Water Without Borders Joint Collaborative Graduate Programme (MA, MSc and PhD)


    Water Without Borders (WWB) is a collaborative graduate programme in water, environment, and health between the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) and McMaster University.

    It addresses issues of water without borders, either geopolitical or disciplinary. The programme is designed to be undertaken alongside a graduate degree programme at McMaster University. It is open to graduate students in all faculties and departments. The intent of this programme is to give graduate students the tools they need to achieve not only their aspirations of learning, but also to change the world.

    This innovative, professional, collaborative graduate programme is the only one of its kind in North America. It links the rigour of a traditional university graduate programme with the professional policy training and experience of an international centre of excellence focused on the global water crisis. Students will have the opportunity not only to achieve a solid academic foundation at McMaster University, but also to be immersed in the world of international (water and environmental) policy through UNU-INWEH. More importantly, they will be challenged to examine capacity building as part of their explorations.

    The programme is based on four main principles:

    • a commitment to excellence in the sciences (health, natural, human);
    • a commitment to transdisciplinary research;
    • a commitment to knowledge transfer;
    • a commitment to capacity building.

    The primary goal of WWB is to develop highly qualified personnel in the area of water-health, broadly defined, to fill a growing global societal need for science, service, policy and practice around the fundamental human issue of maintaining water resources now and in the future. Issues of provision, access, quality, equity, conflict, distribution, change, governance, and environmental integrity are all of paramount importance to studying and responding to water issues. Hence, highly qualified personnel, from a range of disciplines (natural, human, health) are required to work together in understanding and addressing the emerging global water crisis; in short, this is truly a transdisciplinary problem that requires a truly transdisciplinary programme of study.

    Learning Objectives
    The objectives of this programme are:

    • To create strong professionals in water-environment-health across a range of disciplines;
    • To create strong professionals with the ability to bridge research and policy; and,
    • To create strong professionals with the ability to undertake related capacity building.

    For full programme information and updates, visit the UNU-INWEH website.