Environmental Engineering

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: May 31, 2023
41 place StudyQA ranking:885 Duration:2 years You need IELTS certificate

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Introduced in the winter semester 2006/07, the Environmental Engineering programme aims to educate engineers who will acquire special knowledge in the field of anticipatory environmental protection. Study emphasis has been put on the areas of water, soil, infrastructure, and cross-cutting methods. Sustainability and impact-oriented views of engineering activities with regard to environment, human beings and the economy take centre stage. This knowledge allows for optimal solutions in which both the needs of the environment and the means of existence of our future generations are taken into account. Interdisciplinary work and, consequently, the intensive communication that occurs with concerned parties are of fundamental importance in the job description of environmental engineers. The required abilities will be improved through team and project work in our Master's programme at the TUM.

Educational organisation

Students choose one out of four fields of study at the beginning of their first semester and thus define their specialisation profile. The fields of study are:
1. Urban Environments and Transportation (course language: English)
2. Environmental Hazards and Resources Management (course language: English)
3. Environmental Quality and Renewable Energy (course language: English)
4. Energieeffizienz und Nachhaltigkeit von Gebäuden (course language: German)

Over a common block of "Cross Cutting Methods, Technologies and Fundamentals", students of all fields of study can receive general competences in the obtaining, processing and modelling of environmental data, deepen their laboratory skills or practise the use of specific software. An applied study project is accomplished during this three-semester period. The course is completed in the last semester with the Master's thesis.

Study abroad unit(s)

Students can apply to take part in the 1:1 Master's Programme with DTU Copenhagen. They will spend one year in Copenhagen and one in Munich.


No internship is required.

Forms of assessment

Written or oral exams, seminar work, presentations, lab or field assignments

Course objectives

A deepened understanding of natural processes and special knowledge in the fields of water quality control, sustainable infrastructure, environmental controlling and monitoring under the aspects of
  • avoidance or minimisation of waste and natural disaster (e.g. flood) by means of anticipatory planning, design and development of technology
  • minimisation of usage of natural resources (land, water, raw materials, etc.) and conflicts arising from their limited availability
  • promotion of acceptance of measures by concerned parties and the public
  • sustainable planning and operating of transportation systems
  • sustainability of settlements and buildings

Language requirements

Applicants must provide proof of sufficient English language skills. The following proofs will be accepted:
1. Official TOEFL score report or equivalent (institution code 7806) will be accepted. The minimum scores for admission are: TOEFL IbT = 88, TOEFL CbT = 234, TOEFL PbT = 605
2. Cambridge EFL CAE or CPE
3. IELTS valid score report will be accepted. The minimum score for admission is 6.5.
4. Official confirmation of English as an instruction language at university level for at least one year (equivalent to 60 ECTS credits in English).
5. Very good English score in the German Abitur, proved by a minimum of 10 points in average over the last four semesters and the Abitur exams.

Academic requirements

Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering or closely related disciplines

Enrolment fees

Approx. 115,- EUR per semester, the fee includes a semester ticket covering public transport in Munich.

Costs of living

Approx. 850,- EUR per month to cover personal expenses.

Arrival support

TUM's International Center offers a special programme tailored for international students, TUMinternational (TUMi). The TUMi programme provides help and advice for new students as well as a cultural programme with events scheduled both prior to and during the academic periods.
The service desk of the Student Service Center is the first contact point for international students. We are here to help you with issues such as applications, enrolment, student cards etc. Furthermore, we offer various three- to six-week summer schools combining academics with a rich menu of educational and social activities as a foretaste of university life. For international students who have been admitted to a degree programme, the Student Service Center offers a four-week pre-study course designed to help you get started at the TUM. Students new to TUM are invited to the service fair "Fit for TUM" which takes place before the semester officially starts, to get an overview of the various offerings of support services at TUM. http://www.tum.de/en/studies/international-students/
Learning German: While the language of instruction for many of TUM's postgraduate programmes is English, learning German and thus being able to participate in daily German life at a deeper level enriches the experience of studying and living in Munich. As such, TUM's Language Centre offers language classes for students at all levels, both prior to and during the semester: http://www.sprachenzentrum.tum.de/en/startseite/

Services and support for international students

In addition to support services offered by TUM International Center and the Student Service Center (SSZ), the faculty also has its own adviser for international students.


It is not easy to find a place to live in Munich - but it is not impossible either! TUM supports students and employees in their search for accommodation, providing personal advice, in-house listings and useful information to ensure that you can quickly find a place to call your own: http://www.tum.de/en/university-life/accommodations/
With high rents and not enough rooms in halls of residence, the Munich rental market is one of the most competitive in Germany - especially for students. The city boasts over 1.4 million inhabitants, with more people moving to Munich every year - many of them attracted by the excellent study opportunities that Munich has to offer.
Student halls of residence usually offer affordable accommodation for students. The Munich Student Union runs most of these halls of residence - more information at http://www.studentenwerk-muenchen.de/en/accommodation/
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