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Environmental Engineering (Master's)

Whether you are protecting and conserving the environment, or identifying and rectifying damage with engineers’ tools: every day is a heroic act.


Academic qualification

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

Admission restrictions

no numerus clausus

Study Environmental Engineering and help shape a green future

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).


Course content of the Environmental Engineering master's degree programme

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:

Energy topics:

  • Simulation & Measurement Engineering
  • Energy Efficiency

Environmental topics:

  • Environmental Forensics
  • Environmental Monitoring.

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.

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How the Environmental Engineering degree is structured

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.

What you can expect from the various specialisations:

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  • Specialisation in Simulation & Measurement Engineering

    1. The Process Simulation module covers advanced knowledge in the area of climate-neutral energy systems (efficient, [de]centralised heat and power generation and refrigeration), environmental technologies and life cycle assessment.
    1. In the Mechatronic Systems study module, you will enhance your scientific skills for the assessment and theoretical modelling of the behaviour of dynamic systems using measurement technology.
    1. In the third module, you will study thermal systems and issues relating to heat generation: you will gain knowledge of measurement engineering and simulation technology, with particular regard to building and plant engineering.
  • Specialisation in Energy Efficiency

    1. The focus here is on cogeneration, whose theoretical principles and practical applications help to increase energy efficiency and thus to achieve climate goals.
    1. You will learn advanced methods for energy optimisation in buildings and plants: the main focus here is on determining and assessing the demand for heat energy and primary energy, as well as practical knowledge on rational energy use.
    1. In the Energy from Waste Materials study module, you will learn how energy can be recovered from waste, waste water and sewage sludge and acquire the necessary planning skills.
  • Specialisation in Environmental Forensics

    1. Bioanalytics focuses on advanced methods for protein and nucleic acid analysis. The study module will enable you to assess the areas of application of these methods and their limitations. The course content also covers how to document and assess the results.
    1. In Instrumental Analytics you will learn more about testing methods for identifying pollutants in environmental samples, and acquire the ability to interpret and evaluate test results.
    1. The lecture Pollutants in Soil and Ground Water deals with the use of soil and ground water, the methods for functional assessment of soil properties, as well as interpreting the results to detect soil and groundwater contamination.
  • Specialisation in Environmental Monitoring

    1. In Applied Aquatic Ecology, you will learn about the European Water Framework Directive, plus its implementation and application. This also includes multiple contamination situations in aquatic ecosystems.
    1. The lecture on GIS-based Spatial Analysis will give you the tools to perform spatially explicit analysis of the landscape ecosystem. You will learn about different soil types, other soil parameters, biodiversity patterns and the spatial extrapolation of data gathered.
    1. In thel Quantitative Methods of Ecological Analysis module, you will learn how to assess the quality of habitats in relation to the existing environmental quality. Other methods will also enable you to predict the consequences of planned changes.
  • Nachhaltig Wirtschaften (Sustainable Management)

    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.

  • Projects

    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.

  • Master’s thesis

    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.

  • Master Colleg (master’s module)

    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.

  • Module handbooks

    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.

    Environmental Engineering degree programme modules

    1. Modulhandbuch für Prüfungsordnung WS 2019/20
    2. Modulhandbuch für Prüfungsordnung SS 2017

    Triesdorf Language Centre modules

    1. Modulhandbuch Sprachenzentrum

    Required elective modules for all degree programmes in Triesdorf

    1. Modulhandbuch Wahlpflichtmodule
    2. Modulhandbuch Wahlpflichtmodule Master
Students of the Environmental Engineering master's programme in Triesdorf taking water samples


Career prospects for environmental engineers

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:

  • Circular economy
  • Soil protection & remediation of contaminated sites
  • Environmental analytics & bioanalytics (environmental forensics)
  • Water supply & wastewater treatment
  • Water pollution control (renaturation)
  • Environmental & conservation planning, biodiversity
  • Emission protection (noise, air pollutants, etc.)
  • Generation of electricity, heating & cooling from renewable energy sources
  • Energy efficiency in the area of processes, buildings & logistics
  • Efficient management of natural resources (life cycle analysis)
  • Development & manufacturing of environmental protection goods
  • Operational environmental management
  • Energy consulting (incl. building material assessment)
  • Consultancy & planning services for companies

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.

Environmental Engineering graduate Annette Lang works at OmniCert

"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

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Environmental Engineering graduate Leila Abdul Kader, Sustainability Manager at Glatthaar Keller

"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

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Environmental Engineering: requirements for the degree programme

In order to be accepted to the Master’s degree programme in Environmental Engineering, applicants must fulfil the following admission requirements:

  • Evidence of a completed Bachelor’s or diploma degree course (Diplomstudium) in environmental engineering, technology of renewable energies, climate-neutral energy systems, water technology or a comparable (equivalent) engineering programme. This applies to degrees from a German university or to comparable degrees from a foreign university.
  • For provisional admission, you must provide proof of at least 180 EC credits. The remaining 30 EC credits can be achieved as part of the Environmental Engineering master’s degree programme, e.g. through a practical training semester and/or passing bachelor’s examinations. If you have already attained 210 EC points in your bachelor’s degree, you will not need to earn any more EC points.
  • The classes at the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences are predominantly held in German. International students, whose native language is not German, must therefore provide evidence of their German language skills (B2 level).

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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Environmental Engineering at Triesdorf: why we are the right choice for you

  • Your work will help preserve the environment for future generations.
  • Studying Environmental Engineering opens up numerous areas of application to you.
  • You will complete active project work with a heavy focus on practical relevance.


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