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 by studying Hydrology.

Why study Hydrology?

Importantly, the Hydrology minor 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

Scholarships and Prizes

Energy Education Trust Undergraduate Scholarship

For students who are enrolled full-time in their 3rd or 4th year (including honours year) in the field of science, engineering, economics, law or other related fields, with a specific interest in energy matters in New Zealand.

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

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