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.


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


Study Hydrology in any of these qualifications

Minor subject:

100 Level

200 Level

Water Resources, Weather and ClimateEARTH23115.0 Points
OceanographyEARTH24115.0 Points

300 Level

Water Resources and HazardsEARTH33115.0 Points

Energy Education Trust Undergraduate Scholarship

For students who are enrolled full-time at any level (and including) first and honours year of relevant degree and are undertaking study in the fields of science, economics, or engineering and related fields with specific interests in energy matters. The Scholarship will have a value of $5,000.

Closing Date: 2017-03-31 23:59:00

Science Admission Fees Scholarship

For school leavers who are intending to enrol full-time (120 pts) 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: 2017-08-31 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

Whanganui River Enhancement Trust Scholarship

For students who are enrolled full-time and are undertaking research towards a Masters thesis, Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma. Candidates must be resident in New Zealand for the tenure of the scholarship and their research should relate to the Whanganui River Catchment.

Closing Date: 2017-11-17 23:59:00


Faculty of Science & Engineering

Phone: +64 7 838 4625 / 0800 438 254