School of Science and Engineering

Natural Resources Engineering & Management

BSc in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering


The Water Resources Engineering track provides a comprehensive preparation for students interested in a career in any of the varied aspects of water engineering. After laying a foundation of the relevant basic engineering skills and hydro logical science, the course covers diverse engineering aspects, including the location and exploitation of groundwater and surface water sources, treatment and supply of water for various purposes, drainage, pollution control and irrigation. Financial, social, environmental and health aspects are also integrated into the programme.

Overall focus:
This programme is designed to give opportunity to:

  • Assist students in developing a sound engineering approach to problem solving and design.
  • Develop an awareness of the interdisciplinary aspects of the management and utilization of water resources, leading to a sustainable and holistic approach to water management and environmental issues.
  • Provide the necessary foundation understanding for a successful career in the field of water resources management.

Possible occupations:
After graduation, students can successfully get career opportunities in local and international organizations working in Water sector including UN, WHO, different Water directorates, Government departments,  NGOs and INGOs.


The bachelors in Water Resources Engineering consists of 35 taught modules (23 worth 15 credits and 12 worth 10 credits) and a 30 credit individual research dissertation. Normally, students study 5 modules in the first four semesters, 4 in 5th and 6th semesters and 3 in each of the 7th and 8th semesters along with project. However, varying rates of study can be arranged. 

Semesters are 15 week blocks and there is an equivalent of a 3 hours of classes per week for each 15 credit course and 2 hours class for 10 credits course per week. Students obtaining 480 credits will be eligible for the Bachelor of Science degree in Water Resources Engineering. The final stage is a dissertation and students may not formally commence this until they have completed the entire taught stage.


Main modules offered in this programmes are as: Geophysics, Engineering Economy, Soil Mechanics, Sociology for Engineers, Surveying, Materials Technology, Water Supply, Pumping and Transmission, Ground Water I & II, Irrigation, Group Design Project, Wastewater and Drainage, Hydraulic Structure, Water Resources Planning and Management, Remote Sensing and GIS Applications, Research Methods and Individual Project, Project management, Sediment transport, Hydro informatics, Individual Project.

Skills Development

After completion of this programme, graduates should have developed an awareness of the interdisciplinary aspects of the management and utilization of water resources, leading to a sustainable and holistic approach to water management and environmental issues. Internship is one of the main aspects of the programme in which students get the necessary foundational understanding for a successful career in the field of water resources development and management. 

Programme is focused on applied or engineering research. Students are highly encouraged to actively participate in research activities- choosing from a relevant topic, problem formulation, literature search, data collection methods, writing a research proposal to data analysis and presenting their research findings in local and international conferences and journals.


In the programme Bachelor of Science in Water Resources Engineering, the student's performance in each module is assessed in various ways (Quizzes, Individual and Group Assignments, Presentations, Exams) throughout the course of each semester. This continuous assessment encourages students to maintain a useful level of effort throughout the semester, rather than leaving private study till just before the final exam.


There is a formal requirement to submit a written thesis and possibly give an oral presentation of their work. Electronic versions of the thesis and presentation slides (if used) are also submitted. Each student is supervised by an approved supervisor from the department. The student should have regular contact with their supervisor through bi-weekly progress reports. 

These reports would be submitted by email. At the beginning of the first semester of final year students are required to submit to the Department a proposal for their research work. When a proposal is approved, a supervisor from among the academic staff is allocated to the student, and the research work begins. Students are required to meet frequently with their supervisors, but the responsibility for progress and the quality of the research work rests with the student.

 Towards the end of the semester, and before a specified deadline, the student is required to submit a report that includes a literature review and an account of the work undertaken during the semester. This report is assessed by the department and the student is required to discuss and defend this report in an oral examination conducted by two members of the academic staff.

Admission Criteria

Admission requirements are: 

  1. Secondary school certificate, attained within the last five years and with a general high school score of 70% and above.
  2. Minimum high school education score of 70% in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.
  3. School Entrance Test (Consists of questions from Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics)
  4. Minimum English Language requirement is 45 in PTE, 5.5 in IELTS or 64 in ibt-TOEFL.
  5. Interview  

Applicants dismissed for any reason from any university, school or college will not be considered.

Note: For AY 2018-19 applications, please email [email protected] or visit UKH's Registry Office.

Tuition Fee

$3,000 USD per academic year.

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