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Applied Environmental Hydrogeology

The University of Edinburgh

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
Duration
28400 GBP/year
14500 GBP/year
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About

The MSc Applied Environmental Hydrogeology from The University of Edinburgh develops your skills to tackle these challenges, and sustainably manage groundwater resources to protect human and ecosystem health.

Overview

Be part of the next generation of sustainable hydrogeologists that will oversee and contribute to managing the global water crisis in the coming decades.

Groundwater resources are under threat around the globe from:

  • over-exploitation
  • anthropogenic contamination
  • climate change
  • land-use change

These threats put human and ecosystem health at risk by increasing the likelihood of water scarcity, water conflict, and water-related diseases.

The MSc Applied Environmental Hydrogeology from The University of Edinburgh develops your skills to tackle these challenges, and sustainably manage groundwater resources to protect human and ecosystem health.

Why Edinburgh

This exciting new MSc is unique from other hydrogeology programmes, as it focuses on combining modern quantitative skills, including computational analysis, with traditional field skills.

You will learn to become a critical, innovative thinker in the field of hydrogeology with a focus on sustainable environmental practises.

What is hydrogeology?

Hydrogeology focuses on subsurface flow processes with an emphasis on protecting water resources.

Groundwater resources supply a majority of the world’s population with a portion of their daily water needs and approximately 40% of the world’s crop irrigation. It is widely acknowledged that these resources are over-exploited and threatened with anthropogenic contamination.

Our inability to sustainably manage essential groundwater resources is already contributing to global crises such as:

  • water conflicts in the Middle-East
  • water-related disease outbreaks
  • ongoing flood events across the UK

Also, legacy contamination issues threaten the safety of dwindling groundwater supplies, such as:

  • nuclear waste
  • coal mine drainage and changes to regional hydrogeology
  • nutrient runoff due to anthropogenic farm practises
  • heavy industry along with emerging contaminants

Highly skilled and numerate hydrogeologists are needed to manage these issues, ensuring continued access to safe groundwater for domestic, industrial and agricultural use.

As a hydrogeologist, you get to explore topics such as:

  • water resources management
  • energy storage
  • geofluid interaction
  • waste storage
  • energy resource exploitation
  • remediating brownfield and legacy mining sites
  • wider groundwater issues such as legislation, economics, climate change, land use and sustainability
How will I learn?

A distinctive feature of this programme is our emphasis on quantitative methods such as state-of-the-art computational tools.

Quantitative methods are now regarded as required skills for modern hydrogeologists to tackle complex water issues.

You will become adept in the application of quantitative skills to inform scientifically-driven decision-making and explore the nuanced, interconnected processes driving groundwater management.

The use of state-of-the-art computational methods is featured alongside foundational themes of aquifer characterisation, groundwater processes, biogeochemistry, engineering geology and field skills in the context of groundwater contamination and remediation, legislation, economics, and climate and sustainability.

Career opportunities

Graduates with hydrogeology skills are in very high demand. There is an expected shortage of hydrogeologists that will continue for the next decade.

There is an increasing demand for 'water numerate' professionals able to scientifically address many of the water- and energy-resource and geo-engineering challenges facing society today.

As a hydrogeologist, you can seek a variety of interesting, in-demand, and environmentally responsible careers.

You will be equipped to work in a range of areas such as:

  • contaminated site remediation
  • monitoring and regulating groundwater quality
  • radioactive waste disposal
  • managed aquifer recharge
  • minimising impacts from resource extraction
  • ground source heating and geothermal energy
  • large infrastructure projects
  • managing land subsidence
  • agriculture
  • natural hazards
  • international development work focused on delivering safe water for drinking and sanitation

Programme Structure

Topics

You will explore a range of topics including:

  • water resources management
  • energy storage
  • geofluid interaction (compressed air, methane, hydrogen)
  • waste storage (solid, CO2, nuclear)
  • energy resource exploitation (geothermal, conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons)
  • remediating brownfield and legacy mining sites
  • wider groundwater issues such as legislation, economics, climate change, land use and sustainability

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Language

English
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Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Other requirements

General requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent in appropriate natural science or engineering subjects (for example, Geosciences, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biosciences, and Environmental Sciences).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28400 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    14500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Part-time fees 2 years / year

  • Home: £7,250
    • International/EU: £14,200

Funding

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