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Environmental Engineering (MSc)

Master's degree programme in Environmental Engineering

The MSc in Environmental Engineering targets candidates with an interest in technical subjects and the natural sciences who seek to explore the topics of environment, climate change, sustainability, infrastructure and renewable energies in an interconnected context and want in future to develop concepts and solutions for major societal challenges, e.g. in the following fields:

  • Safe, clean and efficient energy
  • Intelligent, environmentally friendly and integrated transport
  • Climate protection, environment, resource conservation and raw materials.

Standard period of study: 3 semesters ­

Programme start: Summer and winter semester

** The Master's degree programme in Environmental Engineering with a specialisation in Geothermal Energy Systems is taught entirely in English.


Programme details

Admission requirements

Admission to the MSc in Environmental Engineering is conditional on a relevant qualification (bachelor or Diplomingenieur) from a programme lasting at least seven semesters in environmental engineering, civil engineering, geosciences, sustainable development, process engineering (210 ECTS credits) or a comparable programme at a state or state-recognised university with:

  • A final cumulative grade of 2.5 (up to 2.59) or higher
  • ECTS Grade B or better

Proof of sufficient proficiency in German or English to Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

  • German language level C1 GER of the Common European Framework of Reference (GER) 
  • German language skills at level A2 CEFR and English language skills at level B2 CEFR, if you would like to complete study profile "Geothermal Energy Systems", which is taught in English.
    When completing an English-language degree programme, sufficient knowledge of English is considered proven.

Proof of English language skills at B2 level can be provided by e.g.

  • TOEFL iBT (at least 72 points)
  • IELTS (Academic English, face-to-face with speaking component): 5
  • First Certificate in English (FCE)
  • TOEIC: 400 (listening) and 385 (reading)
  • A completed degree where the language of instruction is English

Learning agreements

Our University launched its 3-semester MSc in Environmental Engineering in the 2018/19 winter semester. This aligns it with the 7-semester bachelor’s programmes that lead to a degree with 210 ECTS credits.

Applicants who have completed a 6-semester bachelor’s programme (180 ECTS credits) can also enrol on the MSc in Environmental Engineering. Proof of the missing 30 ECTS credits can be produced in the shape of what are known as “learning agreements”, which do not necessarily have to be achieved before starting the master’s programme! For example, students can complete elective modules on the scale of 30 ECTS credits from the fifth and sixth semesters of the 7-semester bachelor’s programme. The exception here is modules offered by the “Institute for Successful Study and Didactics (ISD)”.

Do I have to apply separately for this? No! You apply first of all as usual for the master’s programme of your choice. If you are accepted, the Examinations Office will inform you whether alignment credits are required and from which subjects you may choose.

Programme structure

With its 3-semester, application-oriented MSc in Environmental Engineering, our University aims to enable qualified students to pursue ambitious careers in research, professional engineering firms or the civil service. They will also be able to pursue a further academic qualification (PhD).

There are no specific pathways for the MSc in Environmental Engineering. Students can design their curriculum around their own interests, choosing from a wide range of modules or specialising in areas such as infrastructure planning, water management and transport, construction and energy, or geothermal energy systems. Complementary project-based and practice-based modules give students the freedom to explore a particular issue in depth and with a scientific approach.