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Environmental Engineering (Master's)

As environmental and/or energy experts, our students engage with 'technology in balance with nature’' The programme focuses on the practice-oriented ecological and sustainable economic drive to promote new environmental technologies and to protect and improve existing ecological systems. They strengthen their skills profile in two of four specialisations, which they are free to choose themselves: Simulation and Measurement Engineering, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Forensics, and Environmental Monitoring.


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


Course content of the Environmental Engineering master's 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 and thus preserve the environment for the benefit of future generations. Specialisations can be chosen from a single field, either Energy (Simulation and Measurement Engineering, Energy Efficiency) or Environment (Environmental Forensics, Environmental Monitoring), or from a combination of the two. Additionally, sub-specialisations from the specialisations not selected can be added as required elective modules. Both project work options require students to work independently – alone or as a team – on current environmental issues; these could arise from current research projects run by the Triesdorf-Ansbach Biomass Institute (BIT) or local companies. State-of-the-art, well equipped laboratories and technical facilities are available to students at the Triesdorf campus for their placements, project work and master’s theses.

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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. Graduates should gain the qualifications necessary to pursue independent, high-level careers in fields relating to the environment.


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  • Specialisation in Simulation & Measurement Engineering

    In this module, students acquire knowledge of process simulation and mechatronic and thermal systems. In Process Simulation, students acquire an advanced knowledge in the fields of renewable energies (heat production, refrigeration and electricity production, among others) and environmental technologies. In the Mechatronic Systems module, students will gain advanced skills for the assessment and theoretical modelling of the behaviour of dynamic systems using measurement technology. They will also enhance their methodological knowledge of operating, controlling and monitoring facilities and processes in the area of renewable energy and environmental technology with a focus on mechanical and electrical components. The Thermal Systems module provides a deeper scientific understanding of the field of heat generation. Additionally, students will gain knowledge of measurement engineering and simulation technology, with particular regard to building and plant engineering.

  • Specialisation in Energy Efficiency

    In this module, students learn about cogeneration, energy optimisation in buildings and facilities and energy production from waste materials. In the lectures on cogeneration, students are taught about the advanced mechanisms of cogeneration with reference to the role of increased energy efficiency in achieving climate goals. In the Energy Optimisation of Buildings and Plants module, students learn advanced methods for determining and evaluating the heat energy and primary energy needs of buildings and plants, combined with application-oriented knowledge of rational energy use. In the Energy from Waste Materials module, students acquire advanced knowledge of the usable energy potential of waste, wastewater and sewage sludge. Furthermore, students develop expertise in the design of facilities for the generation of energy from wastewater and sewage sludge.

  • Specialisation in Environmental Forensics

    In this module, students gain knowledge of bioanalytics, instrumental environmental analytics and pollutants in soil and ground water. Bioanalytics focuses on advanced methods of protein and nucleic acid analysis. Students learn to identify areas of application for these methods, formulate their limits, document the results of investigations and evaluate their objective accuracy. In Instrumental Analytics, students gain a deeper understanding of testing methods for the identification of pollutants in environmental samples, as well as enhancing their ability to interpret and evaluate test results. In the lectures on Pollutants in Soil and Ground Water, students become familiar with soil and ground water as multifunctional resources that are subject to diverse usage pressure. Students learn about the methods of assessment and functional evaluation of soil properties based on their specific values and their logical interpretation for the assessment of soil and groundwater pollution.

  • Specialisation in Environmental Monitoring

    In this module, students acquire knowledge of applied aquatic ecology, GIS-based spatial analysis and quantitative methods of ecological analysis. Applied Aquatic Ecology deals with questions relating to the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive and its practical application in water management and the multiple kinds of pollution that aquatic ecosystems are exposed to. The focal point of the lectures on GIS-based Spatial Analysis is the spatially explicit analysis of the landscape ecosystem. Central to this are the identification of soil types and other soil parameters and the spatial extrapolation of data gathered. Biodiversity patterns in the landscape, suitable indices and their spatial representation make up an additional theme of these lectures. Quantitative Methods of Ecological Analysis deals with the quantitative analysis of the quality of limnic and terrestrial habitats. Additionally, students become acquainted with procedures for the estimation of environmental quality, as well as methods for predicting the effects of projected changes.

  • Sustainable Management

    Participants learn about the concept of sustainability with its three dimensions: ecology, efficiency and ethical-social responsibility. They are able to recognise the need for action in companies and institutions and to develop and implement appropriate concepts. In particular, students learn about the various concepts for evaluating the efficiency of ecological and ethically motivated measures, and are able to identify economically viable alternatives.

  • Projekt studies

    Students are able to perform their own scientific investigation, under supervision, into a given topic from the field of environmental engineering within a given time frame, and to present a written analysis with reference to academic norms. Students learn to work on a set task in a structured, team-oriented and goal-oriented manner. In doing so, emphasis is placed on the independent recognition of issues and the development of solutions. With the completion of two project studies – either based on each another, or two independent projects – scientific content is processed in an application-specific manner, with special emphasis placed on practical requirements.

  • Master’s thesis

    Students are in a position to independently engage with an issue typical of environmental engineering on a scientific basis within a given time frame and to present a written analysis with reference to academic norms. Students structure their topic independently, prepare work plans and schedules, choose suitable scientific methods for the analysis and adequately implement these methods.

  • Master’s module

    The Master’s module provides for academic discourse, and is intended to enable students to scientifically present methods and results and to engage in critical discussions, as well as to constructively integrate points of criticism into their work.

  • 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 Weihenstephan

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



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.

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, providing an excellent foundation for employment in areas with overlapping fields.

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 masetr's programme: Admission requirements

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. With proof of 210 EC credits, admission is possible without further conditions.
  • 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).

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