Hydraulic Engineering

Rationale of the Graduate Program

The postgraduate programme (M.Sc in Hydraulic Engineering) deals, primarily, with the planning, study and design of water & water related structures.

The program is designed in the way to tackle the problem and achieve better results would have been to give advanced courses at a post graduate level. The problem now as before is that the training at the undergraduate level, no matter how comprehensive it might be, lacks the most important element of a postgraduate training, which is enabling the graduates to be capable of identifying the essence of an engineering problem, converting it into a suitable model and solving it independently.

The most important rationale for developing a postgraduate program is the need of the country development of skilled human resource that is capable of handling more complex civil engineering problems with little or no guidance whatsoever, supervising the designs of yet inexperienced engineers working in a project team and thereby acquire skills of professional leadership. Such trained manpower is known to be instrumental to the effective implementation of national development programs.

Other rationales include:

  • The growth and transformation plan of the government and the need of the governmental and nongovernmental organization to train their staff.
  • 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 hydraulic engineering is to train high-level professionals capable of solving practical engineering problems in the various fields of studies independently and develop in the process the research experience of the staff members of the school. The specific objectives of the training program in hydraulic Engineering are:

         i.            To train hydraulic engineers who are capable of handling special problems related to design of hydraulic structures, such as spillways, dams, terminal structures, diversion structures, and sediment transport.

       ii.            To train hydraulic engineers with the necessary advanced theoretical background to deal with complex problems related to the planning, development and management of water resources.

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

     iv.            To train instructor in engineering fields

Admission Requirements

The applicant must have a B.Sc. Degree in Hydraulic/Water Resources/Irrigation/Civil 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 school. Regarding applicants from other related disciplines, the School of Graduate Committee (SGC), will rule on the eligibility of such candidates.

Duration of Study

An academic year is specified in Ethiopian calendar. It is delivers in the summer of Ethiopia. One semester comprises sixteen (16) weeks. One week means six working days, i.e., from Monday to Saturday.  The first semester commences according to the university academic year. An academic semester encompasses the holidays and a semester vacation as well.

Graduation Requirements

Degree Options

Masters programs shall offer two degree options:

a)       Master of Science Degree (MSc.).

b)      Master of Engineering Degree (MEng.)

The requirements to obtain MSc. degree are: 

  • Successful completion of all the 12 courses including Research Methods.
  • Successful completion and defense of a Master’s thesis work. 

The requirements to obtain MEng. degree are:

  • Successful completion of all the 12 courses including Research Methods.
  • Successful completion of two additional courses that will be decided by the chair and the school graduate committee.
  • Successful completion of a graduate project work

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