Hydropower Development

Master's degree programme, 2 years, Trondheim

Hydropower Development

– About Hydropower Development
The inside of a water turbine
Photo: Geir Mogen / NTNU

Hydropower Development is a two-year long international master's degree programme in hydropower planning.

This master's degree programme is suited for:

  • Project managers and team leaders in the multidisciplinary task of planning technical, economical, social and environmental feasible hydropower projects
  • Dam safety engineers (VTA)

Hydropower Development and digital competency

Digital competency is and will be 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.

Master thesis

Regarding the master’s thesis, there are numerous options, and most students choose their topic within areas where NTNU offers special qualifications such as:

  • planning of a concrete project
  • hydrology
  • hydraulics
  • sediment transport
  • engineering geology
  • plant engineering

It is also possible to write the thesis in connection with projects abroad.