MSc in Contaminant Hydrogeology
Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and Institute of Highway Engineers approved as satisfying part 2 academic base requirements for a Chartered Engineer under UK-SPEC*
Hydrogeology is the study of water present in the ground – groundwater. It is an important, often essential, component of water supplies in many countries. In the UK, groundwater provides 30% of our water supply, but with significant geographical differences in demand. There are significant pressures from human development and potential contamination on the quantity and quality of groundwater supplies, and an equally important need for trained professionals – hydrogeologists – to protect and manage this valuable resource. Within the wide range of technical disciplines in hydrogeology, there is an increasing need for professionals trained in the field of contaminant hydrogeology, to investigate and solve problems related to contamination of groundwater resources. This demand is stimulated, in the UK and internationally, by pressures to re-use brownfield (previously developed) land for sustainable urban development, clean-up polluted industrial sites and restore groundwater quality for future use. This MSc course prepares you for a career in this field.
Graduates from our MSc in Contaminant Hydrogeology are in great demand in a field where career opportunities have increased significantly, following changes in environmental regulations. Environmental consultancies, technology vendors, government bodies, regulatory agencies, local authorities, property redevelopers and other public and private sector organisations all require people with the knowledge and skills to assess and interpret complex contaminated land and groundwater problems, and to select, design and manage cost-effective, technically-sound remediation efforts. This unique and highly-respected MSc course provides our graduates with these highly sought after skills, giving them a clear competitive advantage in the employment market.
This MSc course combines the wide range of applied science and environmental engineering disciplines represented in this field. The programme of study is a balance of technical, theoretical and practical aspects designed to provide the best preparation for a rewarding career. Module content is leading edge, drawing inspiration from research conducted in the Groundwater Protection and Restoration Group and elsewhere. Instructors are world recognised UK and international experts from academic and industry backgrounds. Some modules are co-run with our popular and highly respected Geological Society-endorsed short courses in Continuing Professional Development, giving you an opportunity to learn from lecturers with a range of expertise, and interact with professionals already working in the field. It provides an ideal forum for you to meet industry practitioners, make contacts and develop future career opportunities.
Flexibility in study is built into this course. Our entry requirements are flexible, and we accept applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and professional experience. We offer full time and part time study options. Our teaching delivery features block-taught modules and web-based distance learning, a format popular with both full time and part time students attending this course. It enables employed students wishing to undertake part time study to design a study programme around their work schedule. You will benefit from an excellent learning environment, supported by first class teaching facilities. There is significant industry input to teaching and dissertation projects, ensuring the training you receive is up-to-date and relevant to the needs of employers. See the comments from our graduates and industry partners on the value of this course.
* as long as your first degree is accredited by the above institutions