Newcastle University: Hydrology and Water Management MSc

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Department School of Engineering
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Our Hydrology and Water Management MSc gives you the theoretical and practical skills for a career in water and environmental industries.

  • About this course

Our Hydrology and water Management MSc provides you with the opportunity to understand water and its: - nature

  • occurrence

  • characterisation

  • management.

You’ll choose one of our specialist pathways to enhance your knowledge, including: - climate change

  • catchment hydrology and instrumentation

  • hydroinformatics

  • flood risk management.

What you'll learn

You’ll be able to understand: - key 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.

Your development

On completion of the course, you will have developed intellectual and practical skills relevant to industry including: - apply appropriate mathematical methods for modelling and analysing relevant problems

  • use scientific principles to develop mathematical and environmental solutions to practical problems

  • create new products or methodologies by combining ideas from a wide range of sources

  • planning, executing and reporting research projects

  • designing water infrastructure schemes

  • use of instrumentation, IT tools and hydroinformatic technologies.

You will be required to earn a total of 180 credits throughout the course, including 120 credits in semesters 1 and 2 with 60 credits as part of a dissertation project in the third semester. You will be taught through a combination of: - lectures

  • tutorials

  • practical classes

  • coursework

  • site visits.


The School Engineering has an exceptional range of laboratories equipped with a wide range of analytical instrumentation supporting our research, teaching and contract research projects. These include: - Novak Hydraulics and Hydrology Laboratory

  • numerous catchment-based field sites

  • Chemical and Biological Research Laboratories

  • Geotechnics, Soils and Structures Research Laboratories.


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