Integrated Management of Water, Soil and Waste (joint PhD programme)


    This joint PhD programme in Integrated Management of Water, Soil and Waste is offered by the UNU Institute for the Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) and the Faculty of Environmental Sciences at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), Germany.

    • The focus of the programme is on integrated management of water, soil and waste using a nexus approach, making it the first of its kind.
    • The programme has a strong focus on developing countries.
    • Students have access to the facilities and services of TUD, one of eleven Universities of Excellence in Germany, as well as the network of UNU Institutes.
    • Doctoral research includes close cooperation with UN agencies and programmes as well as other international organisations.

    This programme, launched in 2015, is embedded within UNU-FLORES’s nexus-oriented research agenda and the corresponding research interests at TU Dresden. The established PhD research projects, co-supervised by researchers from UNU-FLORES and TU Dresden, are designed to reflect nexus thinking on particular problems of environmental resources management focusing on water, soil, and waste.

    Each individual PhD research project must have a clear focus – preferably associated to a case study in a particular country – and must also be framed within the broad picture of integrated resources management as part of a Nexus Approach.

    The programme is the first international PhD programme addressing integrated resources management in a truly holistic way. It comprises of 35 course credits in addition to 175 dissertation credits (a total of 210 credits spanning seven semesters) as defined in terms of the European Credit Transfer System.

    Courses are offered by academic staff at both universities, and PhD dissertations are co-supervised by advisors from both universities. Successfully graduating students will receive a joint degree certificate.

    Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in one engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, or other closely related field as well as a research-based master’s degree related to environmental resources management. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English.

    For full programme information, visit the UNU-FLORES website.