MSc Applied Environmental Hydrogeology

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    1 year full time, 2 years part time

Course Description

Become part of the next generation of sustainable hydrogeologists who will oversee and manage the global water crisis in the coming decades.

Groundwater resources are under threat around the globe from:

  • over-exploitation
  • anthropogenic contamination
  • climate change
  • land-use change

These threats put human and ecosystem health at risk by increasing the likelihood of water scarcity, water conflict, and water-related diseases.

Our MSc Applied Environmental Hydrogeology will develop your skills to tackle these challenges and sustainably manage groundwater resources to protect human and ecosystem health.

You will learn to become a critical, innovative thinker in the field of hydrogeology with a focus on sustainable environmental practices.

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent in appropriate natural science or engineering subjects (for example, Geosciences, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biosciences, and Environmental Sciences).


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Student Destinations

Graduates with hydrogeology skills are in very high demand. There is an expected shortage of hydrogeologists that will continue for the next decade.

There is increasing demand for ‘water numerate’ professionals that can scientifically address many of the water and energy-resource and geoengineering challenges facing society today.

As a hydrogeologist, you can seek a variety of interesting, in-demand, and environmentally responsible careers.

You will be equipped to work in a range of areas such as:

  • contaminated site remediation
  • monitoring and regulating groundwater quality
  • radioactive waste disposal
  • managed aquifer recharge
  • minimising impacts from resource extraction
  • ground source heating and geothermal energy
  • large infrastructure projects
  • managing land subsidence
  • agriculture
  • natural hazards

Module Details

You will explore a range of topics, including:

  • water resources management
  • energy storage
  • geofluid interaction (compressed air, methane, hydrogen)
  • waste storage (solid, CO2, nuclear)
  • energy resource exploitation (geothermal, conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons)
  • remediating brownfield and legacy mining sites
  • wider groundwater issues such as legislation, economics, climate change, land use and sustainability

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