By studying Hydrology at the University of Waikato, you’ll understand the key components of water storage and water movement on and beneath the surface of the Earth, and the role of water in weather and climate. You’ll also learn about flood and drought hazards.

Hydrology will be available from 2018.


Importantly, Hydrology focuses on assessing the impacts of climate change on water resources, which is an area of frequent media coverage recently with floods, droughts and the exporting of bottled water.

The University of Waikato is located close to the longest river in New Zealand, which has been significantly modified by hydroelectricity and flood control schemes, and impacted by point and diffuse discharges of contaminants.

The University of Waikato is participating in efforts to rehabilitate the river to reverse the effects of past activities and address the concerns of tangata whenua.

Our teaching staff are involved in national and international research programmes, particularly in greenhouse gas emissions from soils, alternative methods for storing energy (pumped storage), and methods to manage groundwater systems and avoid or mitigate contamination.


As a Hydrology student at the University of Waikato, you will have access to the University's well-equipped laboratories, using the most up-to-date equipment and software required for the acquisition, analysis and interpretation of weather and hydrological data.  You'll be working alongside, and learning from, well-respected researchers, industry professionals and academics.

Build a successful career

Studying Hydrology is beneficial for students looking for careers dealing in water quality, water resources, or resource management. Students with a minor in Hydrology currently tend to be employed in the electricity generation and water supply industries, regulatory authorities, consulting companies, and research institutions.

Career Opportunities

  • Hydrologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Wastewater Scientist
  • Hydraulic Modeller
  • Flood Risk Scientist
  • Water Resources Engineer

Science Admission Fees Scholarship

For school leavers who are intending to enrol full-time in the first year of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science(Technology) in the Faculty of Science & Engineering and are performing well academically in their final year of secondary school. The Scholarship has a value of up to $4,000.

Closing Date: 2016-08-31 23:59:00

Science and Engineering Masters Fees Awards

For students enrolling full-time in the first year MSc (research), MSc, MSc (Tech) ME or MEnvSci programme in the faculty of Engineering. Part-time applicants may be considered but any scholarship awarded will be on a pro-rata basis. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.

Closing Date: 2017-03-15 23:59:00


Faculty of Science & Engineering

Phone: +64 7 838 4625 / 0800 438 254