Entry requirements

Normally a First or Upper Second-class Honours degree from a UK University or equivalent overseas qualification, in Earth Sciences, Geology, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering or other relevant disciplines. Two supportive academic references and/or appropriate professional experience or achievements. Although normally at least an Upper Second Class honours degree is required, slightly lower degree classifications may be considered if there is significant relevant professional/industry experience.

In all cases, for candidates whose first language is not English, minimum standards of written and spoken English are an IELTS score of 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5). Applicants with slightly lower scores have the opportunity to attend the University's Pre-Sessional English classes. to bring up their level to this standard.

Months of entry


Course content

This one year MSc in Hydrogeology, will prepare students as functional hydrogeologists to meet the needs of industry, regulators, NGOs, government and consultants throughout the UK, Europe, N America and the rest of the world.

Hydrogeology (or groundwater hydrology) is the “study of the occurrence, circulation, distribution, and properties of any liquid water residing beneath the surface of the earth” (McGraw-Hill, 2003). Throughout the globe, the issue of water scarcity, water security, water economics and health and sanitation all rely on high quality hydrogeology knowledge. This MSc will prepare students as functional hydrogeologists to meet the needs of industry, regulators, NGOs, government and consultants.

The MSc provides students with the theoretical and practical skills to succeed in a career as a hydrogeologist, preparing students for life beyond the course with extensive opportunities for developing practical skills and forging links with industry. Students are afforded the opportunity to work with hydrogeological organisations contributing to on-going projects; conduct their own laboratory experiments to reinforce taught theory; participate in discussions with visiting external and conduct linked research/projects in Africa, the Middle East and Asia as part of a final thesis.

Information for international students

International Students are most welcome on this course and most of the examples and focus of the course are on Global Hydrogeology and Groundwater Resources.

For further information visit our website: International students

Fees and funding

UK students
£3,900; £9,000
International students

Please visit our website for information: Scholarships & funding opportunities

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Prof Robert Kalin
+44 (0)141 548 3277