Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering (M.Sc.)


Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering

(Master of Science)


General Information

Degree: Master of Science
Duration: 4 Semester
Language: English
Internship: see semester course schedule below
Requirements for Admission:
  • For admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrolment), applicants are required to prove geoscientific or civil engineering competences, or competences in a related subject on at least Bachelor level, as documented through a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering degree or a comparable examination. Admission to the Master’s degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here. For further questions please contact the departmental advisor’s office.
    Please also note the general information on the Master degree programme, including information for students with degrees from abroad: International Admission.
  • English language proficiency in form of a certificate. English language proficiency is regarded as proven if your previous degree (e.g. Bachelor) was taught entirely in English; further information
Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission (Entrance Requirements Verification) 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.
Application: Online
Special Features: 1. For this degree programme, the Technische Universität Darmstadt offers Online Self-Assessment for selecting a course of study.
2. TU Darmstadt offers a Double Degree Programme at a partner university for this course.

Brief Description

Semester Course Schedule (print version)
Semester Course Schedule (print version)

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.

More information:

Module Handbook

Course Catalogue

Institute for Applied Earth Sciences


Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students

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