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Water Resources Engineering

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Water security is one of the main threats facing humanity. Engineers will be the primary professionals tackling this problem. This programme will provide engineers with the technical competences to provide solutions to deliver safe/clean water. The programme will also give opportunities to students to study economics and the project management of large projects. Key components of this programme are a focus on understanding and using modern hydraulic modelling tools, and working in design groups.

The core programme modules are: Hydrology & Water Resources Engineering; Hydrological Modelling; Design of Sustainable Environmental Systems; Water Quality; Water Resources in Arid Regions; Applied Field Hydrogeology. Elective modules are available from the following: Computational Methods in Engineering; Global Climate Change; Offshore & Coastal Engineering; Environmental Economics; Project Management; Advanced Engineering Statistics; Estimates and Costing of Engineering Projects. Along with taught modules, students will complete a group Integrated Design Project. This project simulates real-world working environments. Each student will also complete an individual minor thesis in the area of water resources. This thesis accounts for one third of the overall programme mark.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. The programme has a strong emphasis on the design of hydrological systems, with students working in groups to solve real-world problems.

2. Teaching staff are involved in cutting-edge research in water resources: their teaching is underpinned by this research expertise.

3. Water resources engineering is a growth industry, offering excellent career prospects.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

Minimum entry requirement is a Second Class Honours, Grade 1 in civil/ environmental engineering or equivalent. Applications from candidates from cognate disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


1 year, full-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

Existing water infrastructure is straining to meet current demands. Population growth, increasing urbanisation, climate change and increasing energy demands are placing unprecedented pressures on our finite water resources. More water resource engineers are required to ensure the provision of sustainable and safe water supplies into the future.

Further enquiries

Dr Stephen Nash,

Programme Coordinator

T: +353 91 493 738


Application date

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

When To Apply: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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