Course Overview

Water security is one of the main threats facing humanity. Engineers will be the primary professionals tackling this problem. This programme will provide engineers will 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.

Water engineering has been taught at graduate level at NUI Galway for over 40 years. Over 400 water resource engineering professionals from 56 countries around the world have received their postgraduate qualifications at NUI Galway. This programme has developed from the very successful International Postgraduate Hydrology Programme originally run by Professor Eamonn Nash. Staff are involved in large-scale funded research projects in water
resources, facilitated by our world-class research facilities.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre(PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

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.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date website.

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level


Mode of study


ECTS weighting




PAC code


Course Outline

The core programme modules are:

Hydrology & Water Resources; Hydraulic Modelling; Design of Sustainable Environmental Systems; Hydropower; Water Quality Modelling; Water Resources in Developing Countries; Applied Field Hydrogeology; Advanced Fluid Mechanics; Numerical Analysis.

Elective modules are available from the following:


Design Project and Engineering Thesis

CE6110 Integrated Water Resources Design Project
CE6xxx Water Resources Engineering Project / Thesis
  Total Projects

Core Modules

CE6108 Hydrology & Water Resources Engineering*
CE6102 Design of Sustainable Environ. Systems I*
CE6106 Hydrological Modelling
CE6109 Water Resources in Arid regions
EOS418 Applied Field Hydrogeology
CE6107 Water Quality
  Total Core

Option Modules

CE511 Computational Methods in Engineering*
EOS6101 Global Change
ST500 Advanced Engineering Statistics 
IE446 Project Management
ME521 Research Methods for Engineers
CE6103 Design of Sustainable Environ. Systems II*
EC5103 Natural Resources Governance
CE6101 Coastal & Offshore Engineering
EC518 Environmental Economics
CE468 Estimates and Costing

More detail on each module is available .

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.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Traditionally around 50% of civil engineers are employed in the water industry. This is set to increase. 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.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,005 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€6,781 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€15,500 p.a. 2018/19
Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Find out More

Dr Stephen Nash,
Programme Coordinator
T: +353 91 493 738