Master of Science
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.
|Degree||Master of Science|
|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. Information for students with degrees from abroad: International 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.|
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.
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: Ph.D. at TU Darmstadt
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.
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)
Guidelines and Study Regulations
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