International Master in
Sustainable Water Management and Governance in Natural and Agricultural Environments

October 2024 – July 2026
(120 ECTS)

Year One (60 ECTS): October 2024 – June 2025
Year Two (60 ECTS): September 2025 – July 2026

We want to train future professionals responsible for decision-making in the field of water management and governance

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Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y alimentaria

10 reasons for studying this MSc programme


Learn to face the challenges of water management and governance through an integrated and interdisciplinary approach, involving hydrological, biophysical, economic, institutional, regulatory, policymaking and planning components.


Master the most suitable irrigation technologies for different agroecosystems, embracing the challenge of modernising irrigation for sustainable production.


Follow an innovative programme aligned with the UN 2030 Agenda that teaches the necessary skills for sustainable water management.


Acquire the knowledge and attitude required to engage in international cooperation development projects focusing on food security through irrigation.


Join a programme supported and delivered by highly qualified professionals from several countries, chosen for their expertise and reputation.


Engage in research and professional activity by designing original and independent projects or participating in traineeships at CIHEAM Zaragoza partner institutions. Take advantage of key strategic national and international alliances in water management and governance.


Train at a pioneering institution with more than 50 years of experience in higher education and cooperation in agrifood systems and natural resources.


Be part of an international and multicultural community and build up a network of contacts and collaborators, a differentiating factor in today’s competitive job market.


Obtain a Master’s degree equivalent to the official Master’s Degree of the Spanish University System, providing access to doctoral programmes.


Live a truly and unique experience by studying with participants and experts from all over the world.


Year One (60 ECTS)

The programme of the first year comprises ten core modules in three thematic areas: water governance, management and sustainability

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Conceptual aspects of water resources management

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Water economy and policy

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Regulatory, institutional, and international cooperation framework

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Tools to support water planning and management

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Water risks: floods, drought and pollution

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Integrated water management and restoration of aquatic systems

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Agricultural water management in dry/rainfed environments

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Irrigated systems: structures, agronomy, institutions and microeconomy

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Irrigated systems: non-conventional resources and diffuse pollution

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Individual project: In the final months of the first year of the Master students carry out an individual project related to water management and governance, consisting of a bibliographical review, a critical analysis of the subject chosen and its application to a given situation. The project is conducted with the support of tutors, under the supervision of the Master’s scientific director.

The flexibility of the Master permits students or professionals to take one or several units as independent modules. Contact us for more information

Year Two (60 ECTS)

The second year of the Master consists of tutored initiation to research and to professional activity in collaboration with governmental institutions, universities, research centres, NGOs, associations and private firms. Through this work, students complete their training by making a critical application of the knowledge, methods and techniques acquired during the first part of the programme.

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CIHEAM Zaragoza will provide information about the activities of the centres where students will carry out their projects. Students will choose a topic of their interest. They may also propose a project upon agreement with the host centre. Our partner centres include the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the Government of Aragon, the University of Zaragoza, the University of Salamanca and the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

A successful and unique international teaching formula


International programme with over 50 experts in 12 countries from universities, research centres, state administration bodies, associations, NGOs, firms in the public and private sector, and international organisations.

Coordination of the Master

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Enrique Playán

Scientific coordinator
EEAD-CSIC, Zaragoza (Spain)

Enrique Playán is a professor at the Aula Dei Experimental Station of CSIC (Zaragoza, Spain). He obtained a PhD in Irrigation Engineering from Utah State University (Logan, UT, USA). With research interests in irrigation system analysis and design, irrigation districts and irrigation hydrology, Prof. Playán has performed research on a number of international and national research projects in the last thirty years. He coordinated the European Joint Programming Initiative “Water Challenges for a Changing World” and was the Director of the State Research Agency of Spain.

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Maite Aguinaco

Academic coordinator
CIHEAM Zaragoza

Maite Aguinaco is a biologist by training and since 1990 is an administrator of the area of environment and natural resources at CIHEAM Zaragoza. Her main responsibilities are the coordination of the master's programme in Sustainable Water Management and Governance in Natural and Agricultural Environments and the coordination of advanced courses for professionals in collaboration with national and international institutions such as INIA-CSIC, MITECO, FAO, PRIMA Foundation, GRA or ICARDA, with participants from all over the world.

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Postgraduate Specialisation Diploma. At the end of the first part of the Master, participants that have successfully completed the programme and obtained 60 ECTS will receive the Postgraduate Specialisation Diploma awarded by CIHEAM.
CIHEAM Master of Science Degree. CIHEAM will award the Master of Science Degree to the participants that have obtained the necessary results and accredit 120 ECTS. This Master of Science degree is equivalent to the official Master degree of the Spanish University System. Together with the Postgraduate Specialization Diploma and Master of Science, CIHEAM issues the corresponding Diploma Supplements providing information on the qualification type and level, the content of the course and results obtained.

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The Master is open to candidates of any nationality fulfilling the following requirements:

  • Eligibility to pursue postgraduate studies in their country of origin or accrediting the equivalent of 240 ECTS in graduate studies.
  • A degree in agricultural science, agricultural engineering, forestry engineering, environmental engineering, environmental science, other engineering specialities, biology, geography, geology, chemistry or biochemistry. Applications are also welcome from candidates with degrees related to social science, economics, law and information and communication technologies.

Spanish and English are the working languages of the Master, Spanish being the main language of instruction. Knowledge of Spanish and English will be taken into consideration when selecting candidates. Applicants from non-Spanish-speaking countries should accredit knowledge of Spanish at B1 level or higher, as defined in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Candidates from non-English-speaking countries should accredit knowledge of English at B1 level or higher, as defined in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The Master’s Study Commission will select candidates based on the supporting documents sent by applicants (qualifications, CV, professional experience, language knowledge, etc.). Academic results and any previous professional experience related with the area of specialization will be given special consideration.

Successful candidates will be contacted by CIHEAM Zaragoza and given instructions on how to formalize their registration. If vacancies arise, other candidates will be selected from the waiting list.

CIHEAM Zaragoza organizes an intensive Spanish course online, starting in the first week of July 2024. This course is compulsory for students from non-Spanish speaking countries that are unable to accredit a B1 level of Spanish or higher.

Candidates may apply online at the following address:

Registration deadlines* are as follows:

  • Candidates requiring visa and/or without knowledge of Spanish: 26 May 2024. Deadline extended for candidates from Albania, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Palestinian Territories and Türkiye until 15 June 2024.
  • Candidates not requiring visa and with knowledge of Spanish: 1st Deadline: 15 June 2024. Candidatures presented by this deadline will have preference 2nd Deadline: 8 September 2024

*Non-European candidates should be aware of visa application deadlines.

Formalization of registration

Registration will be formalized upon student’s acceptance of the general regulations of the Master and payment of the registration fees.

Provisional registration fees

Registration fees are approximately 1880 euro (*) for each academic year of the Master. This amount covers:

  • Cost of credits enrolled
  • Administration fee

(*) This fee refers to Decree 98/2023 of 28 June of the Government of Aragon and will be updated according to the new official rates of the Department of Education, Science and Universities for the corresponding academic year.

Forms of payment

The registration fee for the first year may be made in a single payment before the start of the Master or in instalments as follows:

  • First instalment: 50% of the amount, payable before the start of the Master, between 1 July 2024 and 15 September 2024.
  • Second instalment: 30% of the amount, payable in the first week of December 2024.
  • Third instalment: 20% of the amount, payable in the first week of March 2025.

Candidates from CIHEAM member countries (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Türkiye) and other neighbouring countries (Jordan, Mauritania and Palestinian Territories), as well as candidates from Latin America, may apply to CIHEAM Zaragoza for a scholarship.

They will be awarded according to academic merit. Priority will be given to applicants from low, medium and medium-high income countries according to the World Bank.

There are two types of scholarship:

  • Scholarships including the registration fee, intensive online Spanish course, a monthly payment of 750 euros and health insurance for Spain covering the academic period.
  • Exemption from the payment of registration fees.

Candidates from other countries may apply for a CIHEAM Zaragoza scholarship covering all or part of the registration fee.

About CIHEAM Zaragoza

CIHEAM is an intergovernmental organisation working towards multilateral cooperation for sustainable agriculture and fisheries in the Mediterranean region. It is composed of 13 member countries (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Türkiye).

CIHEAM Zaragoza is the headquarters of the organisation in Spain. It was created in 1969 and is located on the Aula Dei Campus, one of the most prestigious agriculture and food research and technology complexes in the country. From this top-level scientific and technical hub, the Institute offers international training and promotes research and cooperation to address the main challenges facing agriculture, livestock, fisheries, forestry, the environment, and natural resources in the Mediterranean. CIHEAM Zaragoza grows by networking and collaborates with experts and organisations around the world to build capacities and transfer knowledge.