Entry requirements

1. Undergraduate Degree

Applicants are expected to be predicted or have achieved a undergraduate degree (BSc) either in

  • engineering, for example Civil or Environmental Engineering, Chemical or Biological Engineering


  • natural sciences: Geoecology, Environmental Sciences, or Geosciences


  • in a related topic.

The degree program should have a minimum regular duration of three years and a scope of 180 ECTS points.

2. Academic Achievements

In their transcript of records applicants need to demonstrate  a proficiency level in

  • higher mathematics with a scope of at least 12 ECTS points,
  • science and engineering fundamentals  such as physics, mechanics, chemistry, biology, or thermodynamics with a scope of at least 12 ECTS points
  • 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 at least 12 ECTS points.

If up to 3 credit points are missing, admission may be granted with the obligation that the applicant successfully completes the required level by the end of the 1st semester.

3. English Proficiency

Applicants have to supply suitable evidence that they meet the English language requirements: either a)TOEFL iBT at or above a score of 90; b) an IELTS with an overall score of at least 6.5 and no section below 5.5, c) University of Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or University of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or d) a UNIcert with at least level II.

If the proof is not available at the time of application, admission may be only be granted with the reservation that the proof is presented upon enrollment at latest.

An MOI-certificate (MOI=medium of instruction) is not enough - exception: Proof is not required for candidates who have completed their university or highschool education in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand; or for candidates who have completed a study program at a university in the European Economic Area or Switzerland with English as only language of instruction stated in the degree certificate, transcript of records, or diploma supplement.


4. Selection and Interview

Selected applicants are invited for an interview where they can show that they are able and motivated to successfully complete the master's program within the regular study period (more details here).


The legally binding admission regulations are published as Zulassungsordnung [in German].