The recognition of water-related issues as central to development debates worldwide  underscores their critical importance to human well-being and broader societal  progress. Nepal's unique context, with its diverse ecological, social, technical, and  economic landscapes, amplifies the complexity of these challenges. Nepal Engineering  College responded to this complexity by establishing a postgraduate course in water  resources management aiming to foster professionals with the interdisciplinary skills  needed to address the multifaceted nature of water management issues effectively. 

By integrating education, research, and knowledge dissemination, the course at Nepal  Engineering College is poised to make significant contributions to the understanding  and resolution of water-related challenges. Interdisciplinary approaches are particularly  crucial in this endeavor, as they enable a more comprehensive understanding of the  interconnected social, political, economic, and ecological dimensions of water issues. The demand for human resources in the water sector further underscores the relevance  and importance of such educational initiatives. By nurturing a skilled workforce, Nepal can strengthen its capacity for sustainable water management and contribute to broader development goals. 

The M.Sc. program in Interdisciplinary Water Resource Management, initiated in  November 2007, aims to train technical experts who can tackle emerging water  resources management issues through interdisciplinary (technical as well as social,  environmental, economic dimensions) knowledge and skills. 

The key outcomes of M.Sc in Interdisciplinary Water Resource Management program  on their graduates are:

  • Comprehensive understanding of the water uses and its management
  • Exhibit the ability to plan and execute a project in the related field
  • Analyze, evaluate and solve the issues related to the water resources  management 

Completing the M.Sc. iWRM program equips graduates with a robust skill set, blending  technical expertise with interdisciplinary knowledge essential for addressing complex  challenges in water resources management. With this comprehensive education,  graduates are poised to tackle professional challenges effectively. They possess the  capacity to conduct independent research, providing innovative solutions to real-world  problems encountered in the field of water resources management. This blend of core  technical skills and interdisciplinary understanding empowers them to excel as adept  water resources managers, contributing positively to the sustainable management of  this vital resource. 


Our graduates are mostly (but not limited to) working professionals from the government  bodies namely DHM, DoED, DOIWR, DoA, NEA, DWSS, KUKL similarly, several from  esteemed private firms and NGOs/INGOs.

Following the completion of their degree, a significant portion of them continue to  advance in their careers, taking on higher-level responsibilities. Additionally, a notable  number of graduates have pursued or are currently pursuing higher degrees at  international universities worldwide.

Recognition and Equivalence  

Aforementioned governmental institutions recognize the M.Sc. iWRM program for their employee promotion purposes.

Graduates of the M.Sc. iWRM program have achieved significant success, with some attaining positions up to the Joint-Secretary level, the gazette first-class officer rank.  Several alumni have reached positions at the under-secretary level, reflecting the  program's effectiveness in producing skilled professionals for leadership roles.

Eligibility Criteria 

Minimum Bachelor's degree in Science and Technology 

Engineering: Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Agriculture Engineering,  or other relevant engineering subjects.  

Applied Sciences: Environmental Science, Hydrology, Geology, Meteorology,  Agriculture, Biotechnology, other relevant applied sciences subjects.  

Natural Sciences : with 15 years of education completed from a recognized university or institution,  securing a minimum of second-division marks. 


A total of 30 seats is allocated to this program, among which 3-seats are reserved to the  university scholarship while other 27 seat are filled on merit basis.

Time and Duration 

Course Mode Duration 

MSc. iWRM Full-Time, Physical 2 years Regular (4+1) years  maximum

Classes are held at nec-CPS premises Prayag pokhari, Lalitpur. Timing of the lectures  allocated targeting the working professional so that they can work and learn  simultaneously. Timing: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM in summer and 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM in winter. 

Fee Structures 

Nepal Engineering College is not-for-profit, non-government, social institute of higher  technical education in Nepal. The fees for its programs are kept at nominal levels,  intended solely for self-sustainability rather than profit generation. A total of NRs.  405200/-, payable in four installments, covers the course expenses, with no additional miscellaneous fees imposed on students.

Application Procedure 

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