Environmental Engineering

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The master's degree program in Environmental Engineering deals with the complex connectivity of human activites with the natural environment.

TUM School of Engineering and Design

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Standard Duration of Studies
  • 4 Semesters (Full Time)
Credits Main Locations
Application Period

Winter semester: 01.01. – 31.05.
Summer semester: 01.09. – 15.01.

Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Possible for both winter and summer semester
Costs Required Language Proficiency

Information on Degree Program

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.

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

  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

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient English language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your English language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is English.

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

  • Public administrations
  • Engineering companies
    • River Engineering, Water Management, Hydropower
    • Risk Analysis/ Management/ Mitigation of Natural Hazards
    • Environmental Geotechnics, Remediation of contaminated sites
    • Drinking water/ wastewater treatment
    • Hydraulic systems and pipelines
    • Urban planning, urban infrastructure systems
    • Transportation planning and engineering
    • Management of groundwater reservoirs and geothermal energy
  • Software development
  • Research and development
  • NGOs

Application and Admission

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program 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.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

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.

In detail:

We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.

Application period for winter semester: 01.01. – 31.05.
Application period for summer semester: 01.09. – 15.01.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

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 admittedrejected or invited to an admissions interview

In detail: 

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.

What are my options after earning this degree?

You have earned your master’s degree and are ready to start your career? TUM Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

If you are interested in continuing your studies,  you will find information of doctoral studies at TUM, here.