Hydropower Development

Hydropower Development

Hydropower Development (Master's Programme)

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Renewable hydropower will remain the most important source of electricity production in Norway. Norway has developed competence at the highest international level within environmentally-friendly development and operation of hydropower plants. Old plants will be upgraded and made more efficient, and in years ahead investments will be made in the development of minor power plants.

As a student on Hydropower Development, you will get a broad engineering- and research based knowledge in Hydropower Development. You get an in-depth knowledge within a more limited area connected to active research, including professional insight to make use of new research results. 

Hydropower Development and digital competency

Digital competency is an important part in Hydropower Development. Increasingly, the planning of plants is conducted in digital twins and Basic Building Information Modelling (BIM), and you will therefore be introduced to this.

Digital source for information relevant for the planning will be extensively used in cases and in assignments. Complex simulation models are used to optimise the hydropower schemes and test hydrological and hydraulic conditions.

Norway is in the forefront of using digital knowledge in the hydropower planning process. By bringing the “Norwegian way” to developing countries, where the hydropower potential is high, you as a student on the Hydropower Development program will increase the use of digital tools internationally.

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With a master’s degree in Hydropower Development you will have interesting engineering career prospects both in Norway and abroad.

The hydropower industry and the authorities in Norway have an active recruitment policy towards new hydropower engineers as it is predicted that there will be a deficit of qualified engineers.

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Trondheim is known for its great student environment and has been named Norway's best student city. Whatever you like to do in your spare time, you will definitely find something to do in Trondheim. 

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This master's degree programme extends over two academic years (4 semesters) and constitutes a course load of 120 ECTS credits.

It is possible to take one semester abroad during your studies.

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To qualify for admission to the MSc programme in Hydropower Development, you must have: 

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in civil, hydraulic or water resources engineering or equivalent 
  • At least 30 ECTS in mathematics/statistics in the Bachelor's degree, including at least one course in statistics
  • An average grade equivalent to the grade C or higher in the Norwegian higher education system is required

The study programme has 12 study places for international students and 2 study places for Norwegian/Nordic students. 

The application portal opens 1 November.

Tuition fees
There are no tuition fees for students from the EU/EEA + Switzerland. For non-European students, tuition fees are being charged according to category C. More information is available on our web page about the tuition fees.

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