MSc in Hydrology

General information

MSc Hydrology (H2UP), or with the following optional add-ons:
... [with Business Management (H2B1)], or
... [with Sustainable Development (H2B2) has been suspended for 2016/17 entry]

First established in 1955 as Engineering Hydrology, known as Hydrology for Environmental Management from 2008; Hydrology is an earth science concerned with assessment of the natural distribution of water in time and space and with evaluating the impact of man-made changes on the distribution and quality of this water. Applied hydrology has been traditionally concerned with flood protection and water resource management.  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.

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.

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.

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. 

Objective:
  • 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
Contact Person: (cvpgo@imperial.ac.uk)

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0311 - Maritime economy", "0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0542 - Statistics

Venue

Venue: Imperial College London
London, United Kingdom

Application

Open from
1 Nov 2016 to 1 Mar 2017

Cost:
  • Home/EU: £ 9,000.00
  • Islands/Overseas: £ 26,750.00

Prerequisites:

MInimul academic entry requirements:

  • A good Upper Second or First Class Degree result (or International equivalent), in engineering or another numerate discipline
  • A Masters level degree qualification
  • Good mathematical skills
  • Relevant Postgraduate industrial experience is favoured.
  • English Language qualification (where relevant)

Applications are invited from undergraduates completing their first degree, as well as those with relevant industrial and professional experience. Applications may be considered from those with degrees in other branches of engineering, natural sciences, earth sciences and other numerate disciplines.The minimum entry requirement for consideration is a good degree from a UK university at Upper Second Class (2:1) or above, or an overseas equivalent. Special cases, based on relevant experience, may be made in some circumstances.

If your first degree is from a country other than the UK, you may find the guidelines within the Country Index helpful. Please note that these guidelines indicate the College minimum. The Department's requirement is usually higher. The College also has a minimum English language requirement for postgraduate study.

The add-on modules have additional entry requirements: Business ManagementSustainable Development


Application Procedure:

WHEN TO APPLY. The application cycle opens in early November for entry in the following October.  Early application is recommended, in order to ensure that any scholarship application deadlines are met.  We receive the bulk of applications in December/January, and offers for places are normally issued after that time.

We do not have an official application deadline for application, we close to applicants when we have made sufficient offers to fill the available places.  Application before the end of March of the year of entry is advised.

Before you apply:

  1. Prepare transcripts of study, which you normally request from your University.  These should include all modules you have undertaken and the marks you have been awarded in each. If you are still undertaking your degree studies, please provide a list of the modules you are undertaking in your final year.  If they are not in English, please include a translated copy. Always ensure that you include a copy of the University Marking Scheme.
  2. If English Language is a requirement, please ensure that you have familiarised yourself with the English Language qualifications accepted by the College and the expected level of achievement in each. If not available at the time of application, the English Language qualification information can follow.
  3. Identify two individuals to act as referees on your behalf. Ensure that they are in a position to write a letter of support appropriate to the application which you are submitting, and that they are familiar with you, your abilities, your achievements and your potential for postgraduate study. 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.
  4. Prepare an up-to-date CV-Resume and a Personal Statement (or letter of motivation).

Notes:

  • When completing the online form please ensure that you include:
  • Brief details on Secondary Level education; how you propose to fund your studies (if via scholarship, please ensure that you provide details of those you have applied to and the date you will expect a response); as well as the expected or final  outcome of your degree(s) of study.
  • Highlight your mathematical qualifications and capabilities.
  • Include in your application the email contact details of your referees. These must be professional email accounts, we do not accept reference letters submitted from private accounts (gmail, yahoo, etc...). Please ensure your referees are aware of this requirement. Where the referee does not have a professional email account, then a standard reference letter on original official letter-headed notepaper will be an acceptable alternative. These should be sent direct to the College.
  • As a rough guide - if you are yet to graduate, two academic references are appropriate. If you have been out of education for more than two years, and in full-time relevant employment, then two professional references would likely be more appropriate. Other applicants should consider nominating one professional and one academic referee.  If we require further references we will advise you following receipt of the references from your nominated referees.
  • Following submission of the online application:
  1. You will receive an email acknowledgment that your application has successfully submitted.
  2. Within a few days you will receive a reference number, this is an 8-digit number starting with 0, is called your College Identifier Number (CID), and must be quoted in all correspondence.
  3. You will be able to track your online application until it is forwarded to the Department. Your online e-service account from then read "with Department" until a decision on your application is returned. You will, however, receive notifications by email when your referees submit their letters of support online.

The Departmental Process:

Your online application is received in the Postgraduate Office of the Department, where it is held until it is considered complete. It is then subject to preliminary screening before forwarding to individual clusters for consideration.  Please note that some applications do not pass preliminary screening, and it is possible for a decision to be returned to the College at this stage.

For candidates who have cleared preliminary screening, a completed application ready for forwarding to the MSc clusters will include:

  1. Both of your reference letters, it is your responsibility to ensure that these are received - you can check this via your e-service account.
  2. Transcripts, partial or complete, of all degrees you have undertaken, or are currently undertaking.
  3. Personal Statement.
  4. CV-Resume.

The MSc Cluster Admissions Panels consider applications, and in some cases interview applicants or request further information, before decisions are made. We aim to process completed applications within 2-6 weeks of receipt by the relevant Admissions Panel. 

Decisions are informed to, and processed by, the College Admissions Office, notifications are sent to the email address on record.


Grant Opportunities:

All information on funding opportunities can be found here, there are several departmental MSc Scholarships available

Qualification

Academic level: Master

Assessment:

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).


Qualification: Master of Science
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