MSc in Water Engineering at Technische Hochschule Lübeck, Germany

Technische Hochschule Lübeck 4 Semesters
Gernamy Full Time
Master of Science (MSc) Onsite

The international study program in Water Engineering Master (WEM) provides a modern and sound postgraduate education in water-related aspects of environmental engineering. It is a consecutive international full-time course of study with a duration of four semesters, during which students earn 120 CP (ECTS). The language of instruction is English. This course offers a specialization in water science to students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, renewable energy, or environmental engineering.

The study program in Water Engineering qualifies future experts in all water-related aspects of environmental engineering. Students will learn the design and planning of hydropower for regenerative energy generation, environmentally friendly hydraulic design of rivers, modern stormwater retention, sustainable urban drainage and water management, wastewater treatment technologies, and the design of ecohydrological measures to improve the water quality of terrestrial and coastal water bodies. There is a special emphasis on hydraulic, hydrological, and groundwater modeling techniques. Students learn the remediation and restoration techniques of water bodies. The program includes excellent exchange opportunities with European partner universities (ERASMUS) during the third semester.

The following five thematic areas are covered:

advanced scientific methods (programming, modern monitoring, data science)
water quality (water treatment, groundwater remediation, and protection)
societal challenges related to water with a focus on sustainable urban planning
engineering of hydraulic and hydrological systems
simulation and modeling of water systems
The Master’s program is composed of ten courses, including three projects, five elective courses offered with European partner universities, and the Master’s thesis.

Applied projects are offered on integrated and applied water engineering solutions. Technische Hochschule Lübeck (THL) cooperates with the University of Lübeck, research centers, and regional companies. The program offers an exchange semester with European partner universities from Portugal, Belgium, and Poland to foster international exchange in water engineering.

THL offers excellent laboratory facilities such as an experimental water treatment plant and a modern hydraulic laboratory as well as laboratories for hydrology and water chemistry. Courses provide insight into ongoing projects, research, and development activities in the field of international water engineering.

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Course Details:

During the winter semester (beginning in October), lectures are given on the following topics:

  • Higher Mathematics and Data Science
  • Research Methods
  • Water Regulation
  • Advanced Waste Water Treatment
  • Urban Water Protection
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation (I): Groundwater

During the summer semester (starting in March/April), courses are given on the following topics:

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Applied Freshwater Ecology
  • Sustainable Urban Systems
  • Hydrological Engineering
  • Simulation and Modelling (II): Surface Water

During the third semester, students will have the opportunity to cooperate with our European partners in Portugal, Belgium, and Poland to focus on ecohydrology, water management, or water engineering. THL offers a broad range of elective courses or facilities to improve soft and language skills. We cooperate with more than 80 SME and industrial partners for practical training.

Applied Master’s projects in water engineering are offered jointly with companies and research institutes or as research and development projects. THL is one of the most successful universities of applied sciences in terms of raising project support for applied projects. Based on availability, we offer participation and student jobs in applied projects to WEM students after the first semester.

Students of WEM have access to German language courses given by professional language teachers at different levels, from A1 to C1.

Enrollment Requirements:

Please refer to the WEM website to check for our pre-qualification requirements.

Bachelor’s/Master’s/German “Diplom” degree:

  • minimum of 180 credits
  • average grade 2.7 (German system: 1 to 5, 1 = best)

Accepted disciplines (degree):

  • civil engineering
  • environmental engineering
  • renewable energies
  • adjoining topics

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Costs/Tuition Fees:

Free Of Cost

Level/Field(s) of Study:

Natural Science

Language Requirements:

Applicants must provide proof of their English skills: TOEFL 550 (paper-based), 80 (Internet-based), or the equivalent.

About the University/Institution:

Technische Hochschule Lübeck, a university-like institution of applied sciences with its campus in the traditional town of Lübeck, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is proud of its 180-year history. Founded in 1808, it was not until 1969 that the government of Schleswig-Holstein integrated three separate colleges, the College of Technology and Seafaring, the College of Construction, and the College of Engineering, to form Lübeck University of Applied Sciences. Since 1973, it has consistently held an outstanding reputation as a technical college of higher education.

Application Deadline:

For non-European students, the application deadline is in the middle of July. An early application at least about three to six months prior to the semester start is recommended.

For German and European students, the application deadline is end of September. Please check the WEM website for application details.

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