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Hydrogeology (Distance Learning) (MSc)

Course Description

Why this course?

Throughout the globe, the issues of water scarcity, water security, water economics and health and sanitation all rely on high-quality hydrogeology knowledge. This MSc will prepare you as a functional hydrogeologist to meet the needs of:
- industry
- regulators
- non-governmental organisations
- government
- consultants

The course provides you with the theoretical and practical skills to succeed in a career as a hydrogeologist. You’ll develop sound fieldwork skills which are sought-after by employers.

Study mode and duration:
- 12 months full-time
- 24 months part-time
- 36 months part-time, online
- 60 months Open access

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/hydrogeology/

You’ll study

The MSc involves a curriculum of seven core classes and a range of optional classes. Each module is taught two to three hours per week over eight to 12 weeks.

Alternatively, the Open Access programme allows professionals to take single modules for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) purposes, or build up towards six modules to gain a Postgraduate Certificate.

MSc research project

Following successful completion of the taught component, you’ll undertake a thesis project. We encourage you to complete this overseas. Our MSc course leader has extensive contacts in arid countries such as Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, the Middle East and Asia, giving you valuable, varied learning opportunities and practical experience around the world.

Field camp

In the spring semester you go on a week-long field camp in Scotland. You’ll get the opportunity to put much of the learned theory into practice.

Site visits introduce you to the geology and hydrogeology of the study area. You’ll gain practical experience in conducting pump tests, recovery tests and chemical sampling.

Work placement

As part of the class Study in Collaboration with Industry you undertake a work placement where you report to the offices of a hydrogeological organisation and actively contribute to one of their ongoing projects.

This is a very valuable experience for you as it allows you to work as hydrogeologists for a number of weeks exposing yourself to a working environment as well as allowing you to build up contacts within industry.


One year full-time study involves attendance at classes over two terms, plus a dissertation during the third term.

Part-time (open to UK/EU students only) involves class attendance in Years 1 & 2 and a dissertation in Year 2. Depending on timetables, just two days work release per week may be needed for 24 weeks in the year.

You can also study this course part-time through online distance learning, over 36 months, offering a flexible learning mode of study.


In the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering we have invested £6 million in state-of-the-art laboratories.

Teaching staff

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Strathclyde has one of the strongest Geo-Engineering focus of any related department in the UK.
- Professor Bob Kalin, Course Leader
- Dr Francesco Sindico, Reader in International Environmental Law at the School of Law


This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree.

Industrial placement

You've the opportunity to undertake a work placement class where you’ll work with a hydrogeological organisation and actively contribute to one of their ongoing projects.

Open Access

Home students can also choose to study through Open Access. This is initially a non-graduating route. You register for one module at a time and have the option to build up credits eventually leading to a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc. You can take up to five years to achieve the qualification.

This option is popular with students in employment, who may wish to undertake modules for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

Home students who do not meet the normal MSc entry requirements for this programme are welcome to apply through the Open Access route instead.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.


Graduates with an MSc in Hydrogeology are in very high demand as there is an expected shortage of hydrogeologists that will continue for the next decade.

- How much will I earn?
Starting salaries for a hydrogeologist typically range from £20,000 to £25,000 per year. Salaries for senior hydrogeologists range from £30,000 to £45,000 per year, while experienced professionals and managers can expect to earn £50,000 to £60,000 per year. Salaries tend to be higher in private companies/ consultancies than in the public sector.*

*Information is intended only as a guide.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

Visit the Hydrogeology (Distance Learning) (MSc) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Reid Polmanteer

The overall MSc in Hydrogeology, while unique, amazingly fun and interesting, also opened up the door for me to start a career in Africa as a consultant. The programme has provided me with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful consultant in a place that desperately needs this sort of expertise.


£1,000 Prestigious International Excellence Award for overseas students - Single Award

£1,000 International Excellence Awards are available for the following 1-year degrees offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept/David Livingstone Centre for Sustainability:MSc Environmental Engineering
MSc Environmental Entrepreneurship - first in Europe
MSc Environmental Health
MSc Sustainability & Environmental Studies
MSc Hydrogeology

Value of Scholarship(s)



In order to be eligible for this award, you should be a candidate of high academic calibre and submit an online application for your preferred MSc course within our Department. The awards will be allocated based on quality but applying early increases the changes to get one of these awards.

Application Procedure

In order to be eligible for this prestigious award, all you need to do is apply online for your chosen course, via the link provided in the individual web page for each degree. Please make sure your application is complete and includes evidence of previous degree qualification, two references (academic/employer) and proof of English language if applicable. In addition, please attach a one A4 page Supporting Statement covering these two points: * Why do you want to take this postgraduate degree and how will the degree support your career goals?
* What makes you 'excellent' that justifies you getting one of these Excellence Awards?The awards will be allocated based on quality, but applying early increases your chances of receiving one of these awards. Applicants with the equivalent to a 1st class honours UK degree (70% or above) will be prioritised, but applicants with the equivalent to a high 2.1 honours UK degree (65-69%) and/or with relevant professional experience may also be considered.

Further Information



Chevening Scholarships - 10 Awards

Prestigious awards funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office are available for postgraduate study in the UK to able international graduates through a number of different schemes.
Chevening Scholarships are currently available in 150 countries around the world. Strathclyde University has agreed to contribute 20% of the tuition fee as a part-scholarship for all Chevening Scholarship holders.Selection is carried out by British Embassies and High Commissions overseas in consultation with the local British Council representative. Competition is keen.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Awards vary, but can cover tuition fees, monthly stipend and one-off allowances.


Prestigious awards funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office are available for postgraduate study in the UK to able international graduates through a number of different schemes.

Application Procedure

Further details are available from local British Council officers or from http://www.chevening.com

Further Information



Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Awards (CSC) - 10 Awards

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commision scheme provides scholarships to citizens from developing Commonwealth countries for study in the UK. These scholarships are offered for Master's study in the UK and are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).Candidates must apply well in advance through their nominating agency (or university if applicable) in their home country.Examples of nominating agencies:1). The candidate’s national Commonwealth Scholarship agency. This is the main route of application and a full list of Commonwealth Scholarship agency addresses can be obtained from the CSC website2). The Executive Head of an eligible developing country University on whose staff the applicant serves. (In the case of Bangladesh and India, nominations are made through the University Grants Commission; in Pakistan, through the Higher Education Commission; and in Sri Lanka, through the Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education)3). Selected non-governmental organisations, charitable bodies and development partnershipsEach year, the CSC invites each nominating agency to forward a specific number of nominations. Each nominating agency is responsible for its own selection process.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fees/maintenance to commonwealth citizens.


Candidates must apply well in advance through the Commonwealth Scholarship Agency (usually based in the Department of Education) in the country in which the candidate permanently resides.
Commonwealth citizens of high intellectual calibre will be considered.

Application Procedure

Candidates must apply well in advance through the Commonwealth Scholarship Agency (usually based in the Department of Education) in the country in which the candidate permanently resides. Approximately 300 scholarships are awarded each year. The CSC invites around three times more nominations than scholarships available – therefore, nominated candidates are not guaranteed to get a scholarship.Further information on the scheme and how to apply is available from the CSC website and from local British Council Offices.Closing dates for applications are usually around December of the year prior to the course commencing.Applications for MSc study in September 2013 closed on 7th December 2012.

Further Information



Pakistan 50th Anniversary Fund Scholarship - 4 Awards

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Foundation of the State of Pakistan a small number of scholarships are awarded by the University of Strathclyde from funds donated by the late Mr Yaqub Ali through the Scottish Pakistani Association to the University of Strathclyde Foundation. The aim of the Fund is to provide an opportunity for well qualified but needy Pakistan nationals to pursue a one-year MSc in the UK. The awards are made for one year only and are not renewable.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fees/living costs/return travel/other expenses.


First Class Honours Degree from a recognised Pakistan University; candidates must be in their home country at the time of application; preference will be given to candidates who have relevant work experience and have not previously studied in the UK; candidates must return to Pakistan at the end of their studies and serve there for three years. The awards are made for one year only and are not renewable. Priority to subjects in the areas of engineering, computing and business management or any other subject which the partners deem acceptable or which cannot be pursued adequately in Pakistan.

Application Procedure

Further information will be available from Shirley Kirk by email [email protected]

Further Information



Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursary - 13 Awards

The Carnegie Trust offers awards for students wishing to undertake a one-year taught postgraduate course. Alternatively, it is permissible that the one-year course be taken on a half-time basis over two consecutive years. The award will cover the standard home tuition fee only and does not pay a maintenance stipend.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Home Tuition Fees


Applicants must be Scottish by birth, descent (at least one parent born in Scotland) or have been continuously resident in Scotland for a period of at least three years for the purpose of secondary or tertiary education.Bursaries are awarded on the basis of overall assessment of merit of the candidate, including financial circumstances. While the most promising candidates will normally have a first-class honours degree or equivalent, this is not essential.

Application Procedure

Application forms for entry in 2013 will be available in February/March 2013. Please contact Shirley Kirk, tel 0141 548 3204 or email [email protected] for further details.

Further Information



University of Strathclyde International Scholarships - 20+ Awards

For new students who begin a one year full-time taught Masters course in September 2013. These awards are not renewable. Applications should be made on-line at the address below before 31 May 2013.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£4,000 - £6,000


Students of outstanding academic calibre will be considered.

Application Procedure

Applications should be made on-line at http://ewds.strath.ac.uk/igo/Apply.aspx before 31 May 2013.

Further Information



Dean's Excellence Awards for India - Single Award

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering is highly rated with a world-class reputation for research and teaching. This multidisciplinary department has a large international student population and a global research profile. The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Department have introduced a new scholarship for students from India applying to its postgraduate MSc/MRes programmes. One £4,000 Excellence Award is available to an outstanding-calibre overseas student for the MSc and MRes degrees offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Applications are invited from well-qualified applicants from India joining the one year full-time postgraduate MSc programmes in September 2013

Value of Scholarship(s)

£4,000 toward tuition fees


The Dean’s Excellence Awards are open to all well-qualified applicants from India joining any of our one year full-time postgraduate MSc programmes in session 2013/2014.

Application Procedure

See following link:

Further Information



RUK Scholarship - Single Award

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering is jointly offering with the Faculty of Engineering, ONE £3,000 RUK scholarship towards the MSc tuition fee cost.These Awards were introduced to support high calibre students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) who wish to pursue their MSc studies in Scotland.

Value of Scholarship(s)



RUK students on any of our MSc degrees within the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at University of Strathclyde. Those with first class honours degrees will be prioritised for shortlisting, but high upper second class honours degree candidates may also be considered.

Application Procedure

How do I apply and by when?Via a scholarship application made available from the Department. Please email [email protected] for an application form.
The closing date is 1st August 2013.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

First or upper second-class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent overseas qualification) in earth sciences, civil engineering, environmental engineering or related disciplines. Two supportive academic references and/or appropriate professional experience or achievements must be supplied. Although normally at least an upper second class Honours degree is required, slightly lower degree classifications may be considered if you've significant relevant professional/industry experience.

Course Fees

2015/16: Scotland/EU £4,500; Rest of UK £9,000; International £16,700

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