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Water Resources Engineering and Management


The programme in Water Resources Engineering and Management aims at producing engineers and scientists with up-to-date knowledge in the field of water resources, hydrology, hydraulics, river basin management, financial management; and water policy and law. Participants will have clear understanding of integrated water resources management to play an essential role in government institutions and the private sector. The programme participants will be equipped with professional expertise and management skills to enable them plan, design, operate, maintain and rehabilitate water resources projects.


This course is particularly useful to professionals with a BSc Degree or its equivalent in Civil Engineering, Geological Engineering and other engineering and science backgrounds. In addition, it will also be useful to professionals in institutions involved in the planning and implementation of water resources projects.


The Water Resources Engineering and Management (WREM) programme consists of a total of nine modules consisting of 48 credits, made up of 31 credits from lectures and 17 credits from practical work. A credit is equivalent to 1 hour of lecture or 2 hours of practical work (in the same course) per week in a sixteen (16) week semester. Thus one credit of a module is equivalent to 16 hours of lecture or 32 hours of practical work. Upon completion of a module, students are given a few days to revise and examinations are offered on the courses. A five-day study tour (field trip) to at least some regions of Ghana will be organised at the end of semester 2 for the students. An MSc work of 12 credits is undertaken in the third semester which allows students to conduct research study into a locally relevant water resources problem and produce a report in a standard thesis format.


Modules Module Title
Module 1 Introduction to Water Resources
Module 2 Mathematics and Research Methods
Module 3 Advanced Hydrology and Modelling
Module 4 Environmental Quality
Module 5 Water Resources Engineering
Module 6 Water Resources Management
Module 7 Management and Institutions
Module 8 Project Design in WREM
Module 9 Thesis in WREM




Employment opportunities exist in the water companies, like, Community Water and Sanitation Agency, consulting firms, ministerial departments (especially the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing; Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development), research institutes, universities, NGOs and sponsored projects in the water resources fields. Additionally, an MSc education offers the opportunity of a faster career progression. The ongoing re-organisation of the water industry will create multiple opportunities for employment of the high level skilled manpower produced from the programme.


The Water Resources Engineering and Management group undertakes active research in the following areas of specialisation 
• Urban Drainage and Solid Waste Interaction 
• Flood Resilient Planning and Building 
• Sustainable Urban Drainage 
• GIS for Watershed Management 
• Reservoir Sediment Management 
• Climate Change and Tropical Water Resources 
• Irrigation Development and Management


One of the major tasks undertaken by the Water Resources Engineering and Management group is to offer opportunities for career progression through organising of specialised and tailor-made short courses in the following areas: 
• Hydrological Measurements and Data Processing 
• Urban Drainage and Storm Water Management 
• Water Systems Modelling and GIS 
• Ground Water Development and Pollution Control 
• Flow Modelling in un-gauged catchments 
• Water Law and Institutions 
• Integrated Water Resources Management

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