MSc Hydrology and Climate Change

General information

Through theoretical, practical and computational (informatics) training, the Hydrology and Climate Change MSc will enhance your knowledge of the water environment and its management in the context of climate change. This course will encourage you to rethink hydrological problems and solutions in new and innovative ways. This training is quantitative and relevant to the needs of today's water industry.

Compulsory modules

  • Quantitative Methods for Engineering
  • Climate Change: Earth System, Future Scenarios and Threats
  • Geographic Information Systems 
  • Hydrosystems: Processes and Management
  • Hydrosystems Modelling
  • Integrated River Basin Management
  • Climate Change: Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptations
  • Modelling of Floods
  • Modelling and Forecasting of Floods
  • MSc Project and Dissertation in Water Resources

Optional modules

  • Environmental Engineering for Developing Countries
  • Hydroinformatic Systems Development

OR you can substitute one or both of the above options with the following:

  • Groundwater Assessment
  • Groundwater Modelling

Individual modules can be taken as Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Contact Person: Academic Secretary (Water Resources Engineering) (


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

0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0588 - Scientific modelling


Venue: Newcastle University
Newcastle, United Kingdom

School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Newcastle University, NE1 7RU


Open from 1 Jun 2017


UK and EU:  £6.000 full-time, £3.250 part-time
International: £16.265

Part-time fees are calculated on a pro-rata basis and include an annual administration fee. You can read more about the tuition fees and discounts available.

Update: If you’re an EU student you will pay the UK (Home) rate of tuition fees for the full duration of your course, if you start in 2016 or 2017.


Degree Requirements
A good second class 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in subjects such as: engineering, geography, environmental sciences, Earth sciences, mathematics, physics, geology, chemistry, computer sciences and geomatics. Applicants with different or non-standard qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, particularly if you have relevant industrial experience.

Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-section), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62, or equivalent.

Academic qualifications that we accept from your country to meet our entry requirements are listed on your country page.

Application Procedure:

You should ideally complete your application online. However, there are alternative application methods if you don't have access to a computer. For the online application you start  by just registering and creating a user name and password. You can save the form as many times as you like before you submit it. Supporting documents include:

  • Copies of certificates or transcripts to confirm your degree or highest qualification (translated if not in English) 
  • Personal Statement
  • English language test certificates
  • Copy of the personal details page from your passport (non EU applicants)

Application Deadline: there is no closing date for this course. We recommend that international students apply at least two months before the course starts in September so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit. If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Grant Opportunities:

Newcastle University and External funding options here.


Academic level: Master, Lifelong Learning

Qualification: Master of Science
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