M.Sc. Hydrochemistry or Master of Science in Hydrochemistry is a postgraduate Chemistry course. The hydrochemical study reveals quality of water that is suitable for irrigation, agriculture, drinking and industrial purposes. It was observed that the criteria used in the classification of waters for a particular purpose may not find the suitability standards for other purposes and better results can be obtained only by considering the combined chemistry of all the ions rather than individual or paired ionic characters. Chemical hydrology is concerned with the processes involved and thus includes study of phenomena such as the transport of salts from land to sea (by erosion of rocks and surface runoff) and from sea to land (by evaporation, cloud formation, and precipitation) and the age and origin of groundwater in desert regions and of ice sheets and glaciers. The duration of the course is two years and it is an important and career orienting in nature that offers wide spread opportunities to the candidates after its completion.
M.Sc. Hydrochemistry Eligibility
Bachelors Degree in Science (B.Sc. Chemistry) with minimum 55% marks with Polymer Chemistry / Industrial Chemistry / Petro Chemicals / Environment & Water Management as the main subject and Mathematics and Physics / Computer Science, as subsidiaries with 55% marks in the main subject.
Some reputed colleges and institutes do conduct entrance examination to get admission to their M.Sc. Degree course.
Candidates those who want to investigate and assess surface water bodies (the Dnieper reservoirs cascade, mouth areas of rivers, limans of the north-west Black Sea coast, lakes of Kyiv) in terms of hydro chemical parameters can for the course.
They should be able to conduct physical and chemical monitoring and research in the aquatic environment (including field and laboratory risk assessment, sedimentary and geomorphological survey and instrumental techniques).
They must have transferable skills, notably critical reading and written communication.
They should have skills like data processing and database management; spatial analysis using a Geographical Information System (GIS); multivariate statistical analysis; spreadsheet modelling; computer programming; time management and report writing.
How is M.Sc. Hydrochemistry Course Beneficial?
The Master degree course helps the candidates to deals with the formation of the chemical composition of natural waters. It includes the study of water as a solvent for the complex of minerals of the earth’s crust and the study of the chemical processes.
The course is also beneficial as it provides good base for further studies such as M.Phil. and Ph.D. degree for research work.
Hydrochemistry is important for the development of a number of related sciences, including petrology, mineralogy, soil science, hydrogeology, and hydrobiology.
They can also become environmental teacher in schools and after passing this degree and NET exam they can go for permanent lectureship at college level.