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5407f - Hydrogeology and Water Management MSc

Hydrogeology and Water Management MSc

Our Hydrogeology master's gives you theoretical and practical skills for a career in the water and environmental industries, with specialist focus on groundwater.

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The Hydrogeology and Water Management MSc provides a comprehensive education in water management. It has a specific focus on groundwater issues and techniques.

You'll develop technical skills built on the latest science. You'll also broaden your understanding of policy and practice. This will be relevant to developing a professional career in the water industry.

Our MSc is for both practising professionals and graduates in subjects such as:

  • engineering
  • geography
  • environmental sciences
  • earth sciences
  • mathematics
  • physics
  • geology
  • chemistry
  • computer sciences
  • geomatics

The needs of industry and government policy and our strong industrial engagement help shape our degree programmes. You'll gain from this engagement through:

  • industry guest lectures
  • site visits
  • projects

Our graduates are in high demand. Particularly in consultancies and regulatory bodies in the UK and worldwide. You'll graduate with enhanced skills and knowledge, preparing you for a wide range of career opportunities.


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What you'll learn

The course provides an advanced knowledge and understanding of:

  • key scientific and technical subject areas such as hydrology and hydraulics
  • the theoretical basis for methods of analysis and modelling
  • the regulatory and socio-economic aspects of water management
  • specific examples of water management, drawing on examples from developing and industrialised countries

These provide the basis for development of skills and experience in areas including:

  • programming for data management and modelling
  • field-based hydrometric measurement
  • application of software used in industry

Most of our students undertake the full set of standard compulsory water modules. You also choose one optional module. This provides a coherent integrated educational experience. You may also be able to select modules from other MSc courses (with the agreement of the Degree Programme Director).

This MSc programme is closely aligned with its partner course Hydrology and Water Management. This provides more focus on surface water hydrology in its specialist options.

The taught modules during Semester 1 are identical in both MScs. You therefore have opportunity to change course after starting the programme if you decide you would like to follow this speciality.

Specialist modules in Semester 2 include topics in:

  • hydrogeological assessment
  • borehole design
  • contamination.

All students take a module in groundwater modelling.


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

Technical skills

You'll be guided throughout the course to develop your technical understanding and skills through a range of learning and teaching approaches. These include:

  • lectures and seminars from leading academics, researchers, and experts from a range of industry organisations
  • extensive use of hands-on field and computer-based studies. 

Transferable skills

  • critical evaluation and design
  • individual time and project management
  • working with colleagues
  • writing for technical audiences

Intellectual and practical skills

  • applying mathematical methods for modelling and analysing relevant problems
  • using scientific principles to develop mathematical and environmental solutions to practical problems
  • creating new products or methodologies by combining ideas from a wide range of sources
  • planning, executing and reporting research projects
  • designing water infrastructure schemes, specifically focusing on borehole design and operation
  • using instrumentation, IT tools and hydroinformatic technologies

Field activity

You'll be taken on a series of ‘hydrological walks’ in the Newcastle area and the North East.

Your future

Graduate destinations

Graduate destinations include:

  • Environment Agency of England and Wales
  • British Geological Survey
  • local government
  • water companies
  • major multi-disciplinary international consultancies and specialist consultancies in the groundwater sector such as:
    • Arup
    • Mott MacDonald
    • Atkins
    • ESI

Our degree programme also provides a route into further study at PhD level.

Networking opportunities

You'll benefit from our multidisciplinary approach to teaching. You'll have the opportunity to engage with fellow students from other engineering disciplines and courses. This includes international students from around the world on our Hydroinformatics and Water Management (Euro Aquae) MSc.

You'll be working alongside industry professional delegates taking modules as Continuing Professional Development. This provides a rich and diverse learning experience and a network allowing you to enhance your employability.

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


The School Engineering has an exceptional range of laboratories equipped with a wide range of analytical instrumentation. These support our research, teaching and contract research projects. These include:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

How to apply

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  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

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