The Master Programme: One Academic Year  (60 ECTS)

The Master Programme provides a one-year curriculum whose main objective is to prepare students towards professional and academic careers for the promotion of a sustainable use of land and water in agriculture, in view of important challenges that include water/land scarcity, population growth, climate change and correlated environmental and socio-economic burdens. A major focus will be on the application of modern technologies and tools that integrate agronomic, engineering, environmental and socio-economic aspects of land and water management in agriculture.

Candidates will follow theoretical and practical sessions that aim at framing the water and land resources management within a sustainable development perspective of agriculture and food sectors. The programme presents basic principles and advanced topics of the latest scientific and technological achievements, discussing challenges for the best exploitation of resources and options for a sustainable management at farm and large-scale level. Irrigation technologies and systems are analysed according to technical, social, economic, and environmental issues, taking into considerations the application of innovative “green” management solutions.

Courses are addressed to new graduate students and young professionals with a university background related to agronomic, irrigation, agricultural engineering and socio-economic issues

At the end of the programme, students will acquire the following skills and competencies:

- treat water management issues in the context of sustainability of agriculture and food systems, taking into consideration the challenges of climate change, resource scarcity, societal changes, food insecurity;

- manage water resource in a variety of agroecosystems for land conservation and increase the water use efficiency in the irrigation sector;

- use a range of alternative water resources, including saline and treated wastewater, for irrigation purposes;

- plan and evaluate irrigation projects, at farm and large-scale level to optimize water/land/nutrient use, considering societal/institutional aspects and economic criteria;

- use latest technologies and tools for a sustainable management of water resources at different scales and in different agroecosystems.

For major detail, download below the 2020/21 AY Master Infosheet

The levels required to apply for admission to the Master Programme are:

  • Three years of university studies (180 ECTS);
  • Four years of university studies (240 ECTS);
  • Four years out of five (240 ECTS), upon agreement between the sending University and CIHEAM Bari according to which the year attended at CIHEAM Bari is recognized as fifth year by the University of origin in order to graduate;
  • Five years of university studies (300 ECTS);
  • Professionals having a degree (3-4years) and at least 2 years of experience in a field related to the Master Programme.



The Master of Science Programme: Two Academic Years  (120 ECTS)

The Master of Science Programme in "Sustainable Water and Land Management in Agriculture" provides a two-year curriculum for graduates holding the title of agricultural or hydraulic engineers. 

Access to the 2nd year is only guaranteed to students who have successfully completed the first year and have met all the prerequisites set by the Institute (for first year please refer to the above mentioned programme).

The 2nd year is based on the “problem solving” approach and research themes are derived from specific and relevant problems for which a practical technical solution is sought. Applied research themes and experimental works are developed. In a rigorous scientific framework, works are targeted to innovatory solutions that are feasible in the integrated land and water system they are designed for. 

The main research topics for MSc theses in Sustainable Water and Land Management in Agriculture are:

  • Eco-Efficiency analysis of irrigation
  • Impact of treated wastewater use on the cropping pattern, irrigation management and hydraulic performance of irrigation network
  • Generation of the discharge hydrograph in large scale irrigation system
  • Modernization of an on-demand pressurized irrigation systems: Assessment of the flexibility impact on the cost effectiveness
  • Formulation of a physically-based pedotransfer function to determine soil hydraulic parameters for an agro-hydrological model
  • Energy and Hydraulic Performance-Based Management of Large-Scale Pressurized Irrigation Systems
  • Actual soil erosion loss and sediment yield estimation in the Candelaro watershed of Apulia region in Italy using the G2 model
  • Characterization, modeling and participatory simulations of water use and development strategies at the level of rural households and rural territories
  • The impact of conversion from surface irrigation to drip irrigation on groundwater exploitation
  • Combination of new sensor technologies, satellite navigation and positioning technology to manage irrigation, fertilisation and applying automated optical sensing to detect diseases undetectable by traditional means

During the second year, some students will be guided towards a PhD programme jointly carried out by Italian Universities and CIHEAM Bari.



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