Whether you are protecting and conserving the environment, or identifying and rectifying damage with engineers’ tools: every day is a heroic act.
Master of Engineering (M. Eng.)
Duration of studies
3 Semester (90 Credits)
Language of instruction
German (proof of proficiency is required)
Programme start date
summer and winter semester
no numerus clausus
As environmental and/or energy experts, our students create ‘technology in balance with nature’. Study programmes offered at HSWT in Triesdorf focus on practical technical and ecological aspects but also look at sustainability and economical perspectives: in the consecutive master's in Environmental Engineering, you will learn how to apply new environmental technologies and how to protect and improve existing ecological systems.
Graduates from the three bachelor’s degree programmes in Environmental Protection at HSWT can apply for a place on the master's course. However, the degree programme is also available to prospective students from Germany or abroad who have completed a comparable engineering degree spanning six to seven semesters and have attained 180 or 210 EC credits. Along with 60% of students with a bachelor’s degree or a diploma from Triesdorf, 26.5% of students accepted to date came from other German universities. Some 13.5% of students come from overseas universities (including in Iran, Hungary, Algeria, Tunisia, Kosovo, and Colombia).
In its Environmental Engineering master’s degree programme, Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences trains students to become experts and managers who contribute to solving urgent environmental issues. With a degree in Environmental Engineering, you can help conserve the environment for the benefit of future generations.
At the start of the master's course, you choose two of four specialisations, which can be combined as you like:
You can also take required elective modules to cover elements of the specialisations that you have not selected.
The specialisations you choose will determine the orientation of your project work: when studying Environmental Engineering, you will work independently – alone or in a team with other students – on current environmental issues. These could arise from ongoing research projects run by the Institute for Biomass Research Triesdorf-Ansbach (BIT) or local companies. Students have access to state-of-the-art, well equipped laboratories and technical facilities at the Triesdorf campus for their placements, project work and master’s theses.
The master's degree programme in Environmental Engineering aims to provide students with an academic education through practice-oriented instruction that rests upon a foundation of scientific knowledge and methods – this applies to all of our Environmental Protection courses, and other specialisations.
This compulsory module covers the concept of sustainability with its three dimensions: ecology, efficiency and ethical-social responsibility. The objective is to recognise the need for action in companies and institutions and to develop and implement appropriate concepts.
In two projects, you will learn how to work on a set task in a structured, team-oriented and goal-oriented manner. Learning goals include independently identifying issues, applying academic norms and developing solutions on a scientific basis.
The master's thesis gives you the chance to demonstrate that you can produce a piece of written work on a typical question in the area of environmental engineering within six months. When doing so, you will observe the academic norms in terms of selecting your methods, assessing the results and writing them up.
In the master's module, you will present and discuss the results of your master's thesis. Here, you will learn how to take part in academic discourse and critical discussions.
Please note that the module handbooks are updated at the beginning of each semester. The applicable module handbooks for any given semester are the handbooks published at the beginning of that semester.
The importance of issues such as the environment, energy and resource efficiency is steadily increasing in virtually every sector of production, as well as in retail, logistics and transport, construction and engineering offices. This can be attributed to a greater focus on the efficient use of natural resources as well as to ever-stricter legal requirements for climate and environmental protection. This has brought with it a considerable demand for suitably qualified technical and management professionals, especially appropriately qualified engineers.
The master’s degree in Environmental Engineering qualifies you to design suitable structures and management systems. You will therefore be able to implement a wide range of measures, in companies or in public administration, for improving environmental performance in the long term.
Fields of employment in the environmental sector are quite diverse. The following general areas are particularly relevant:
The master's degree programme in Environmental Engineering has an interdisciplinary structure, so you will also be able to take up posts which are increasingly based in areas that span different companies and overlapping fields. This means that managers in the environmental engineering sector need to keep an overview of processes both within and outside of the company.
"The Environmental Engineering master’s degree at the Triesdorf campus deepened my interest in the correlations between energy production and its environmental influences. Working at OmniCert, I currently manage numerous biogas plants and cogeneration plants as part of the Renewable Energy Sources Act and I also see the relevance of environmental management systems in companies on a daily basis."
Anette Lang (M. Eng.), OmniCert Umweltgutachter GmbH, Bad Abbach
"The master's degree programme in Environmental Engineering at the Triesdorf campus gives you the opportunity to shape your studies according to your own interests with a wide range of unique (required) elective modules. This meant I was able to develop in the direction I had envisaged.
As soon as I completed my master's thesis ‘Life cycle assessment of technical resources’ at SICK AG, I started work as a Sustainability Manager at Glatthaar Keller where I am helping to prepare the company for climate neutrality by 2030"
Leila Abdul Kader (M. Eng.), Glatthaar Keller GmbH & Co. KG, Schramberg
In order to be accepted to the Master’s degree programme in Environmental Engineering, applicants must fulfil the following admission requirements:
You can read more about the general application process for bachelor’s and master's degree programmes under 'Application for a course'.
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