Water Resources – University of Copenhagen

Water Resources

At this specialisation you will learn about topics such as catchment scale hydrology, groundwater-surface water interaction, groundwater quality, management and protection of water resources, and integrated hydrological modeling.

You acquire skills at an advanced level within hydrology, hydrogeology, hydrogeophysics, groundwater geochemistry, and computer modeling.

You graduate with a degree enabling you to serving society by solving present days water resources problems on the global scale using world-leading software.


You will complete your studies by carrying out a research-based thesis where you work as a team member in on-going national and international multi-disciplinary research projects. Click the link below to read about former MSc students and their thesis projects:

Meet former MSc Students

Programme structure:

Compulsory courses: 22,5 ECTS
Restricted elective courses: 22,5 ECTS – see list of courses at the bottom of this page
Elective courses: 15 ECTS
Thesis: 60 ECTS

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Water Resources (part 1) Water Resources (part 2)
Groundwater Geochemistry
Year 2

     Compulsory course
     Restricted elective course
     Elective course

Please note that you can choose a bachelor's course as one of your elective courses (e.g. Hydrogeology, Hydrology, and Hydrogeological Field Course; these courses are taught in Danish, but will be given in English if there are foreign students). This is optional and depend on your background.

Restricted elective courses

Choose your restricted elective courses from the lists below. Click on each course for a detailed description.

You are obliged to choose at least one of the courses from this list:

In addition, you must choose two courses from the list below. Please note that "Field and Methods Course in Geology-Geoscience" and "Project in Practice" count as two courses each: