Hydropower Development

Master's degree programme, 2 years, Trondheim

Hydropower Development

– Study environment

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at NTNU is engaged in research and scientific services in determining how to develop hydropower resources while considering technological, environmental and economic conditions in a balanced way. The Hydropower Development programme was evaluated by external referees in 2005 and was found to be "international state of the art and possibly superior product".

The programme consistently incorporates international experience and hydropower development practice outside Norway. The teaching staff has relevant international experience and include professors from NTNU as well as experts from the hydropower industry.

Relevant project and thesis work

All theses are linked to projects or problems relevant to the student's home country. The thesis is carried out on an individual basis. The topic is chosen at the end of first year study in agreement with the professor in charge. Most international students go to their home country during the summer months between first and second year to collect data. The evaluation of the candidate's performance on thesis level is based on a public presentation of the thesis and the thesis itself.

Learning methods and activities

The study consists of a mix of lectures, projects, lab work, field work and excursions. Lectures are usually accompanied by exercises where theoretical concepts are exemplified in practical examples. Computers and computer models are used extensively and students have access to a computer lab. Every student is also expected to have a personal computer (laptop) where all relevant software can be installed, including word processor, spreadsheet, GIS-tools and software for hydropower planning. NTNU will provide free licences for all necessary software, and also subsidize the computer with help from external sponsors.


During your study you will be taken on excursions to many hydropower sites and also visit important institutions and companies in Trondheim and Oslo, for example NVE, Statkraft , Statnett, Norconsult and NORPLAN. There will also be excursions combined with fieldwork for Geology, Hydrology and River hydraulics. Most of the excursions will last 2-3 days. All costs for the students are covered by the program.

Book series used

The teaching will largely be based upon the book-series Hydropower Development. This book series, of 17 volumes, covering most aspects of Hydropower will be given to the students in the full MSc programme (PDF presentation of the book series 1.9MB).