MSc Degree in Hydrogeology
United Kingdom, Birmingham
MSc Degree in Hydrogeology
Why Birmingham MSc Hydrogeology?
• Longest running hydrogeology MSc course in the UK (48 years; >800 graduates from > 50 countries)
• Very strong and vibrant graduate network worldwide in consultancy, academia, and regulatory sectors
• Extensive industry involvement (over 40 groundwater organisations)
• Outstanding employment opportunities with well-recognised shortage and increasing demand for hydrogeologists in many countries worldwide
This MSc course is designed for those looking for a fascinating, varied career that is aimed at safeguarding both human and environmental well-being, including in the context of climate change. Offering a comprehensive education in the theory and practice of groundwater science and engineering, the course provides an excellent basis for careers in scientific, engineering and environmental consultancies, water companies, major industries, research, and government scientific and regulatory services in the UK and abroad. Hydrogeology is a multidisciplinary subject and we welcome students from a range of science backgrounds, including geosciences, engineering, physics, mathematics, chemistry, biosciences, computer sciences, and environmental sciences. The lecture component of the programme encompasses the full range of hydrogeology topics, including groundwater resources, contamination, remediation, and engineering. A wide choice of project topics is also available, including many with industry. The MSc is a full 12-month programme, though we also offer a ‘split registration’ option that allows the course to be taken over two years.
The taught part of the course is divided between two terms of 11 weeks. The autumn term (September to December) includes a week of fieldwork where a range of field testing and sampling is undertaken on the University campus research borehole array and visits are made to a range of sites in the UK where, for example, groundwater remediation, wetland conservation, river augmentation, waste disposal, or drilling can be seen in action. Students also attend a national research conference.
In the spring term (January to March), in addition to the taught modules, there is a programme of seminars involving industry speakers. From May to August students undertake an individual project. Projects are often with groundwater/environmental consultants or with government bodies, or may be associated with staff research. They may be based in the UK or overseas, and be focused on field work, laboratory work, computer modelling, or a combination of these.
Career openings include those with consulting engineering and environmental firms, government scientific services and regional water companies, both in this country and abroad. Demand for hydrogeologists is substantial and students from the course are highly regarded by employers.
Organised by Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences.