Your complete guide to a master's in Hydrology & Water Management

Everything you need to know about studying a master's in Hydrology & Water Management

part of Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences

Hydrology is studying the movement, distribution and quality of water on our planet. Hydrology focuses on following the cycle of water in nature, from evaporation, condensation, movement and returning on Earth as precipitation, and then back to the oceans through rivers. Hydrology also studies the ballance between the water cycle and the planet’s climate, and the impact climate change has on this process.

Water Management is related to the development of policies and regulations concerning the preservation and protection of clean water sources as well as measures to minimise climate change impact on water. Water management also includes treatment of drinking water, industrial water, sewage and wastewater, flood protection and more.

Hydrology uses methods and knoledge from Chemistry, Biology and Physics, while Water Management is more connected to disciplines such as Sustainability and Resource Management.

The field of study covers subjects such as hydrogeology, marine hydrology, drainage basin management, water quality, irrigation, water conservation and water treatment. Hydrology and Water Management students will learn how to assess available amounts of water in a certain region, establish quantities of drinking water, study the potential impact of floods and design ways to prevent them, evaluate how polution impacts the quality of water, and much more.

Hydrology and Water Management graduates closely work with environmental engineers, geologists and civil engineers. Opportunities after graduating Hydrology and Water Management cover jobs as a group manager in a private company, university lecturer, scientists in hydrology or water resources consultant in a state agency.

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Check out our list of Master's degrees in Hydrology & Water Management. Keep in mind you can also study an online Masters in Hydrology & Water Management.

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Best Universities for Hydrology & Water Management on MastersPortal

Universities Location Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (2017)
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) Delft, Netherlands 1
ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich, Switzerland 2
The University of Arizona Tucson, United States 3
Beijing Normal University Beijing, China 4
Wageningen University and Research Wageningen, Netherlands 5
University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia 6
University of Queensland Saint Lucia, Australia 8
Texas A&M University College Station, United States 9
University of California, Davis Davis, United States 10
University of Bristol Bristol, United Kingdom 11
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Urbana, United States 12
Tsinghua University Beijing, China 13
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland 14
University of Tehran, Kish International Campus Kish, Iran 15
Ghent University Ledeberg, Belgium 16
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, United States 17
Flinders University Adelaide, Australia 18
University of Lisbon Lisbon, Portugal 18
University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon, Canada 18
University of Texas at Austin Austin, United States 21
Utrecht University Utrecht, Netherlands 22
National University of Singapore Singapore, Singapore 23
National Taiwan University Taipei, Taiwan 24
University of Padua Padua, Italy 25
University of Waterloo Waterloo, Canada 26
Wuhan University Wuhan, China 27
Nanyang Technological University Singapore, Singapore 28
Tongji University Shanghai, China 29
KU Leuven Brussels, Belgium 30
Colorado School of Mines Golden, United States 31
Stanford University Stanford, United States 32
University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada 33
University of Colorado at Boulder Boulder, United States 33
Oregon State University Corvallis, United States 35
Monash University Clayton, Australia 36
Northwest A & F University Xi'an, China 37
Vienna University of Technology Vienna, Austria 38
University of California, Irvine (UCI) Irvine, United States 39
University of Oslo Oslo, Norway 40
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Copenhagen, Denmark 41
University of Aberdeen Aberdeen, United Kingdom 42
Nanjing University Nanjing, China 43
University Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier Toulouse, France 43
Islamic Azad University Of Dezful Shushtar, Iran 45
Pennsylvania State University State College, United States 46
Colorado State University Fort Collins, United States 47
Duke University Durham, United States 48
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Thuwal, Saudi Arabia 48
Polytechnic University of Catalonia Esplugues de Llobregat, Spain 50
AgroParisTech - Institut des Sciences et Industries du Vivant et de l'Environnement Paris, France 101
Arizona State University Tempe, United States 101
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Beersheba, Israel 101
Columbia University New York City, United States 101
Curtin University Perth, Australia 101
Dalian University of Technology Dalian, China 101
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, United States 101
Grenoble INP, Graduate schools of Engineering and Management, Université Grenoble Alpes Grenoble, France 101
Kyoto University Kyoto, Japan 101
Laval University Québec, Canada 101
McMaster University Hamilton, Canada 101
National Technical University of Athens Athens, Greece 101
Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom 101
North Carolina State University Raleigh, United States 101
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Madrid, Spain 101
Portland State University Portland, United States 101
Sapienza University of Rome Roma, Italy 101
Swansea University Swansea, United Kingdom 101
Australian National University Canberra, Australia 101
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 101
The Ohio State University Upper Arlington, United States 101
The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 101
The University of Tokyo Tokyo, Japan 101
UCL London, United Kingdom 101
University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada 101
University of Birmingham Birmingham, United Kingdom 101
University of Bonn Bonn, Germany 101
University of California, Riverside Riverside, United States 101
University of Copenhagen Copenhagen, Denmark 101
University of Cordoba Cordova, Spain 101
University of Freiburg Freiburg, Germany 101
University of Guelph Guelph, Canada 101
The University of Iowa Iowa City, United States 101
University of Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland 101
University of Leeds Leeds, United Kingdom 101
University of Naples Federico II Naples, Italy 101
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna Vienna, Austria 101
University of Ottawa Ottawa, Canada 101
University of Palermo Palermo, Italy 101
University of Potsdam Potsdam, Germany 101
University of Regina Regina, Canada 101
University of South Australia Adelaide, Australia 101
University of Stuttgart Stuttgart, Germany 101
University of Tabriz Tabriz, Iran 101
University of Technology Sydney Sydney, Australia 101
University of Toronto Pickering, Canada 101
University Putra Malaysia Kampong Baharu Balakong, Malaysia 101
Utah State University Logan, United States 101
Yale University New Haven, United States 101
Aalto University Helsinki, Finland 151
China University of Geosciences Wuhan Wuhan, China 151
Cranfield University Cranfield, United Kingdom 151
Durham University Durham, United Kingdom 151
Florida International University Miami, United States 151
Hanyang University Seoul, South Korea 151
Hokkaido University Sapporo, Japan 151
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur Khargapur, India 151
Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee Roorkee, India 151
Istanbul Technical University Istanbul, Turkey 151
James Cook University Townsville, Australia 151
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, United States 151
King Saud University Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 151
Lund University Lund, Sweden 151
National Autonomous University of Mexico Coyoacán, Mexico 151
National Cheng Kung University Tainan, Taiwan 151
Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse Toulouse, France 151
Seoul National University Anyang, South Korea 151
Tarbiat Modares University Tehran, Iran 151
TU Berlin Berlin, Germany 151
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology Haifa, Israel 151
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Jerusalem, Israel 151
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 151
University of Auckland Auckland, New Zealand 151
University of Calgary Calgary, Canada 151
University of Newcastle Newcastle, Australia 151
University of Basel Basel, Switzerland 151
University of Calabria Rende, Italy 151
University of Connecticut Storrs, United States 151
University of Florence Florence, Italy 151
University of Geneva Genève, Switzerland 151
University of Göttingen Göttingen, Germany 151
University of Idaho Moscow, United States 151
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, United States 151
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, United States 151
University of Montreal Montréal, Canada 151
University of Neuchâtel Neuchâtel, Switzerland 151
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Las Vegas, United States 151
University of Oklahoma Norman, United States 151
University of Oxford Oxford, United Kingdom 151
University of Porto Porto, Portugal 151
University of Quebec in Montreal Montréal, Canada 151
University of Sao Paulo São Paulo, Brazil 151
Savoie Mont Blanc University Chambéry, France 151
University of Science and Technology of China Hefei, China 151
University Sains Malaysia George Town, Malaysia 151
University of Trento Trento, Italy 151
University of Utah Salt Lake City, United States 151
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Brussels, Belgium 151
California Institute of Technology - Caltech Pasadena, United States 51
Cornell University Ithaca, United States 51
Harbin Institute of Technology Harbin, China 51
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Karlsruhe, Germany 51
McGill University Montréal, Canada 51
Politecnico di Milano Milano, Italy 51
Polytechnic University of Valencia Valencia, Spain 51
Princeton University Princeton, United States 51
Sun Yat-sen University Guangzhou, China 51
Imperial London, United Kingdom 51
University of Adelaide Adelaide, Australia 51
Melbourne Business School Melbourne, Australia 51
University of Reading Reading, United Kingdom 51
Université Grenoble Alpes Grenoble, France 51
University Teknologi Malaysia Sekudai, Malaysia 51
University of Barcelona Barcelona, Spain 51
University of Bologna Bologna, Italy 51
The University of Exeter Exeter, United Kingdom 51
University of Florida Gainesville, United States 51
University of Twente (UT) Enschede, Netherlands 51
University of Washington Seattle, United States 51
Uppsala University Uppsala, Sweden 51
Virginia Tech Blacksburg, United States 51
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands 51
Zhejiang University Hangzhou, China 51
Aarhus University Aarhus, Denmark 76
China Agricultural University Beijing, China 76
Griffith University Nathan, Australia 76
Lancaster University Lancaster, United Kingdom 76
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cambridge, United States 76
Michigan State University East Lansing, United States 76
Peking University Beijing, China 76
Sorbonne University Paris, France 76
Purdue University West Lafayette, United States 76
Stockholm University Stockholm, Sweden 76
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Uppsala, Sweden 76
The University of Western Australia Perth, Australia 76
TU Dresden Dresden, Germany 76
University of Bern Bern, Switzerland 76
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Los Angeles, United States 76
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, United States 76
University of Girona Girona, Spain 76
University of Maryland College Park, United States 76
University of Minnesota Twin Cities Minneapolis, United States 76
University of Montpellier Montpellier, France 76
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, United States 76
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, United States 76
University of Rennes Rennes, France 76
University of Tübingen Tübingen, Germany 76
University of Zurich Zürich, Switzerland 76
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