Hydropower Development, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


In future, renewable hydropower will remain the most important source of electricity production in Norway. Norway has developed competence at the highest international level within environmentally-friendly development and operation of hydropower plants. Old plants will be upgraded and made more efficient, and in years ahead investments will be made in the development of minor power plants.

The first year consists of a series of 6 foundational courses and a larger group project where the students apply knowledge from the other courses by conducting a pre-study of the development alternatives in a Norwegian water system. This involves learning how to combine techniques, environment and economy to secure success.

The final year consists of four compulsory advanced courses in the autumn, while the entire spring semester is dedicated to the master’s thesis. Our lecturers have international experience and are recruited from NTNU and the international hydropower environment.

Regarding the master’s thesis, there are numerous options, and most students choose their topic within areas where NTNU offers special qualifications such as:

  • planning of a concrete project
  • hydrology
  • hydraulics
  • sediment transport
  • engineering geology
  • plant engineering

It is also possible to write the thesis in connection with projects abroad.

Programme Structure

Courses included

  • Prefeasibility Study in Hydropower Development
  • Hydrological Modelling
  • Water Recourses Mangament
  • Headworks and Sedimentation Engineering
  • Engineering Geology of Rocks, Advanced Course
  • Economic Assessment of Hydropower Projects
  • Planning of Hydropower
  • Experts in Teamwork
  • Hydrology
  • Planning and Design of Dams
  • Hydraulic Design
  • Engineering Geology and Tunnelling, Basic Course

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Documents to upload to the application portal 

  • The pages of your passport showing your photo, your full name, your date of birth and your nationality
  • If applicable, documentation of change of name (e.g. marriage certificate)
  • Higher Secondary School grade transcript or diploma 
  • Official transcripts and diplomas from all your college/ university education
  • Copies of English language documentation such as TOEFL or IELTS test results
  • A letter of motivation
  • An updated CV
  • Documentation of financing: Name of sponsor, amount per year (please note that the minimum amount required per year is NOK 103,950) confirmation of scholarship, bank guarantee etc

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • Free International
  • Free EU/EEA


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