MSc Courses

Programmes within the Water Group

Currently we offer an integrated suite of full-time and part-time courses in Water Resources Management.  We offer broad curricula including advanced field monitoring techniques, hydroinformatics, integrated land and water resources management and climate change impacts.


All of our students follow a common set of 80 credits of modules covering essential skills and understanding of hydrological processes, measurement, and modelling, followed by 40 credits in their preferred specialisation, and a 60 credit dissertation:

Our Master’s courses are:


We are a partner in an international consortium delivering a joint MSc degree in Hydroinformatics and Water Management (EuroAquae) which is a 2 year programme.


 The 2014/15 cohort at Ouseburn Lock


Video: Water Reources Engineering at Newcastle


Our graduates have an excellent employment record and we have a wide network of national and international alumni, many of whom are now leaders in their fields.


Ellie Charles, MSc Hydrology and Climate Change

The MSc is a challenging and industry-relevant programme.  Having completed the programme in 2006, I now work for JBA Consulting, a leading firm of engineers and scientists with a focus on flood risk and environmental management.  An MSc such as Hydrology and Climate Change was an essential pre-requisite for my job and prepared me well for the rigours of consulting work.

I came to the MSc from an undergraduate programme in Mathematics and Russian.  The appeal of the MSc to me was its focus on high profile subjects such as flooding and climate change that would provide an inlet to relevant and fast moving scientific research.  My background may seem a bit unusual, but in fact my mathematics training was readily transferable to hydrology.  Flood estimation applies a number of statistical concepts, hydraulic modelling software solves differential equations that represent flow in river channels, and computer programming for small scale modelling tools requires a precise analytical approach.

I’ve worked on a range of projects since joining JBA.  For large-scale flood risk mapping studies I’ve undertaken hydrological analysis using Flood Estimation Handbook techniques I first used in the MSc.  For a catchment in South Yorkshire, I developed the flood forecasting system the Environment Agency uses daily as part of its network to predict flood events and trigger flood warnings for the towns and cities along the river.  I’ve also carried out extensive 1D and 2D river modelling studies exploring a range of issues, from the impact of sediment transport on the standard of protection of flood defences to assessing innovative flood alleviation methods in a catchment in the North York Moors.  Currently I’m working on flood visualisation tools which have proved successful in communicating flood risk concepts to communities and provide a valuable resource in emergency planning for flood events.

Now, with a few years experience in the industry, I am also much more involved in project and team management alongside technical work.  This is all excellent experience in preparation for my next career milestone, applying for chartership by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

Socially the MSc was enjoyable and I made firm friends through the programme.  The department also actively involves its postgraduate students outside core study with lunchtime seminars from local and visiting academics and a number of social events, such as ceilidhs and BBQs, throughout the year.