Advanced Water Engineering

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 5.37 k / Semester(s) Deadline: Oct 1, 2023
140 place StudyQA ranking:1519 Duration:2 years You need IELTS certificate

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Technische Universität Berlin has established a satellite Campus in El Gouna to act as an academic hub and research centre at the Red Sea in Egypt, the heart of the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. The exceptional location of TU Berlin Campus El Gouna provides a state-of-the-art environment for studying and research, while serving as a bridge for scientific and intercultural exchange between Europe, the MENA region, and the other parts of the world.
All two-year study programmes comprise 120 Credit Points (ECTS) and are taught in English. Students graduate with a full Master's degree from the Technische Universität Berlin. In addition to the time they spend studying in El Gouna, they spend up to one year at TU Berlin's main campus in Berlin.
The Master's degree programme Water Engineering focuses specifically on the requirements of arid and semiarid countries and regions in the fields of hydrogeology, hydraulics, water exploitation, water supply, wastewater treatment, treated sewage water reuse, and sustainable water management. Cutting-edge applied water research is integrated into the course content. The programme also includes complex semester projects in which interdisciplinary teams of students from engineering and natural sciences cooperate on typical problems of integrated water management.

Educational organisation

The Master's programme in Water Engineering comprises a three-semester study period, in addition to a fourth semester in which students write their Master's thesis. The first and third semesters take place in El Gouna, Egypt, while the second semester takes place in Berlin, Germany. The location of the fourth semester depends on the student's interests in regard to their Master's thesis and can be chosen according to the respective subject.

The Master's degree programme in Water Engineering covers the following core study areas:
(I) Water and Wastewater Treatment
(II) Water Science
(III) Hydro-Engineering Infrastructure
(IV) Interdisciplinary Studies and Intercultural Competence
(V) Internship
(VI) Master's Thesis

Study abroad unit(s)

The first and third semesters will take place in El Gouna, Egypt, while the second semester will be completed in Berlin, Germany. The location of the fourth semester depends on the student's interests in regard to their Master's thesis and can be chosen according to the respective subject.


An internship of six to eight weeks is to be completed during the summer break between the second and third semester. Programme advisers will assist students in finding an appropriate internship.

Forms of assessment

Pursuing a progressive approach to teaching, conventional methods such as lectures, seminars, and self-study are complemented by interdisciplinary courses, field trips, internships, integrated semester projects, and an industry internship. At the end of each course, written and oral examinations, group presentations or reports are graded by the professors and lecturers.

Course objectives

The Master's programme Water Engineering offers advanced education for students and young professionals with a Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualifications in the field of sustainable development, with special competences in the following areas:
  • Comprehensive planning, design, and operation of complex systems and appropriate technologies
  • Perception of and professional competence in the protection of resources
  • Management skills and capacity for teamwork in an interdisciplinary framework

The objective of the programme is to provide students with broad theoretical and technically oriented knowledge in the field of water engineering, taking into account the students' varying levels of prior knowledge. The programme aims to teach students to take a holistic, interdisciplinary approach towards integrated water resources management in line with the principles of sustainability. Students in the programme will acquire the ability to design and structure ambitious projects and to realise these efficiently in international teams. Students are encouraged to develop academic and scientific problem-solving strategies for each respective case.

Language requirements

The language of instruction is English. Hence, a formal language test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent) is compulsory.
English native speakers are not required to supply a proof of English language ability. If English was the official language of instruction of your previous degree, a certificate from your university is sufficient.

Academic requirements

An academic background in the form of a relevant Bachelor's degree or equivalent is an obligatory requirement for all Master's programmes at TU Berlin Campus El Gouna. As professional experience is considered to be a valuable asset for the course profile, practical work experience in a subject-related field is also mandatory. Additional qualifications, such as social commitment, publications, participation in extracurricular academic events, language abilities, and IT skills will also be taken into consideration.
Qualification in water-related engineering or a natural science is required: environmental, chemical, civil, mechanical or process engineering, biology, geosciences, chemistry, or similar.

Costs of living

Approx. 500 EUR per month to cover personal expenses in Berlin, Germany and approx. 250 EUR per month to cover personal expenses in El Gouna, Egypt

Job opportunities

There are many possibilities to earn money during your studies. You can find job ads on the "Schwarzes Brett" (notice board) on campus or you take a job at a department, library or other facility at our university. Waiting on tables in cafés and pubs is a typical student job. Other students accompany visitors at trade fairs, work as delivery drivers or cycle couriers, or take on odd jobs cleaning, babysitting, working in copy shops, etc.

Funding opportunities within the university

TU Berlin Campus El Gouna was founded as a nonprofit public-private partnership between TU Berlin, Orascom Development Holding (ODH), and the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (SFSD).
ODH, SFSD, and partners offer several scholarships to students. Furthermore, our scholarship page summarises various scholarship opportunities.


Study period in El Gouna, Egypt:
Student halls of residence are provided for TU Berlin students by Orascom Hotels & Development (OHD) in immediate proximity to the campus. The apartments are rented to students at reasonable rates of approx. 150 EUR/month for shared rooms. An average apartment is approx. 20 square metres in size including bathroom and kitchenette. A common room and laundry facilities are also available in the dormitories.

Study period in Berlin, Germany:
As Berlin is an internationally renowned and popular place to study, various types of accommodation are available. TU Berlin Campus El Gouna staff will be pleased to support students in finding a place to live.
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