MSc hydrology and water resources management
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MSc Hydrology and Water Resources Management (H2UP), or
... [with Business Management (H2B1)], or
The course was first established in 1955 as Engineering Hydrology and was the vision of our first course director, Professor Peter Wolf. Although initially focussed on the traditional concerns of flood protection and water supply, its reputation and scope increased and in the early nineties the course name was changed to Hydrology for Environmental Management, reflecting the increasing importance of hydrology on the behaviour of the natural environment. The current name dates from 2009 and emphases the increasing importance of water not only as a source for drinking, but its role in food production, environmental sustainability and ecosystems services. In addition, 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 and these are also covered in the course syllabus.
MSc in Hydrology and Water Resources Management (H2UP)
Aims and objectives
Hydrology draws on a number of physical and life sciences such as meteorology, plant physiology, soil physics and geology, and a number of mathematical sciences such as fluid mechanics, probability and statistics, and systems analysis. The course includes a basic treatment of these subjects in the context of hydrological and water resource applications. Attention is paid to techniques for the measurement and collection of data and the formulation of mathematical models of hydrological systems based on principles of physics, systems analysis and probability. The applications of these models in solving such problems as flood estimation, water resources evaluation (both surface and groundwater), the assessment of urbanisation effects and irrigation requirements are treated specifically. Aspects of hydraulic engineering for river structures are also covered. The planning and management of water resources are treated using the techniques of operational research. Water quality is considered as an important aspect of both surface and groundwater, and issues of point and non-point source pollution and waste management are included.
- 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.
Full or part time study options
The full-time programme is taken over 12 months, with a single entry point per year at the beginning of October, part-time options are :
- Two days per week over two years [suspended for 2020 and 2021 entry]
- Term release [suspended for 2020 and 2021 entry]
Download the Guidance for Tier-4 Visa-dependent students for Part-Time study.
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.
Assessments include individual and group courseworks; projects and presentations; written and oral examinations and a research dissertation. To complete the requirements of the degree, all assessments must be undertaken to the appropriate level. Successful candidates will be awarded the MSc degree of Imperial College London and the Diploma of Imperial College (DIC).
Links with industry
An important feature of the lecture programme is the contribution by leading experts in the field from the water utilities, consultants, government departments, manufacturers and research institutes. In particular, a formal link exists with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who contribute to the course on health aspects of water management in developing countries. The Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management (CIWEM) and the Institute of Civil Engineers hold meetings in or near the College and all students are encouraged to attend these meetings and become Members of one or both of these Institutions. In addition, the British Hydrological Society also has meetings in or near the College and a similar arrangement exists.
Optional add-on module: Business management
Each of these options comprise 120 hours of study and are taken as an alternative to the modules listed in the syllabus.
Syllabus for Business Management
These options also have some entry requirements, to find out more see the Business Management page.
Further resources for this programme
|Webpage||Syllabus and modules|
|Webpage||Programme Specification - Environmental Cluster|
|Webpage||Term release options|
|Pdf document||Professional skills development for Master's students|
|Webpage||Imperial College Terms and Conditions|
|Webpage||Entry on the College Prospectus|
|Resources for this module|
MSc Application Information
|Award||Sponsor||Eligibility and number of awards||Value|
|Departmental MSc Scholarships||The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering||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: tbc
Application Deadline: 31 March 2020
|Full or partial tuition fee waiver|
|Geotechnics MSc Industrial Bursaries||A consortium of Geotechnical employers||Bursaries are awarded to successful applicants to the Geotechnics Cluster MSc courses on excellent academic and professional records, supported by relevant references and a strong personal statement. Priority is given to UK-Based applicants.
Number of awards: 5-10
Deadline to apply: 31 May 2020
|Typical contributions of £5,000 to £15,000 towards the course tuition fees and in some cases, subsistence|
|Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Bursaries
|Rees Jeffreys Road Fund||**Suspended for 2020-2021**
Bursaries are awarded to students who obtained a first degree of at least 2.1 standard or equivalent and who wish to pursue a masters course in a subject directly related to highways and transportation. Apply through the Department.
Number of awards: Up to 3
Deadline to apply: N/A
|Brian Large Bursary||Brian Large Bursary Fund||Bursaries are awarded to full-time, UK resident, applicants, who have obtained a first degree of at least 2:1 standard or equivalent and who wish to pursue a masters course in a subject directly related to transport.
Number of awards: Up to 3
Deadline to apply: 30 May 2020
|These are the only sources of funding available within the Department. For European and Overseas applicants there are many foundations and organisations who can help with and advise on funding, including the British Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Society for Underwater Technology (Geotechnics). Enquiries should be directed to the relevant organisation.|
|Departmental contact for||Name, email and phone number|
|MSc and Scholarships||Fionnuala Donovan, Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 5929|
|Geotechnics MSc Industrial Bursaries||Sue Feller, Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 6077|
|Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Bursaries
Brian Large Bursary
|email@example.com, Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 6100|
Minimum academic entry requirements
- A good Upper Second or First Class Degree result (or International equivalent), in engineering or another numerate discipline, or Masters level degree qualification
- Good mathematical skills (B or above at A-level or equivalent qualification)
- Relevant Postgraduate industrial experience is favoured
- English Language qualification (where relevant)
Applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to present an English language qualification, passed at the appropriate level. This may follow the application if not available at the time of submission. Please see the College English language requirements for postgraduate applicants for information. Please also check that your previous study meets the minimum academic requirements by country index.
Note: The Department may set higher requirements than those specified by the College as minimum entry requirements and that places are not guaranteed for any applicant. Relevance of degrees and eligibility can be checked with the Department.
The application process and essential information
Who should apply. We welcome applications from well-rounded, interested and engaging candidates with excellent scientific and quantitative backgrounds; strong communication skills and a positive approach. Applicants should demonstrate a strong track record of excellence inside and outside of the classroom alongside a clearly thought out and researched career plan.
Attributes of an Imperial Student:
- Independent, open-minded thinker
- Effective team-worker
- Active self-manager
A full list of the Faculty of Engineering Competency Standards are listed here:
When to apply. The optimal time for submission of your application is dependent on whether you have already completed your degree. The application panels, particularly for programmes where demand is extremely high, may require information not available to applicants who are in their final year of study.
Students who are in this stage of education may consider applying from mid-January. This will not impact negatively on consideration of the application, as it will make for a more complete application, provided the application guidelines set out below are followed.
The application deadline. We do not have an official deadline for applications, we close to applicants when we have made sufficient offers to fill the available places. Applications before the end of March of the year of entry is advised.
Re-Applicants. If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. In your new application you should demonstrate growth by additional education, research and/or relevant work experience in the period since your first application.
Note: Re-applicants will need to complete a new application in its entirety, including all supplementary documentation.
1.0 Preparing and submitting your application
The College has produced a general guide to applying, a copy of which can be downloaded from the following link: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/study/public/pg/PGP-2020_Guide-to-Postgraduate-Study_WEB.pdf. This should be read in conjunction with the information provided below, which is specific to the programmes offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
1.1 Evidence of academic standing
Transcripts of Study. Provide transcripts for each degree you have undertaken. [If they are not in English, please include a translated copy]. :
- Transcripts must list all modules you have undertaken, and the marks you have been awarded in each. This information to be provided for all years, whether or not they are weighted, and count towards your final degree.
- If you have completed your studies, the final outcome of the degree must be clearly indicated,
- If you are in your final year of study, you should provide
- a list of the modules you are taking in your final year;
- your current course average, and the predicted outcome of your degree;
- the title of your final year project;
- your cohort ranking (for your programme of studies) if available.
Where the transcripts/outcome are not provided in percentage format, you should include a copy of your University/Programme Marking Scheme.
Provide the weightings of each year towards the final outcome of your degree.
1.2 Evidence of English Language
Updates to the information below are posted at http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/covid-19/.
Minimum English Language requirements are set by the College, and stated in the guide to applying. Please ensure that you have familiarised yourself with the requirements and the expected level of achievement in each. The website also includes information on exemption from the requirement.
- The Department accepts the standard scores in IELTS, TOEFL and Pearson Academic (PFE), for all of its programmes.
- Applicants must meet the English Language condition to qualify for entry.
- For additional routes to meeting the minimum requirement, or improving your English language skills, please see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/academic-english/pre-sessional-english/
If, at the time of application, you have not yet completed an acceptable English Language test, then please provide the details of tests for which you have registered, and the dates by which you will have received your results.
1.3 Supporting Documents required:
- An up-to-date CV-Resume;
- Personal Statement – we strongly recommend that you
- follow the guidelines provided in the following link. Writing Personal Statements (pdf)
- Consider and map to the MSc student potential Competency Standards as provided on: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/faculty-of-engineering/civil/public/msc/Competency-Standards.pdf
Supporting Reference Letters
Identify two individuals to act as referees on your behalf. Ensure that:
- They are in a position to write a letter of support that is appropriate and relevant to the programme to which you are applying;
- They are familiar with you, your abilities, your achievements and your potential for postgraduate study.
We strongly recommend that you complete your details in the attached template and forward to your referees for completion. The template addresses key information required to inform the decision-making process. The completed template can then be uploaded by your referee. .Reference Form PG (.doc)
Reference letters are confidential and must come direct from the referee to the College, not via the applicant. The letters must be recent, relevant and dated.
2.0 Completing the Application
When completing the online form please ensure that you include:
2.1 Brief details on Secondary Level education (in conjunction with 2.2 below);
Information on how you propose to fund your studies. If you are a scholarship applicant, then clearly indicate any deadlines or conditions which apply, and the scholarship confirmation date.
Please clearly state if you wish to be considered by us for any available funding. [Please note that such funding is both limited and partial].
2.2 Highlight your mathematical qualifications and capabilities
- Follow the instructions provided.
- Check for errors.
- Ensure that the information required by the Admissions Panel is prominent, clear and visible.
3.0 The Departmental Process
3.1 You can track the completeness of your application, including receipt of references via your application self-service account.
3.2 Your e-service will show when your application record has been transferred to the Department. It will not show further updates until a decision has been made on your application.
3.3 The Department will undertake an initial check to ensure completeness of the application in accordance with the guidelines stated above.
3.4 Completed applications will be sent through to Admissions Panels, who will undertake initial reviews. Allow up to 6-8 weeks for that process. Outcomes will be notified as follows:
- Conditional Offer (notified via e-service)
- Unsuccessful (notified via e-service)
- Hold (individual direct correspondence)
3.5 Incomplete applications will remain pending for a period of up to two months, and if no updates have been received within that period, will be assumed as withdrawn, and will be rejected.
3.6 Supplementary or updated documentation may be submitted for upload to firstname.lastname@example.org . All correspondence should include your Application reference number (this is an 8-digit number starting with 01, and is also known as your College Identifier number or CID).
The CID is system-generated and notified to you within 10 days of application.
Scholarship Information https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/scholarships/
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