Engineering Hydrology

Rationale of the Graduate Program

Presently the faculty of Civil and Water Resources Engineering, is running six MSc program, namely Construction management, Engineering Hydrology, Hydraulic engineering, geotechnical engineering, Road Engineering, structural engineering and a PhD degree program in Integrated Water Management..

The graduate programs offer advanced instruction in basic and engineering sciences involving students actively in research. Sharing in investigations with their professors, students acquire the spirit as well as the methods of productive scholarship.

The postgraduate program (M.Sc./MEng in engineering hydrology) deals, primarily, with the assessment of peak flows, low flows, volume of flow and the analysis of their viabilities and the planning and management of water resources. Studies in engineering hydrology include topics on hydrological processes and their measurements, surface and groundwater hydrology. Statistical and probabilistic hydrology, transport hydrology, and water resources systems planning and management.

Some limitation has been observed in the existing curriculum of engineering hydrology in terms of structure and content of the courses. To circumvent those limitations the chair has decided to revise the curriculum. In this revised curriculum course that are highly relevant to the program have been identified and arranged in modular. The content of the courses have been careful designed in such a way that they can provide the required knowledge and skill to the graduates. In general, the program is designed in the way to tackle the problems associated to engineering hydrology and to achieve better results through the provision of appropriate and advanced courses at a post graduate level. Thus the program is believed to enable the graduates to be capable of identifying the essence of an engineering problem, research on it and develop a suitable model and solving it independently.

The most important rationale for developing a postgraduate program in engineering hydrology is the need of the country’s development to skilled human resources that is capable of handling more complex water resources engineering problems with little or no guidance. Such trained manpower is known to be instrumental to the effective implementation of national development programs.  It is imperative that the country’s Growth and Transformation Plans (GTPs) have identified many mega projects and different infrastructure developments and made them at the center of the plan. Most of the mega projects and infrastructures are water resources related that needs the involvement of high skilled professionals. Engineering hydrology is therefore one of the most important discipline which most required for the proper and efficient realization of the plans.

Other rationales include:

  • The growth and transformation plan of the government and the need of the governmental and nongovernmental organization to professionals in engineering hydrology.
  • Enhance research activities through joint efforts of Institute staff and post graduate students, whereby staff members mostly play the role of identifying research topics and guidance and thus get the time they need for working on many research topics at the same time.
  • Producing skilled manpower (instructors) for emerging universities

Objectives of the Graduate Program

 The primary objective of the graduate program in Engineering Hydrology is to train high-level professionals capable of researching and solving practical engineering hydrology problems in various water resources development and management works independently and develop in the process the research experience of the staff members of the civil and water resources engineering faculty.

The specific objectives

         i.            To produce hydrologist who are capable of handling special problems related to the assessment of peak flow, low flow, volume of flow, groundwater assessment and modeling, erosion and sedimentation and water resources planning and management.

       ii.            To provide the hydrologist with the necessary advanced theoretical background to deal and research with complex problems related to the assessment and planning of water resources and the modeling of rainfall-runoff

     iii.            To train hydrologist who will be capable of providing advisory services with regard to problems related to water resources development and management.

     iv.            To train instructor and researchers in engineering hydrology

Admission Requirements

The applicant must have a B.Sc. Degree in Hydraulic/Water Resources/Irrigation/Civil/water supply/sanitary/soil and water conservation engineering or its equivalent and meet the admission requirements of the school of Graduate Studies. He/she must also pass the entrance examination administered by the Faculty. Regarding applicants from other related disciplines, the Faculty of Graduate Committee (FGC), will rule on the eligibility of such candidates.

Duration of Study

In general the programs are designed to be a two year full time studies i.e. the total duration of the study is 2 years for both MSc and MEng programs. But it is also possible to offer both programs in continuing education (evenings, or weekends, summer etc.) depending on the need. The two years have four semesters and the tasks for each semester in each program are as follows:

  • For the Master of Science study the first three consecutive semesters are dedicated for course work only and the last 4th semester is devoted fully to dissertation/thesis work. A student is allowed to do the dissertation component as a partial fulfillment of the graduate program upon successful completion of the coursework.
  • For the master of engineering study all the four semesters are dedicated for course works and an additional independent project (3 Cr. Hrs) during the final 4th semester.

Graduation Requirements

Degree Options

Masters programs shall offer two degree options:

  • Master of Science Degree (MSc.).
  • Master of Engineering Degree (MEng.).

The requirements to obtain MSc. degree are:

  • Successful completion of all of the first 6 modules which constitute 38 Credit hours
  • Successful completion and defense of a Master’s thesis work.   

The requirements to obtain MEng. degree are:

  • Successful completion of all of the first six modulus which constitute 38 credit hours
  • Successful completion one elective course in the seventh module which constitutes 3 credit hours
  • Successful completion of a graduate project work which constitute 3 credit hours

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