Hydrology and hydrogeology

Bachelor’s level
7.5 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 16 000 SEK
First payment: 16 000 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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Application closed, late application opens 15 July 2024.


The Hydrology and hydrogeology course provides basic views on all aspects of hydrology with a main focus on groundwater and the importance of water for the environment and society.


The aim of the course is to provide you with knowledge of basic hydrology and hydrogeology, about applications and relevant methods in hydrology and hydrogeology and about the importance of water resources in the hydrogeological cycle and its significance for humans and ecosystems. 

You will learn about: 

  • water resources
  • relevant terminology
  • key theoretical concepts in hydrology and hydrogeology
  • hydrological survey methods
  • hydrological and hydrogeological problems

The course also includes calculations and the use of relevant methods in to analyse and solve hydrological and hydrogeological problems. 

The course is part of the Bachelor’s Programme in Earth Sciences, the course is also offered as a freestanding course.


The teaching consists of: 

  • lectures
  • laboratory work
  • field work
  • computer based exercises
  • group project
  • presentations

Language of instruction: English

Prerequisites and selection


For admission to the course, at least 45 credits in the main field of Earth Sciences, Geography, Environmental Science or Marine Science is required. In addition, approved knowledge in Earth Sciences is required, the course GV1410 Geosciences, Basic Level Course, 30 credits, or equivalent. Applicants with equivalent education can, after review and approval, be given access to the course.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

After graduation

If you study Earth Science, you have good career opportunities both in Sweden and abroad. You can choose to work in industry, as a consultant, project manager or in public administration.

Our former students work, for example, with natural resource management, environmental issues and urban planning, you also have great opportunities to focus on the particular area you are interested in.


The Department of Earth Sciences' premises are located in central Gothenburg on Campus Medicinareberget. We are located in the Natrium building, which was inaugurated in 2023 and has state-of-the-art labs and lecture halls. Natrium brings together students and researchers in the Natural Science fields of Biology, Molecular biology, Chemistry, Marine Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Earth Sciences and Conservation.

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Exchange opportunities

If you are studying Earth Science at the University of Gothenburg, there are good opportunities for exchange studies during your studies. This is often seen as a good asset when applying for jobs, as many jobs require international collaboration.

We have over 100 agreements within Erasmus and other exchange programs with universities around the world, both within and outside Europe.