Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering
(Master of Science)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 Semester|
|Internship: see semester course schedule below|
Requirements for Admission: |
|Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission (suitability test) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.|
|Part-time Studies: No|
|Programme Start: winter semester|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Special Features: For this degree programme, the Technische Universität Darmstadt offers Online Self-Assessment for selecting a course of study.|
1. Objective of the Course
The objective of this Master course, which builds on a qualifying degree in a suitable geoscientific or comparable field, is the scientific education and specialization of German and international geoscientists in order to deal with resource-, hazard-, hydrology-, and environmental management-related topics. The program aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills for solving problems associated with water exploitation, groundwater protection and soil conservation as well as provide an introduction to the geoscientific concerns associated with land use planning in tropical and subtropical areas.
2. Course Structure
The course is divided into the following phases:
a. A preliminary phase (distance course and learning control) without matriculation, which takes place before the applicant begins his/her studies at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. This ensures that all participants are on the same level of knowledge in the field of basic geosciences.
b. An attendance phase over three semesters at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, comprising semester courses as well as block courses.
c. The Scientific Training (6-8 weeks) which can be done during the course and, if applicable, in the home country of the student; its results are documented in a written report.
d. The 4th semester, in which the Master Thesis is prepared (6 months).
3. Module Structure
The course consists of Mandatory and Elective Subject Areas.
The Mandatory Subject Area includes a field trip to a semiarid region, a project seminar, and the Scientific Training.
The Basic Modules cover essential geoscientific knowledge and methods. The students decide on their choice of Basic Modules in an orientation meeting with the student advisor.
Objective of the Special Modules is to deepen the scientific and methodological knowledge of the students, with focus on the specific conditions of the target region of this course
4. Mentoring and Advising
At the start of the first semester a lecturer actively participating in the TropHEE Master Course is assigned to each student as a mentor. The mentors provide advice to the students during their course of study in the fields of curriculum planning, examinations, potential stays abroad, and in potential crisis or conflict situations. The students consult with their mentors at the end of the first semester to discuss potential fields of specialisation and to individually plan the further course of study.
Modulhandbuch (Module Handbook)
Vorlesungsverzeichnis (Course Catalogue)
Institut für Angewandte Geowissenschaften (Institute for Applied Earth Sciences)
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While a Bachelor’s degree focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master’s degree serves to upgrade the qualifications of graduates. The Master’s degree focuses more than the Bachelor’s degree on enabling and requiring students to adopt their own major focus and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile.
For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.
Related Degree Programmes
Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
Having completed the course, the graduates are prepared for the following professional areas and fields of research:
transport and fate of contaminants, with specific knowledge concerning humid tropic and semiarid areas;
sustainable groundwater protection with emphasis on tropic areas;
planning, design and implementation of groundwater protection areas and catchment areas as well as catchment management;
site investigation and remediation of brown fields and contaminated water and soil;
soil erosion and protection;
investigation, assessment and sustainable exploitation of geo-resources, such as raw materials or water;
consulting in the fields of water resources and management.
In addition to this and generally it is recommended to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations, institutions or companies. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Berufsverband Deutscher Geowissenschaftler e.V. (Professional Organisation of German Geoscientists)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften (German Association for Geoscience)