Objectives and competences

The two-yearly edition of the Interuniversity Master's Degree in Soil and Water Management was first introduced in academic year 2008-2009. It is organized by the University of Lleida, the University of Barcelona, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and the Public University of Navarre. It is structured according to the European Higher Education Area's (EHEA) guidelines and recommendations. In adapting to the EHEA (Bologna Process), we have taken advantage of the experience gained during the years of collaborating with the aforementioned universities on previous doctoral studies. 
The Master's Degree in Soil and Water Management offers students cross-disciplinary training in the area of earth sciences, particularly in hydrology and edaphology applied to the sustainable use of natural resources, in agricultural and forestry environments, and in the conservation of the quality and quantity of  the resources of water and soil.

The course is taught by recognised specialists from the four universities, in the areas of geology, chemistry, biology and edaphology, and in the more applied sciences of agricultural, forest and hydrologic engineering.

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Pharmacy and Food Science
Branch of knowledge
  • Environmental sciences and ecology
  • Agricultural sciences and food technology
Mode of delivery
  • Face-to-face
Length of course2 academic years
Course detailsIndicators
Open pre-enrolmentNo
Open enrolmentNo
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
Main university information Master's degree course homepage
Main universityUniversitat Lleida
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Universitat Lleida
  • Universitat Pública de Navarra
Bridging coursesNo

Objectives and competences



Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

Access requirements and conditions

General requirements
In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, students wishing to be admitted to a university master's degree must hold one of the following qualifications:

  • Official Spanish university degree.

  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.

  • A qualification issued by an institution outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, applicants must request homologation of the degree to its equivalent official Spanish university qualification or obtain express approval from the University of Barcelona, which will conduct a study of equivalence to ensure that the degree is of a comparable level to an official Spanish university qualification and that it grants access to university master's degree study in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.



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Selection criteria



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Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Compulsory 60
Optional 10
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 20

List of subjects

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: Subsoil and Groundwater Management
Characteristics and Effects of Pollutants Compulsory 4
Conservation and Restoration of Aquatic Environments Optional 3
Contaminated Soil and Remediation Techniques Compulsory 4
Degradation Processes and Rehabilitation of Soils Compulsory 4
Disturbances and Rehabilitation of Soils Optional 4
Evaluation and Management of Natural Systems and Forests Optional 2
Final Project Compulsory 20
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Compulsory 2.5
Geological Hazards and Environmental Restoration Compulsory 4
Hydrological Risks Optional 3.5
Hydromorphological and Limnological Processes Optional 3.5
Irrigation Evaluation and Technology Compulsory 6
Irrigation Water Management Optional 2
Management of Water Resources Compulsory 6
Soil Ecology Compulsory 2
Soil Evaluation, Natural Space Management and Spatial Planning Compulsory 4
Soil Management in Silvopastoral Systems Optional 4
Soil Management, Fertilization and Environmental Disturbances Optional 4
Soil Maps: Creation, Interpretation and Evaluation Compulsory 8
Soil Study Compulsory 2.5
Soil Technology Optional 4
Soil-Based Waste Management and Evaluation Compulsory 3
Soil-Water-Plant-Atmosphere Interactions Compulsory 3
Subsoil and Groundwater Quality Compulsory 3
Water Treatment and Reuse Compulsory 4

Previous years


Placements in a company or another type of organization are an integral part of university studies, providing first-hand experience of working methodologies in students' chosen professional fields. They offer invaluable practical experience for the transition into work after graduation.

Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment. They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 750 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.

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