learning (Practicum): Yes

Language(s) of instruction Spanish

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Field(s) of education and training (ISCED-F)

  • Environmental sciences (0521)

Main focus

; Graduates of this master’s programme will have acquired the ability to lead research/professional projects dealing with the identification, treatment, and computational prediction of the water quality problems associated with water pollution and the consequent changes in the ecological state of rivers, lagoons, reservoirs, coastal and transitional waters, and groundwater bodies. They will be able to competently use and develop mathematical/computational tools and use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to quantify the spatial and temporal variability of water quality in the hydrosphere, including the description of the physical, chemical and biological processes. Graduates will also be capable of performing an economic assessment of water quality deterioration in water bodies resulting from changes in their ecosystemic services. Finally, they will be able to apply the laws on water quality and enforce the requirements established in the Water Framework Directive.


Students that have completed the second cycle have the following competencies: – Have demonstrated knowledge and understanding that is founded upon a basis or opportunity for originality in developing and/or applying ideas, often within a research context. – Can apply their acquired knowledge and understanding, and problem solving abilities in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their field of study. – Have the ability to integrate knowledge and handle complexity, and formulate judgments with incomplete or limited information, but that include reflecting on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgments. – Can communicate their conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialist and non-specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously. – Have the learning skills to allow them to continue to study in a manner that may be largely self-directed or autonomous.

Programme qualification

Name of title awarded in original language

Máster Universitario en Técnicas y Ciencias de la Calidad del Agua (IDEA)

Qualification requirements

60 minimum credits

Programme courses

Course NameYearPeriod
Advanced Programming Techniques 1st Year 2nd Semester
Advanced Technologies for Urban Sewage Treatment 1st Year 2nd Semester
Analytical Techniques in Water Quality Control 1st Year 2nd Semester
Bioremediation 1st Year 2nd Semester
Chemical and Biological Processes for Water Quality 1st Year 1st Semester
Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems 1st Year 2nd Semester
Data Processing and Analysis for Water Quality 1st Year 1st Semester
Design and Construction of Treatment Plants 1st Year 2nd Semester
Economic Principles of Water Management 1st Year 1st Semester
Ecotoxological Methods 1st Year 2nd Semester
Groundwater Masses 1st Year 1st Semester
Industrial Waste Water Treatment 1st Year 2nd Semester
Interface Pollution 1st Year 2nd Semester
Legislative and Regulatory Framework: Water Framework Directive 1st Year 1st Semester
Lentic Systems 1st Year Yearly
Lotic Systems 1st Year 1st Semester
Master's Dissertation 1st Year 2nd Semester
Microbial Indicators 1st Year 2nd Semester
Modelling and Control of Bioreactors 1st Year 2nd Semester
Molecular Indicators 1st Year 2nd Semester
Numerical Analysis for the Prediction and Treatment of Water Quality 1st Year 2nd Semester
Pollution in Water Masses 1st Year 2nd Semester
Research Practicum 1st Year 2nd Semester
Surface Hydrology Processes 1st Year 1st Semester
Transitional Waters 1st Year Yearly
Water Quality Management in Collection, Distribution and Sanitation Networks 1st Year 2nd Semester
Work Placement 1st Year 2nd Semester


Specialisation name

– Biomonitoring Techniques and Design Of Restoration Strategies For Stressed Water Systems (Diagnosis) – Water Technologies (Treatment) – Computational Techniques For Water Quality (Prediction)

Admission information

Access to Master’s Degree programmes is granted to holders of:
A.1. A Spanish official university degree.
A.2. A degree issued by a Higher Education institution from another European Higher Education Area Member State which allows access to Master Degree’s programmes in that State.
A.3. A degree from a non-EHEA education system, upon verification by the Spanish University that the aforementioned degree accredits an equivalent education level to that of a Spanish university degree and allows access to postgraduate programmes in the issuing country.
A.4. A Spanish Bachelor in Advanced Artistic Education.
A.5. Official Spanish university degrees of Diplomado, Arquitecto Técnico, Ingeniero Técnico, Licenciado, Arquitecto, Ingeniero, Graduado or Máster Universitario.

Specific admission requirements

Applicants must have an English B1 level or higher, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

General regulations

Grading scale
In the Spanish university system, modules/courses are graded on a scale of 0 to 10 points with the following qualitative equivalence:
0-4,9: «suspenso»; 5-6,9: «aprobado»; 7-8,9: «notable»; 9-10: «sobresaliente». A special mention, «Matrícula de Honor» may be granted to up to 5% of the students in a group provided they have got a «sobresaliente». To pass a module/course is necessary to get at least 5 points.
In cases of recognition of ECTS, professional experience, cultural or sports activities, or student representation no grading will be recorded but, where appropriate, the word «Apto».


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