Taught course


University of Birmingham · School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements

Entry to our taught and research programmes usually requires a good Honours degree, or the equivalent if you have been educated outside the UK.

If your qualifications are non-standard or different from the entry requirements stated in this prospectus, please contact the relevant school or department to discuss whether your application would be considered.

Please note: that entry to many programmes is highly competitive; consequently we also consider your skills, attributes, motivation and potential for success when deciding whether to make an offer.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a vocational programme relevant to graduates with good Honours degrees in appropriate subjects (for example, Geology, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Environmental Sciences). It is important to have a good knowledge of mathematics.

The lecture component of the programme encompasses the full range of hydrogeology. Modules cover drilling, well design, aquifer test analysis, laboratory test analysis, groundwater flow, hydrogeophysics, inorganic chemistry of groundwaters, organic contamination of groundwater, contaminated land and remediation, groundwater modelling, contaminant transport, hydrology, and groundwater resources assessment.

The course runs over 12 months from September to September. In the Autumn and Spring terms the subject is developed in lectures and practical sessions interspersed with fieldwork, a seminar series and at least one visit to a national hydrogeological meeting.

There is also a ‘split registration’ option in which it is possible to study the taught elements of the course over two consecutive years, the independent project being completed before the end of September in the second year.

The Course has 10 taught modules, each representing either 10 or 20 credits. The individual project is worth 60 credits.

  • Groundwater Hydraulics (20 credits)
  • Surface Water Interactions (10 credits)
  • Borehole Design, Construction, and Maintenance (10 credits)
  • Environmental Geophysics (10 credits)
  • Groundwater Management and Exploitation (10 credits)
  • Inorganic Chemistry and Groundwater (10 credits)
  • Groundwater organic contaminant pollution and remediation (20 credits)
  • Regional Groundwater Flow Modelling (10 credits)
  • Contaminant Transport Modelling (10 credits)
  • Water Resources Studies (10 credits)

For those requiring it, there are additional supporting sessions at the start of the year on those mathematical concepts relevant to the course.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 13 November 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: Postgraduate Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: Postgraduate Virtual Open Days

Information for international students

International students can find details of scholarships at www.international.bham.ac.uk/scholarships.htm

Fees and funding

UK students
£6,840 FT - £3,420 PT
International students
£18,900 FT

This programme currently has 11 NERC advanced programme studentships. Please visit: Postgraduate funding database

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations45
Written coursework / continuous assessment5

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005