M.Sc. Hydropower Development

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) | Trondheim, Norway
Hydropower development is a typical interdisciplinary task. The person responsible for organising the activities and co-ordinating the work of all specialists involved is often a civil engineer who must have knowledge of a wide range of fields rather than being a specialist.

Description of Hydropower Development

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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 degree programme, MSc in Hydropower Development, known as the HPD programme, is a two-year long international Masters programme in hydropower planning.

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 masters thesis. Our lecturers have international experience and are recruited from NTNU and the international hydropower environment.

Regarding the masters 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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline December 1 (International apllicants); April 15 (Nordic applicants)
Tuition fee
  • Free (EEA)
Start date August  2015
Duration full-time 24 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The first yearconsists 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 feasibility study of the development alternatives in a Norwegian river 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 masters thesis. Our lecturers have international experience and are recruited from NTNU and the international hydropower environment.

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

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

It is also possible to write the thesis in connection with projects abroad. For International students the thesis work will usually be linked to projects in the home country.

Career prospects

The programme is suited for:

  • Project managers and team leaders in the multidisciplinary task of planning technical, economical, social and environmental feasible hydropower projects
  • Dam safety engineers (VTA)

Career prospects

With a masters degree in Hydropower Development you will have interesting engineering career prospects both in Norway and abroad with:

  • consulting engineering companies
  • contractors
  • water and energy authorities
  • developers
  • power and utilities companies
  • or institutions in development cooperation.

The hydropower industry and the authorities in Norway have an active recruitment policy towards new hydropower engineers as it is predicted that there will be a deficit of qualified engineers.

Requirements for Hydropower Development

Application for admission to the M.Sc. programme in Hydropower Development is
based upon:

  • Pre-requisite schooling: A Bachelor of Science degree in civil, hydraulic or water resources engineering or equivalent.
  • English proficiency: A good working knowledge of English, both oral and written (Certificate of proficiency is required).

International applicants

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) welcomes applications from qualified students from around the world. There are a limited number of scholarships offered. The language of instruction is English, and thesis and term papers have to be written in English.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

The English language requirement at NTNU may be met in any of the following ways:

  • A passing grade from a Norwegian upper secondary school (videregående skole)
  • Through a standardized test:

    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 500/170 points on the paper based/computer based test. For admission to the M.Phil. programmes the minimum scores are TOEFL is 550/230 paper based /computer based or IELTS with 6.0 or better.

    IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) with a minimum score of 5.0 points

    APIEL (Advanced Placement International English Language) examination with a minimum score of 3 points

  • University of Cambridge tests: - First Certificate in English - Certificate in Advanced English - Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery with a minimum score of 85 points
  • One year of study at a university in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Great Britain or the USA. The language of instruction must be English.
  • A university degree with a major in English
  • If special situations warrant it, applicants may document their English expertise in other ways.

Work Experience for Hydropower Development

No work experience is required.

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