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Master's Programme in Hydrology, Hydrogeology and Water Resources

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.

Hydrology modellering, water resources and sustainability
Growing population, industry and irrigation in agriculture, combined with effects from climate change, are linked to water resources and water quality. Photo Fernando Jaramillo.
  • 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

    Water Resources Sustainability, 15 credits

    Hydrological Modelling, 15 credits

    Spring term

    Period 1:
    15 credits optional courses. Courses within the subject hydrolgy:

    Permafrost - Interactions with Ecosystems and Hydrology, 7.5 credits (period A)

    Advanced Hydrology 7.5 credits (period A)

    Advanced Hydrogeology, 7.5 credits (period B)

    Period 2: 

    Water Management and Pollution, 15 credits

    Summer term

    The optional course Ecohydrology, 7.5 credits 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.

    Independent project

    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.

    The Master thesis consists of an individual thesis work, and you will learn to plan a larger project and conducting it using relevant methods. You will get training in collecting, process, critically examine and present your data. An important part of the course is also to put your work in perspective with respect to current scientific discussions and knowledge. You will present your work as a written scientific thesis and during an oral presentation.

  • How to apply

    All applications must be sent through January 15 2021 - 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.
  • More information

  • Career opportunities

    This knowledge is crucial for working with water enterprises, protected water areas and pollutes areas both internationally and nationally, for instance at government agencies and corporations. Our alumni have found employment at for instance the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), NIRAS, Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU), Sweco, AECOM, ÅF, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket) and Berg AB as hydrogeologists, hydrologists or environmental consultants.

  • Contact

    Student Counsellor
    Maria Damberg

    Program responsible
    Mattias Winterdahl