Sustainable development in all areas of water resources management, water supply, waste water treatment and solid waste management is of great importance for present-day and succeeding generations. Engineers and natural scientists in water resources and environmental management are qualified to search for responses to worldwide problems of increasing water scarcity, flood risks and environmental pollution. Graduates work together with colleagues in several special fields. The job is multidisciplinary, interesting, and in demand worldwide.
WATENV is a research-oriented Master of Science Programme which gives international students the opportunity to qualify for demanding positions in water resources and environmental management. The education is therefore interdisciplinary, with optional specialisation in Water Resources Management or Sanitary Engineering.

Educational organisation

In the first semester students obtain knowledge of basics in water resources management, hydrology, natural sciences, and environmental hydraulics.
Subsequently, one of the two special fields, Water Resources Management or Sanitary Engineering, is chosen for the second and third semesters. Courses will be held on the topics of hydrology & water resources management, sanitary engineering, natural sciences, environmental hydraulics, ecology, solid waste management, water supply, industrial water management, hydraulic engineering, flow & transport processes, coastal management, environmental economics and informatics, amongst others. These scientific courses are accompanied by courses aiming at the development and improvement of soft skills required for successful scientific work. Additionally, German language courses will be offered.
In the fourth semester students complete their Master's thesis under supervision.
More information is available at:

Study abroad unit(s)

Not required
Internships abroad possible


Not required
Programme advisers will assist students in finding an appropriate internship.

Forms of assessment

Written or oral examinations (3 or 6 CP), project work, Master's thesis (30 CP)

Course objectives

The Master of Science in Water Resources and Environmental Management qualification imparts a comprehensive knowledge base in Water Resources Management or Sanitary Engineering as well as in additional interdisciplinary fundamentals.
Graduates work in various fields of engineering and natural sciences. They are prepared to take over leading positions in universities, research agencies as well as national and international organisations. Graduates are also engaged in consulting companies for planning and maintenance of water resources facilities and in administrative agencies for water resources management. Growing water problems on a worldwide scale guarantee a wide range of job opportunities in the present and future.

University requirements

Program requirements

Language requirements

Courses and examinations are held in English. Applicants with a native language other than English must provide evidence of an adequate working knowledge of English via an internationally recognised certificate: TOEFL - internet-based iBT min. 80, paper-based (PBT) min. 550, new scale min. 213; IELTS min. 6.0; Cambridge; or Michigan Certificate.

Academic requirements

Students must hold a Bachelor's degree with the grade "good" or better in a field relevant to the WATENV Master's programme, e.g. civil engineering, environmental sciences, natural sciences or geosciences. Basic knowledge in mathematics and water sciences (hydrology, hydraulics, sanitary engineering) is required.
Practical training and stay abroad are not required.

Enrolment fees

Approx. 370 EUR per semester. Administrative fees include a semester ticket covering public transport in Hannover and the state of Lower Saxony.

Costs of living


Job opportunities

There are many opportunities to work as a student assistant (Hiwi) or outside of the university:

Arrival support

The International Office offers a variety of services and support for international students.
It helps students in finding suitable accommodation, offers a pick-up service from the airport or railway station, provides newly arrived students with a "study buddy" and helps them deal with administrative issues. Moreover, it organises an orientation week at the beginning of each semester.

Services and support for international students

Detailed services and support information at Leibniz Universität Hannover can be found at:
Intensive scientific support is provided by the respective institutes.
Additional services and support provided by the administration of WATENV, e.g. accommodation, insurance issues.
We organise excursions and social/cultural activities.


The International Office, in cooperation with the "Studentenwerk" (Student Services), offers an accommodation service for all newly incoming international students and scholars. This free service can help you find a suitable room or apartment. In the case that you don't need your accommodation for a certain period of time, we can try to help you to rent out your room.
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