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Small Hydropower for Sustainable Development

Small Hydropower for Sustainable Development (100% distance learning)

Electricity has undoubtedly become an indispensable part of our modern community. The options on how to provide electricity depend mainly on the national availability of the respective resources and have of course different impacts on the environment. Electricity from hydropower, focusing on small hydropower, is renewable and environmentally sound. Hydropower contributes 75 % of total global renewable electricity production and in several countries world-wide, hydropower is the backbone of the supply system. Two thirds of the global hydropower potential is still untapped and is waiting to be exploited by well-educated engineers.

Profession and Career

“The master’s course is a unique opportunity to become an expert in small hydropower engineering. All lecturers are highly experienced in their respective field and work scientifically as well as practically. The course addresses any needs a hydropower engineer might be faced with.”
Prof. B. Pelikan, BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences), Vienna

Through completing the training, participants have detailed knowledge of the field of small hydropower and in equally important neighboring fields.

The educational objective and skills to be achieved can be concretized as follows:

  • a thorough knowledge of all the fundamentals of hydropower utilization
  • specific knowledge of hydromechanics
  • specific knowledge of hydrology and hydrography
  • a thorough knowledge of all components and their function
  • a thorough knowledge of environmental impacts and their compensation
  • ability to assess existing power plants as well as power plant projects in terms of quality and efficiency
  • ability to plan a power plant until concessioning


  • Language: English
  • ECTS Points: 120
  • Duration: 4 Semesters + Master Thesis
  • Costs: Euro 4.500 per Semester
  • Organisation: Distance Learning Program (this master program is accessible 100% via the internet)