Environmental Engineering (Master of Science)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 Semesters|
|Requirements for Admission: Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrollment) consist of a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in the same area or an equivalent degree. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description. For further questions please contact the departmental advisor’s office. Please also note the general information on Master’s Degree programmes, including information for students with degrees from universities abroad: International Admission.|
|Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission (Entrance Requirements Verification) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Special Features: TU Darmstadt offers a Double Degree Programme at a partner university for this course.|
The Master of Science in Environmental Engineering is designed to deepen and broaden the engineering knowledge and skills in the areas of technical environmental protection issues and environmental planning acquired during the Bachelor’s degree. Environmental engineering is related to civil engineering and connects the engineering sciences with the natural, ecological and legal sciences, among others. The degree program encompasses the planning and construction of supply and disposal systems, as well as municipal infrastructure. Students will also be confronted with finding solutions to challenging environmental issues and contribute to solving problems of limited natural resources. There will be a particular scientific focus on issues surrounding the provision of drinking water, a sustainable approach to solid waste and sewage, as well as the protection of bodies of water, the ground and the air. In addition, the degree program in particular, as well as the subject area in general increases interdisciplinary and international levels of cooperation. Students will choose a major subject during the program, allowing them to specialize in one of the sub-fields of environmental engineering. The wide variety and combination possibilities of the various modules and elective courses allow students to address their personal interests in the area. A mentoring system supports each student during the process of selecting suitable courses and subjects.
It is also possible for students to spend a semester abroad studying or working towards completion of the Master’s thesis.
The Master of Science degree programme in Environmental Engineering is divided into four areas, as follows:
Mandatory Subject Area consist of courses from the Interdisciplinary Project “Building and the Environment”, as well as “Environmental Sciences at TU Darmstadt”.
In theElective Subject Area modules are chosen from four specialisations:
- Assessment and Modelling
- Water and Ground Protection
- Space and Infrastructure Planning
- Supply and Disposal
Students choose two of the above four specialisations, consisting of Basic Modules (for a total of 36 CPs) and Advanced Modules (for a total of 18 CPs). Courses in the other two specialisations consist of basic modules only, for a total of 12 CPs.
TheSpecialised Optional Area supplements the regular specialised courses with modules from the entire course catalogue of the TU Darmstadt. Here again students choose basic and advanced modules in the four specialisations and from the departmental catalogue of optional specializsed courses.
In theGeneral Optional Area courses are chosen from the entire TU Darmstadt course & module catalogue or are recommended by the department as good choices to expand and complement the student’s interests.
The Master’s Thesis is the final component of the degree programme. This semester-long, independent research project is an essential part of the Master’s degree programme.
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While the Bachelor of Science focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Science builds directly on this foundation by providing students with more depth and breadth scientifically and more insight into the field. In contrast to the Bachelor degree programme, the Master of Science enables and requires 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 of Science degree.
Related Degree Programmes
|Environmental Engineering (B.Sc.) (Umweltingenieurwissenschaften, B.Sc.)|
|Architecture (M.Sc.) (Architektur, M.Sc.)|
|Civil Engineering (M.Sc.) (Bauingenieurwesen, M.Sc.)|
|Computational Engineering (M.Sc.)|
|Geodesy and Geoinformation (M.Sc.) (Geodäsie und Geoinformation, M.Sc.)|
|Traffic and Transport (M.Sc.) (Verkehrswesen, M.Sc.)|
|Business Engineering – Technical Field of Studies Civil Engineering (M.Sc.) (Wirschaftsingenieurwesen – Technische Fachrichtung Bauingenieurwesen, M.Sc.)|
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)
Whether climate change, disappearing natural resources, overpopulation or megacities and their related problems, environmental issues are becoming more and more important. It will not be possible to accomplish these serious challenges without technical solutions. One can readily assume that environmental knowledge will be highly valued in the future, giving graduates of this program a high degree of employability.
Environmental engineers are employed in areas dealing with water supply and disposal, waste disposal, energy supply, environmental aspects of urban planning, decontamination of air, ground and noise pollution.
Environmental engineers work as project leaders, appraisers and planners. They may be employed in engineering offices, public service, development projects, transport companies and sanitation services.
Environmental engineers often work closely with civil engineers, geodetic engineers, mechanical engineers, architects, spatial planners and landscape planners, as well as in teams with natural, industrial or social scientists to find solutions to various issues.
For this reason it is important to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
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:
Bundesverband für Umweltberatung bfub e.V. (Federal Environmental Advisory Agency)
Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) (Association of German Engineers)