Hydrotechnical Engineering

Water plays a central role in irrigation, hydroelectric power production, water supply, navigation, flood control, erosion control, fisheries, drainage and land transport of pollutants. The utilization and management of water resources must be accomplished efficiently and economically, yet with assurance that there will be no detriment to the long-term potential of the resource itself or to the general well being and environmental quality of the surrounding region. Meeting these objectives requires great care in assessment, planning, design and management of water resources development. This, in turn, demands an understanding of many areas: the availability, distribution and quality of water, at rest and in motion, as it relates to the analysis and design of hydraulic components and structures; natural processes such as erosion, sedimentation, river mechanics, and coastal processes; and methods for planning and operating the resource system in an optimal way. Responsibility for these activities rests largely with civil engineers.

Graduate students select their main field of interest, and their individual programs are decided, in consultation with a faculty advisor.  Since hydrotechnical engineering is such a broad field for graduate study, students may specialize in one aspect, such as hydrology, hydraulics, environmental fluid mechanics; or alternatively, students may choose a broad program such as water resources management, which would include elements of hydrology, hydraulics, systems engineering and pollution control engineering.

Programs Offered:  MEng, MASc, PhD   

Total Credit Requirements:   

credits
MEng:                                        Core courses: 1
Elective course requirement (minimum): 29
Total (minimum): 30
MASc: Core courses: 1
Elective course requirement (minimum): 17
MASc thesis: 12
Total (minimum): 30
PhD1: Core courses: 1
Elective course requirement (minimum): 29
PhD thesis: 0
Total (minimum): 30

1Note: for the PhD degree, credits shown are for all coursework beyond the Bachelor’s degree level; up to 18 credits of coursework exemptions may be approved for courses taken through a Master's degree.

General Coursework Requirements

Coursework requirements fall into two categories:

  • Core course requirements are specific courses or combinations of courses that must be taken in the manner specified.
  • Elective course requirements. The remaining course credit requirements may be met by selecting courses from a list of Approved Elective Courses, from additional courses contributing to the core course requirement, or by securing Specialty Advisor / Supervisor approval for other courses.

Please see the MEng / MASc / PhD requirements pages as appropriate for the associated coursework regulations.  These include the need for the Coursework Plan to be approved by the Research Supervisor or Specialty Advisor prior to registering in courses, specific registration / attendance requirements re. CIVL 597, requirements for the approval of transfer credits for the MEng or MASc programs or of credit exemptions for the PhD program.

Specialization Course Requirements (MASc and PhD programs)

Core course requirements

CIVL 597-002 – Graduate Seminar (Hydrotechnical)

Elective course requirements

Electives may be taken from the List of Approved Electives below, or other electives may be taken with approval of the Specialty Advisor / Supervisor.


Approved Elective Courses

Credits 

Term

CIVL 518

Reliability and Structural Safety

3

1

CIVL 523

Project Management for Engineers

3

2

CIVL 524

Legal Aspects of Project & Construction Management

3

1

1CIVL 540

Advanced Coastal Engineering

3

2

CIVL 541

Environmental Fluid Mechanics

3

Summer

CIVL 542

Physical Limnology

3

2

CIVL 543

Turbulent Fluid Dynamics

3

N/A2

CIVL 546

Fluvial Hydraulics

3

N/A

CIVL 547

Estuary Hydraulics

2

N/A

CIVL 555

Opt. & Heuristic Approaches for Civil Eng Sys

3

N/A

CIVL 556

Modeling & Optimization of Civil Engineering Systems

3

1

CIVL 558

Water Resources Infrastructure

2

N/A

EOSC 511

Num. Techniques for Ocean, Atmosphere & Earth Sci

3

1

EOSC 532

Field Laboratory in Groundwater Hydrology

3

2

EOSC 533

Advanced Groundwater Hydrology

3

1

SOIL 515

Integrated Watershed Management

3

1

SOIL 516

Urban Watershed Management

3

1

SOIL 518

Water in International Development

3

2

Approved Undergraduate Electives:

 

 

CIVL 415

Water Resource Engineering

3

2

CIVL 416

Environmental Hydraulics

3

1

CIVL 417

Coastal Engineering

3

2

CIVL 418

Engineering Hydrology

3

1

EOSC 329

Groundwater Hydrology

3

1

EOSC 429

Groundwater Contamination

3

1

1Credit will only be granted for one of CIVL 417 / 540.

2N/A – not offered in 2019/20.