Water Research and Education

Interviews for Intake Summer 2021

The interviews for admission for summer semester 2021 will be held between 25 January and 29 January 2021.

Selected applicants will be invited for an interview. Interviews are held online. Time and date of the interview are announced by e-mail at latest one week in advance.

Candidate Selection and Interview

Candidate Selection

Candidates are selected according to their final grade, academic and extracurricular achievements, and an interview:

  1. The final grade is rated with up to 45 points;
  2. Academic achievements are rated with up to 45 points (0.5 point per ECTS):
    • Higher Mathematics with a scope of up to 20 ECTS,
    • Science and engineering fundamentals  such as physics, mechanics, chemistry, biology, or thermodynamics with a scope of up to 35 ECTS,
    • Water-related engineering or natural sciences such as water management, hydrology, hydraulic engineering, sanitary engineering, fluid mechanics, water treatment, hydrogeology, physical geography, soil science, environmental sciences, or hydrometeorology with a scope of up to 35 ECTS;
  3. Extracurricular achievements, like scientific publications, prizes, or work experience in the water sector, are rated with up to 10 points.
  4. Candidates are selected for an interview according to their points from steps 1-3. The number of selected candidates is at least twice the number of available places.

 

Interview

Interviews of about 20 minutes length are part of the selection process. The interviews aim at assessing if the selected applicants are able and motivated to successfully complete the master's program within the regular study period. The applicants have to show that they can apply the knowledge from their previous studies to basic problems in water-related engineering and sciences. Problem areas include:

  • transport and transformation processes in natural or urban water cycles,
  • description and analysis of aquatic systems,
  • balance approaches and dimensioning.

In addition, the performance at interview is also evaluated in terms of terminology, approach to the problems, and the conclusiveness of the argumentation.The ability of the applicant to methodically discuss problems in intercultural contexts will also be evaluated.

 

Rating

The performance at interview is rated on a scale of 0 to 100 points. The competence of the applicant to relate the contents of his/her professional training on scientific questions and objectives of water-related engineering and natural sciences is rated with up to 50 points. With up to 30 points, the motivation and study plan of the prospective student are rated. The ability to discuss subject-specific problems methodically is rated with up to 20 points.

 

Time and Notification

Interviews are likely to be held three to six weeks after the application deadlines. Time and place of the interview are announced by e-mail at altest one week in advance. In exceptional circumstances, interviews may be conducted by telephone and internet.

 

The fine print 

The interview will be rated with 0 points if the applicant does not appear for the appointment without good cause. Who abandons the interview after its start, is rated according to the results achieved up to this point. The applicant is entitled to participate again in the next appointment at the KIT if it is immediately proven in writing that the absence or the abandoning of the interview was due to an important reason. In case of illness, a medical certificate must be presented.

If the applicant attempts to influence the outcome of the interview by cheating, the interview will be rated with 0 points. An applicant who disturbs the proper procedure of interview may be excluded from the interview. In this case the interview will be rated with 0 points.