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University of Birmingham - College of Life and Environmental Sciences MSc in Hydrogeology
University of Birmingham - College of Life and Environmental Sciences

MSc in Hydrogeology

Birmingham, United Kingdom

1 Years


Full time, Part time

31 Aug 2024*

Sep 2024

GBP 10,530 **


* UK students| international students: 1 July 2024

** for UK full-time students |for UK students part-time: £5,265| for international full-time students: £29,340


The Birmingham Hydrogeology MSc is the longest-running groundwater MSc course in the UK. Our alumni comprise a large proportion of the groundwater professionals in the UK and many more in another 50 or so countries, all contributing significantly to both human and environmental well-being.

Why is hydrogeology important?

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 of 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. As a vital resource, groundwater 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 organizations. Jobs are varied and challenging.

Why join our Course?

The Course was established in the early 1970s by Professor John Lloyd. Having now been running for over 50 years, it is the longest-running groundwater MSc course in the UK, and possibly internationally.

As a result, its alumni comprise a large proportion of the groundwater professionals in the UK, and the Course has supplied professionals to more than 50 countries. It has, therefore, a very close and mutually beneficial relationship with industry, with over 40 external organizations (consultancies, regulators, research institutes, universities, and water companies) being involved each year through projects, guest lectures, seminars, mini-courses, fieldwork, prizes and scholarships, provision of software, and careers education.

Over its 50-year history, the Course has changed considerably, keeping in step with the latest research and technological advancement in the subject. The Course syllabus is periodically reviewed by a panel of experts from the industry to ensure that it provides the skillsets required by industry and academia.

The employment record for the Course is excellent. Demand for hydrogeologists is substantial and students from the Course are highly regarded by employers. It also provides an excellent foundation for research, and a significant proportion of graduates go on to take PhD studies.

Why study this course?

Our Hydrogeology MSc course aims to provide students with:

  • A comprehensive education in the fundamentals of groundwater science and engineering
  • Considerable practical experience

Upon graduation, students can tackle any groundwater problem that they may be faced with, no matter what the context - water resources, eco-environment, contamination, engineering, waste disposal, or geo-energy (or geographical) location.

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