GEO9320 – Hydrological Modelling

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Course content

In this course, you will learn all the important issues related to hydrological modelling, including both surface water modelling and groundwater modelling; interactions between hydrological and climate models, interactions between surface water model with groundwater model.

The course is divided into two parts: part I deals with surface water modelling, whereas part II deals with groundwater modelling, as well as the interactions between surface water and groundwater modelling.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you will be able to

  • classify and evaluate hydrological (both surface water and groundwater) models
  • process and prepare data files for different models
  • solve groundwater flow equations analytically and numerically
  • use well-known models (e.g. HBV, WASMOD, MODFLOW, etc) in water resources assessment, in impact estimation of climate change and land-use change, and in solving groundwater-related problems
  • interpret, analyse and understand the model outputs
  • code your own simple model

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

Overlapping courses


Teaching consists of lectures (4-6 hours) and computer practicals (2-4 hours) per week throughout the semester.

Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (

We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.


  • 3 assignments (application of surface water models, application of groundwater model, code your own simple model with the help of teachers) are examined and count together 50% towards the final grade.

  • A final written exam counts 50% towards the final grade.

  • Both the 3 assignments and the final written examination must be passed separately in order to pass the course. 

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

It will also be counted as 1 of the 3 attempts to sit the exam for this course if you sit the exam for the following course:

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass, the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 1, 2022 2:15:49 PM

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