MSc in Soil and Water Engineering

Msc In Agricultural Engineering With Specialisation In Soil And Water Engineering

Why choose this course?

The courseis designed and delivered by a team consisting of industrial practitioners and leading academics drawn from the School of Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of UR-CAVM and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) from Sweden.

The programme provides learners with a holistic framework for understanding the field of irrigation engineering while at the same time imparting knowledge, skill and aptitude needed in the design, operation, and maintenance of different irrigation systems within the hillylandscape and socio-economic context of Rwanda, and the broader Eastern African setting and sub-Saharan Africa.

The programme also gives deep insights into soil tillage machinery and its energy use, establishes the link between tillage and soil/water conservation, weed control, and the improvement or degradation of soil physical properties such as aeration, water holding capacity and structure.

The programme provides the tools required in assessing the impacts of irrigation/drainage practices, in the monitoring, prevention, and remediation of major environmental issues such as soil salinization/pollution, saltation and surface/ground water pollution.

Learners also acquire the knowledge and skills of water harvesting systems and soil conservation techniquesand develop critical understanding of complex environment of soil-water-plant relationships and soil nutrients management.

The programme is an integration of scientific, technical, managerial concepts to produce graduates with the ability to inform and brief legislators on soil & water policies.

What you study

The programme is organized in modules made of lectures, field visits, self-studies, problem sets and projects. The programme teaches researchmethods, data mining, modelling and simulation of soil & water systems, and makes use of GIS and Soil & Water applications and Topographical survey methods.

Three modules will be taught for two semesters in the first year, followed by a Thesis project done by the candidate in the third and fourth semesters of the second year under the supervision of the supervisor:

  1. Advances in Irrigation Engineering (with only one module component: Irrigation planning, design and construction),
  2. Soil and Water Conservation (with three module components: Estimation of sediment yield and its predictions; Soil conservation techniques; Design of water harvesting systems),
  3. Design of Water Conservation Structures(with three modules: Design, construction and management of farm ponds; Design of different types of spillways; Operation and maintenance of small dams)

The requirement to earn the degree of MSc in Agricultural Engineering with specialization in Soil & Water Engineering is the successful completion of 240 credits with prescribed marks in a duration of two years.

Your future

Graduates of MSc in Agricultural Engineering with specialization in Soil & water Engineering can find employment as Irrigation and Drainage Engineers; Soil and Water Conservation Manager; Erosion Control Specialist; Water Resources Engineer; Hydrology Specialist; Hydraulics Engineer; Flood Control Engineer; Ground Water Specialist; Water Conservation Specialist; Water Quality Specialist; Environmental Economist; Irrigation Economist; Land Surveyors; Farm Planner; Land Manager; Land reclamation Specialist; Land resources Specialist; Watershed  Manager; Conservation Engineer;  Environmental Planner and Analyst;  Environmental Engineer;  Natural Resources Specialist; Soil and Water Educationist;  Research scientist and academic; Extension officers and as Agricultural Engineers.

Eligibility criteria

The student to be admitted to MSc in Agricultural Engineering with specialization in Soil & water Engineering should have completed BSc in Soil & Water Management, Irrigation & Drainage, Water Resources Management, Agricultural Mechanization, Soil Science and Soil & Environmental Management, Civil Engineering or its equivalent from a recognized university.

In case of BSc degree from fields other than those listed above, submission of additional documentation along with the application is needed so that the University can assess eligibility.

Additional information

For more information on the programme, please contact

The coordinator of the programme, Email: or

The Dean of School of Agricultural Engineering and Environmental Management, Email: