Imperial College London

Imperial College London

Hydrology and Sustainable Development

This course is career-oriented and covers both theoretical background and practical design considerations; lectures are given mainly by full-time staff but important contributions are made by visiting professors and guest lecturers who are eminent industrialists; many students continue their studies to undertake research towards a PhD; hydrology is strongly multidisciplinary, and the course includes a basic treatment of relevant physical and life sciences, mathematical sciences, and systems analysis; a 1-week study tour is a compulsory part of the course.

Entry requirements

A UK Honours degree (minimum 2.1) in a relevant subject or overseas equivalent; special cases, based on relevant experience, may be made in some circumstances; all applicants whose 1st language is not English require: GCSE, IGCSE, GCE O-level or equivalent at grade C; or Cambridge certificate of proficiency in English (CPE) at grade C; or IELTS score of 7.0 with a score of 6.5 or better in the written and speaking section; or TOEFL paper minimum score of 610 (test of written English (TWE) of 4.5 or more); or TOEFL computer minimum score of 250 (TWE of 4.5 or more); or TOEFL internet minimum score of 100 overall, including a minimum of 24 in the written section and a minimum of 22 in the speaking section.

Course modules

Modules include: Contaminated land and groundwater; dissertation; environmental fluid mechanics; environmental management in developing countries; groundwater flow and quality modelling; hydrogeology and groundwater; hydrological processes; hydroinformatics; hydrometry; irrigation; mathematical and statistical modelling; meteorology and climate change; rainfall run-off modelling and flood hydrology; stochastic hydrology; study tour; urban hydrology and urban drainage; water quality modelling; water resources management; plus add-on modules: sustainable development; design project.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by dissertation.

Sponsorship information

NERC Advanced Course studentships.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 10,200 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 27,100 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 5,100 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 13,550 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
South Kensington Campus Kensington and Chelsea SW7 2AZ South East

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Key information

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Telephone number: 
020 7594 5929