Hydrogeology is the study of groundwater. Groundwater represents by far the largest volume of freshwater on Earth at any one point in time.
It plays a vital role in the environment, provides a major – often the only - water resource for a significant proportion of the world’s population, and often is the dominant factor in determining rock and soil engineering strength.
Hence, groundwater is an essential component for national infrastructure globally.
All major civil engineering and environmental projects require the input of hydrogeologists. It is also becoming increasingly important in the context of geoenergy. This vital resource requires management and protection, not least from over-abstraction, contamination, and emerging problems including climate change.
Employment is available in the UK and overseas, often with consultants, governments and regulators, and research organisations. Jobs are varied and challenging.
Throughout the world, the issues of water scarcity, water security, water economics, water health and sanitation, engineering, and geoenergy all rely on high-quality hydrogeology knowledge. Hence graduates with an MSc in Hydrogeology are in significant demand. In the UK, for example, Hydrogeologists are on the Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List.
Graduates of the Hydrogeology programme offered at the University of Birmingham provide a vital role in the development, protection, and remediation of groundwater, and in the management of groundwater in engineering and energy contexts. They include many with senior industrial, academic, and governmental positions, in the UK and overseas. A number have won national and international awards for their contributions to the understanding of groundwater. Many volunteer to contribute their expertise and get involved with the Course each year.
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- Groundwater Hydraulics
- Quantitative Analysis of Hydrological Processes
- Borehole Design, Construction and Maintenance
- Inorganic Chemistry and Groundwater
- Groundwater Organic Contaminant Pollution and Remediation
- Groundwater Flow Modelling
- Contaminant Transport Modelling
- Water Resources Studies
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , EEA/EU
- Apply before , National
DisciplinesGeology Hydrology & Water Management View 68 other Masters in Hydrology & Water Management in United Kingdom
A 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject is normally required, but we will consider alternative qualifications and experience.
- Hydrogeology encompasses a broad range of subject matter, from geology, through hydraulics, to aqueous and non-aqueous chemistry. As a result, practicing hydrogeologists have a wide range of backgrounds, and hence we welcome applicants with a wide range of first degree subjects, including geosciences
- An upper school training in mathematics (e.g., for the UK, AS, A-level, or Scottish Higher in Mathematics) or an equivalent in your degree course covering basic calculus is more than sufficient. However, if, like a significant minority of our students, you do not have such qualifications, we can send you details for undertaking appropriate pre-course mathematics tuition, and you can participate in our revision sessions on mathematics.
International24480 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 24480 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
National9500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 9500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
- £4,750 PT - UK
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