Master's Programme in Hydrology, Hydrogeology and Water Resources, 120 credits

Many environmental risks and societal concerns are directly related to the way we manage our land and water environments.

The two-year master program is based on a systems perspective and provides extended knowledge about water and soil systems and how these interact. This includes the spreading of dissolved substances and pollutants in various water systems and associated risks for society. Questions related to water resources are also covered: the management of water resources and conflicts as well as collaborations related to shared water resources on local, regional and global scales. The importance of water resources for both society and environment is emphasized through applications to practical water resources management challenges in society. Students completing the programme are expected to be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of hydrological and hydrogeological processes, the main components of the water cycle, and vulnerability and resilience of water resources, use models, mathematical equations and information systems as important tools for dealing with water related problems (including environmental aspects and ecological economics), handle hydrologic data, including methods for time series analyses and management of spatial data using geographic information systems (GIS) and geostatistics, and be able to quantify and handle uncertainty, probability and risk.

Programme overview

The two-year Master’s Programme consists of 120 credits (Second Level/Cycle, 2 years, daytime, study tempo 100%): 

  • 45 credits Mandatory advanced courses
  • 15-45 credits Optional courses
  • 30-60 credits Master thesis (mandatory)

Year 1

Autumn term

Period 1: Local to global water vulnerability and resilience, 15 credits (GE7025)

Period 2: Information and Modelling Systems for Land and Water Methods, 15 credits (GE8029)

Spring term

Period 1: 15 credits optional courses. Courses within the subject hydrolgy: Advance hydrology 7.5 credits (GE8032), Advanced Hydrogeology, 7.5 credits (GE8033) and Permafrost - Interactions with Ecosystems and Hydrology, 7.5 credits (GE7051) 

Period 2: Land-Water Risk Assessment and Management Methods, 15 credits (GE8031)

Summer term

Optional courses: Ecohydrology - a Mediterranean perspective, 7.5 credits (GE7085) This course is based on theory and field-based experimentation relevant for ecohydrology at the Navarino Environmental Observatory (NEO) in Greece.

Year 2

The number of optional courses taken will be dependent on the period of time devoted to the Master thesis 30, 45 or 60 credits, which may extend over one or two terms.

How to apply

All applications must be sent through January 15 2020 - last date to apply for all applicants.

Selection process

Additional eligibility criteria


Required supporting documentation

In addition to the documents required by, the following documents must accompany all applications to this Master’s Programme:

  1. Personal letter/Letter of interest (maximum one page)
  2. CV
  3. Brief summary of the grading system of your university (if other than ECTS). Provide explanation of grading scale.
  4. List your courses to indicate how you fulfill the specific requirements for the programme.


Student Counsellor
Maria Damberg

Program responsible
Mattias Winterdahl

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