Hydrology and Water Resources Management or (and Business Management) or (and Sustainable Development)

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First established in 1955 as Engineering Hydrology, known as Hydrology for Environmental Management from 2008; Hydrology is an earth science concerned with assessment of the natural distribution of water in time and space and with evaluating the impact of man-made changes on the distribution and quality of this water. Applied hydrology has been traditionally concerned with flood protection and water resource management.  Hydrologists are increasingly concerned with problems of pollutant transport in surface water, soils and groundwaters, and wider issues such as the effects of land use and climate change.

Course Objectives

  • Provide an integrated career in hydrology, water resources and/or environmental management;
  • Produce graduates equipped to pursue careers in industry, the public sector and non-governmental organisations;
  • Provide the basis for the recognition and understanding of the major features of hydrology;
  • Develop an understanding of how this knowledge may be applied in practice in an economic and environmentally sustainable manner;
  • Foster the acquisition and implementation of broad research and analytical skills related to the discipline;
  • Attract highly motivated students irrespective of race, gender, background and physical disability, from the UK and overseas;
  • Develop new areas of teaching in response to the advance of scholarship and the needs of the community including vocational training;
  • Provide an introduction to the subject for students from other relevant disciplines.

Course Structure

The year comprises two separate periods. The first comprising lectures, tutorials and individual coursework assignments, the second consisting of a research dissertation.  The dissertation may be undertaken at College, within a Partner Research Institute or university, or in collaboration with industry. Other projects have involved a period of data collection or field study abroad in countries including Sudan, Nepal, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Jordan, Pakistan, Malta, Nigeria and Tanzania.

The course maintains a careful balance between the issues affecting developing and the developed countries. Particular emphasis is placed on the selection of appropriate technology regardless of the area of application, based on economics and environmental impact  factors as well as the construction and operating skills available in the community.


Autumn Term

  • CI9-EE-07 Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • CI9-EE-12 Hydrogeology and Groundwater
  • CI9-EE-13 Hydroinformatics
  • CI9-EE-14 Hydrological Processes
  • CI9-EE-15 Hydrometry
  • CI9-EE-16 Irrigation
  • CI9-EE-18 Mathematical and Statistical Modelling
  • CI9-EE-19 Meteorology and Climate Change
  • CI9-EE-24 Urban Hydrology and Urban Drainage

Spring Term

  • CI9-EE-04 Contaminated Land and Groundwater
  • CI9-EE-06 Design Project
  • CI9-EE-09 Environmental Management in Developing Countries
  • CI9-EE-11 Groundwater Flow and Quality Modelling
  • CI9-EE-21 Rainfall-Runoff Modelling and Flood Hydrology
  • CI9-EE-23 Stochastic Hydrology
  • CI9-EE-25 Water Quality Modelling
  • CI9-EE-26 Water Resources Management

Term release

Over Two Years

Year 1

Autumn Term: attend for the whole term (11 weeks), students thereby taking the first half of the taught portion of the course.

Spring Term:  no attendance, but the time is available for revision prior to examinations; supervision will be provided for Dissertation work.

Summer Term:  take examination papers covering material taken from the Autumn Term.  This will involve attendance on two to three days in  late April/early May.  Supervision is provided for Dissertation work.

Year 2. 

 Autumn Term:  no attendance, but supervision is provided for Dissertation work.

Spring Term:  complete (11 weeks) attendance, students thereby attending the second half of the taught portion of the course.  Attend study tour during last week of term.

Summer Term:  take examination papers covering material from the Spring Term.  This will involve attendance on two to three days in late April/early May.  Supervision will be provided for Dissertation work during the remainder of the term.

Course work will be submitted at the time required for the full-time course, that is either during Year 1 Autumn term, or during Year 2 Spring and Summer terms, or later as appropriate.

The Dissertation will be submitted in late August of Year 2, in time for the September Examiners' meeting.

Minimum Entry requirements

  • A good Upper Second, or First Class Degree (or Overseas Equivalent), in engineering or another numerate discipline.
  • Good mathematical skills.
  • Relevant Postgraduate industrial experience is favoured.
  • Meet the College English language requirements for postgraduate applicants. 

Departmental MSc Scholarships

All candidates who have indicated their wish to be considered for available funding at the application stage.
Awards will be based on academic excellence and relevant experience. 
Number of awards: up to 17
Application Deadline: 31 March 2014

Value - full or partial tuition fee waiver

Please note that part-time study is not available to applicants requiring Tier 4 Visas.

Modules not taken with Business Management and Sustainable Development

CI9-EE-10 Environmental Analysis; CI9-EE-29 Containment Engineering; CI9-EE-01 Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatment; CI9-EE-05 Design Project; CI9-EE-15 Hydrometry; CI9-EE-16 Irrigation; CI9-EE-19 Meteorology and Climate Change; CI9-EE-11 Groundwater Flow and Quality Modelling; CI9-EE-06 Design Projects.

Add-on modules in Business Management and Sustainable Development

Each of these options comprise 120 hours of study and are taken as an alternative to the modules listed above.

Business Management

  • CI9-B1 Microeconomics
  • CI9-B2 Principles of Accounting
  • CI9-B3 Project Management
  • CI9-B4 Business Environments and Construction Law

Sustainable Development

  • CI9-SD1 Sustainable Development - Autumn Term
  • CI9-SD2 Sustainable Development - Spring Term

Business Management add-on module

Is designed to provide you with the ability to think about the business side of civil engineering, addressing key principles of accounting, microeconomics, business law, human resource management and project management, and to complement your core technical MSc programme.  Crossing all disciplines, it enables you to interact and work with students from our other civil engineering MSc programmes to broaden your appreciation of the wider engineering business, its context and complexity.


Business Management comprises four discrete units, taught over two terms (Microeconomics and Principles of Accounting in Autumn term, examined at the beginning of January; Project Management and Business Environments-Construction Law in Spring term, examined at the beginning of the Summer Term). Each exam is of two hours duration. Project Management is primarily assessed by hands-on project-based coursework. Each unit also has coursework assessment during term, including individual written work and classroom-based group work.

These options comprise 120 contact hours of study and are taken as an alternative to a corresponding Amount of core engineering study.

Entry Requirements

We look for good mathematical skills, in particular calculus. We would also look for a strong performance across the board in the first degree, to ensure that the student has a good grounding in the fundamentals, and permit a level of comfort required to switch between the disciplines. This is critical as you will be covering your core MSc material four days per week, and the business management subjects one day per week.

Sustainable Development add-on module

Is designed to provide you with the basic skills to incorporate the concepts of sustainable development into all the stages of an engineering project’s development. It is suitable for those who wish to direct their career towards issues of development and redevelopment, especially in the provision of infrastructure, and its renovation and renewal. You will gain the practical tools necessary to apply the principles of engineering for sustainable development in real world contexts.

Comprises three units, taught over the autumn and spring terms, and covered by one 3-hour written examination at the beginning of the summer term, multiple pieces of coursework, both in-class, group and individual and a design guide.  Recent DesignGuides have included an analysis of tourist accommodation in Switzerland, concrete manufacturing processes, packaging design, and transportation projects.  The choice of topics is very broad, as the goal is not to do a detailed analysis of a specific industry, but to gain an appreciation of the general sustainability tools and techniques that might be used for analysing any engineering system.  By contrast, the special projects are more technical and are typically based on work within the core MSc subject (e.g. structures, transport, etc), with sustainability elements in parallel.  A recent example performed a life-cycle assessment of alternative structural designs.

These options comprise 120 contact hours of study and are taken as an alternative to a corresponding Amount of core engineering study.

Entry Requirements

If your application to the core MSc programme is successful, you will receive a request to submit a  500-word essay entitled  for consideration for a place on the Sustainable Development module.  The title of the essay is "What is the biggest challenge facing your county's sustainable development in the next twenty years?" The reviewer is looking for the applicant to demonstrate an informed interest in the subject, as well as general writing skills.  Specific technical expertise (e.g. a precise definition of sustainable development) is less important as that is a learning outcome of the course itself.

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