Environmental Engineering M. Sc.

Human activities in form of resource utilization, energy generation, construction of settlements and infrastructure and transportation are connected to the environment with a vast variety of complex mechanisms. Natural phenomena on the other hand can result to dangers for human activities and human life.

The Environmental Engineering studies address this complex field. Environmental engineers are able to understand, model and predict the outcome of these mechanisms of action. Based on this knowledge they develop and apply strategies and technologies for an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable interaction between the natural and the technical environment.

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The international Master's Program in Environmental Engineering builds upon basic knowledge and competences from undergraduate studies in Environmental Engineering or closely related programmes. The already existing knowledge of facts and methods is expanded, deepened and systematised through individual focal points.

What you'll learn

The Fields of Study are the core of the programme and provide the students with their professional qualification. A common block of Cross Cutting Methods provides competences in acquiring, modelling and visualisation of environmental data. Additionally, students have the opportunity to choose part of their modules from the complete curriculum of TUM incl. language courses and soft skills.

The Environmental Engineering studies provides students with advanced knowledge and methodologies within a combination of two specific „Fields of Study“.

This science oriented course for a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering aims to teach the basic specialized knowledge, methodical competencies and core skills required for undergraduate engineer professionals. They consist of following categories:

  • Engineering basics
  • Nature science
  • Cross cutting competences of environmental engineering
  • Professional specialisation

Study information

The standard period of study for the master's degree in Environmental Engineering is four semesters.

  1. Common Block of Cross Cutting Methods, Technologies and Fundamentals
  2. Specialization in two of eleven offered Fields of Study
  • Urban Water Engineering
  • Water Resources Management
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Hydrogeology, Groundwater, Geothermal Energy
  • Modelling and Measurement of Flow and Transport
  • Resource Efficiency in Urban Planning
  • Environmental Geotechnics
  • Environmental Hazards and Risk
  • Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning
  • Transportation Engineering and Control
  • Water-Food-Energy Nexus

3. possibility to include a limited number of courses from other study programmes of TUM

4. practical study project

5. Master‘s Thesis

Language: English 

Main Location: Munich Downtown Campus

The curriculum consists of: 

  • 2,5 semester (78 credits) aus course and lab work 
  • 0,5 semester (12 credits) practical study project 
  • 1 semester (30 credits) master’s thesis

There are many ways to spend a shorter or longer period abroad during the Master’s studies - for studying or an internship. 

Apart from the well-known Erasmus + program, there are a number of other exchange opportunities available for TUM students. You can find detailed information in the TUM Wiki of your degree program under „Going on exchange - Wege ins Ausland“: Internationales / Exchanges – M.Sc. UI

A recognition of modules from a stay abroad can be achieved in two ways: 

  • Recognition as equivalent 
  • Free elective credits 

The recognition as equivalent means that a module from the TUM-study programme is replaced by an identical module from the partner university. The decision upon this equivalence is taken by the professor responsible for the course at TUM based on the module descriptions. The forms for the recognition are provided by the examination officer.

A recognition in the free elective credits does not require a full equivalence of the modules. If they fit in the thematic scope of the study programme and they are not overlapping with already passed modules at TUM, they can be transferred directly. In this case please consult with the student advisor of the master’s programme. In the master’s programme students can bring in up to 30 credits from the partner university as electives (this applies also to the cross cutting methods) through this procedure. 

You can find further information on the credit recognition process in the TUM Wiki of your degree program under „Going on exchange - Wege ins Ausland“: Internationales / Exchanges – M.Sc. UI

Students staying abroad with a leave of absence can bring in up to 20 credits per semester from the partner university without a cancellation of the leave of absence.

An internship abroad qualifies for the bachelor’s programme if it fulfils the requirements for the required internship. Please consult with the internship office in advance to get a confirmation. 

Are you a student from a foreign university interested in a stay at TUM? Please check the TUM Wiki under „Coming to TUM on exchange“:  Internationales / Exchanges – M.Sc. UI

There is no compulsory internship for the Master of Environmental Engineering.

The online application is made via the application portal TUMonline.

Minimum requirements to apply for a master’s programs at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study. Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.

In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admitted, rejected or invited to an admissions interview. 

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.