Course Profile: B.Sc in Hydraulic, Water and Environmental Engineering

B.Sc in Hydraulic, Water and Environmental Engineering
As promised, today marks the start of a series of summer course guides from Young Academic. With the academic year now firmly closed and thousands of students across the country either going through clearing or pondering their options for next year, we thought it prudent to give you guys the lowdown on some of the great courses available.

Today we are focusing on one of the newer courses out there; Hydraulic, Water and Environmental Engineering. This is a very focused programme and can be studied at a plethora of academic institutions across the UK and indeed, Europe. So, what does this course of study entail?

Hydraulic, Water and Environmental Engineering, or hydraulic and water resources engineering as it is often referred to involves the distribution of water. Although this may sound rather boring to some, it is vital and any academics out there with an interest in environmental engineering will know all too well that this can have the following advantages;

  • Protection of the population
  • Promotion of industry and infrastructure
  • Protection from infected and therefore harmful waters

Water is a commodity that many people in developed countries take for granted and this course is most certainly one that promotes water resources and safeguards it for generations to come.

When embarking on a B.Sc in Hydraulic, Water and Environmental Engineering, students will learn the intricacies of things such as sewer and waste-water systems, irrigation and drainage as well as flood protection, river training and reservoirs. With natural disasters unfortunately occurring all the time and waste water being present all around the UK, there is always work for environmental engineers – making this course rather valuable to those who possess. Although not necessarily one of the more glamorous courses out there, this programme is useful to say the least and offers niche skills.


In addition to the aforementioned waterways, environmental engineering can also extend to such locations as ports and harbours as well, as waste water can often be an issue at these locations. Indeed, Niagara Falls was the first ever natural waterway to install a hydro-power plant, really emphasising how important the study of water related energy production can be, as well as the management of potentially harmful waste waters.

Hydraulic water and environmental engineering, as mentioned, is relatively new field when compared with its more traditional alternatives but this makes it all the more exciting. If you are currently deciding which course you would like to undertake at college or University and have a keen interest in the environment and the way it is impacted by hydraulics and water, then a B.Sc in Hydraulic, Water and Environmental Engineering could be for you.

For more information, you can contact one of the many institutions which offer the programme or refer to sites such as UCAS or NUS. There are also bodies from with the hydraulics industry such as FHP Ltd, who can offer case studies and other such resources.

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