Water Resources Engineering and Management — WAREM

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: Feb 15, 2024
351–400 place StudyQA ranking:5705 Duration:2 years You need IELTS certificate

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The continuously increasing water needs of a growing world population are having a progressively adverse impact upon the Earth and its natural water resources. Sustainable water resources development within environmental and social limitations requires both qualified engineers and scientists as well as global scientific and professional cooperation. WAREM's internationally-recognised Master of Science programme was specifically developed to answer these demands.
The courses offered cover the following three main topics:
  • Groundwater Resources Management and Geohydrology
  • Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Management
  • Sanitary Engineering and Water Quality Management
The programme profits from the university's excellent research facilities in the water sector such as a modern hydraulic laboratory, the largest in-situ groundwater remediation installation, and Europe's largest prototype wastewater treatment plant. Additionally, Stuttgart and the surrounding area are served by two of the largest long-distance water supply systems in Europe.

Educational organisation

Water Resources Engineering and Management (WAREM) is a two-year Master of Science programme beginning in the winter semester of each year. The programme consists of three in-class semesters and a semester designated for research and thesis work.
The students have to complete four mandatory modules (21 credit points [ECTS]), two mandatory key qualification subjects (6 ECTS), five elective mandatory modules (out of nine) (30 ECTS), and six elective modules (33 ECTS). Students must obtain 90 ECTS before starting a Master's thesis (30 ECTS).
The modules consist of lectures, tutorials, and seminars, combined with practical work and excursions. Thus, students get a thorough overview and can easily find their field of interest and choose a specialisation.
For the double degree programmes with Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden and University UiTM MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia, a special study macro-plan has been created. Students joining these programmes are required to study two semesters in Germany and two semesters at Chalmers or MARA. This macro-plan ensures a compatible study programme.

Study abroad unit(s)

A semester abroad is recommended for German students.
A study period or local internship is optional for all students.


No compulsory internship is integrated into the study programme. However, students can arrange an internship independently if they are interested in doing so.

Forms of assessment

  • Written exams
  • oral exams
  • coursework exams
  • presentations

Course objectives

Graduates will...
  • have knowledge in all water-related topics such as water management, hydraulic engineering, groundwater, geohydrology, urban water management, water quality, etc.
  • understand the basic science as well as engineering scientific contexts
  • know the methods for developing water management concepts and how to plan and implement these using appropriate technical measures and installations
  • foresee, recognise, and evaluate problems relating to water and water systems; plan and perform analytical, model-like and experimental studies
  • have the engineering skills for developing, planning and operating plants and be aware of the non-technical impact of their activities
  • possess the organisational and administrative skills needed to implement water management tasks
  • be able to deal with tasks of an interdisciplinary and international character, considering the cultural, economic, and political conditions in a team
  • have a high scientific qualification

Language requirements

Excellent knowledge of English: non-native speakers require a language certificate, e.g., TOEFL (paper-based minimum 550; computer-based minimum 213; Internet-based minimum 79), IELTS (minimum overall band 6.0), CAE - Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English, APIEL (minimum three points) or equivalent.
English as medium of instruction is not accepted.
Native speakers from the USA, Ireland, the UK, Australia, and Canada are exempted from this requirement.

Academic requirements

Admission requirements:
  • qualified Bachelor's degree in engineering or natural sciences
  • or an equivalent Bachelor's degree, preferably in a water-related subject
  • or a degree covering at least 180 ECTS points from a German university, an equivalent university, a university of applied sciences, or a university of cooperative education with degrees equivalent to those of a university, with completed courses in civil engineering, environmental engineering, or equivalent.

CHINESE applicants:
All Chinese applicants to University of Stuttgart must submit an APS certificate issued by the "Akademische Prüfstelle für Chinesische Studienbewerber (APS)" which has recently been established at the German Embassy in Peking.

Admission procedure:
Applications for the following winter semester must be submitted by 15 February (deadline set by the university).
The WAREM examination committee reviews each applicant's admission. Decisions on admittance will ultimately be based on the student's grade point average (GPA), on his/her educational and professional background in water-related subjects, and the required English language skills. The application process is operated online.

The following documents have to be uploaded by 15 February each year for fall of the same year:
  • officially authenticated copy of school leaving certificate (high school certificate or equivalent)
  • officially authenticated copy of the university transcript
  • officially authenticated copy of your university diploma
  • grading system of the university
  • English proficiency examination
  • personal statement
  • APS (China, Mongolia, Vietnam)/Konkoor (Iran)

optional: reference letters

Enrolment fees

Approx. 170 EUR per semester

Costs of living

To cover living expenses, you will need about 750 EUR per month. This is for rent (approx. 300-350 EUR), health insurance for non-EU residents (approx. 80 EUR), the semester ticket for public transport (190 EUR/six months), food (approx. 200 EUR), other incidental expenses and working materials (approx. 100 EUR).

Job opportunities

Owing to its location in the heart of one of Europe's largest high-tech regions, there are many opportunities to find employment. Nevertheless, please do not come to Germany expecting to be able to finance your entire studies by working. The study load is very high and it is not always easy to find a part-time job. Non-EU citizens are allowed by law to work for a maximum of 120 full days (240 half days) per year. Students who are employed by the university in one of the institutes or departments ("Studentische Hilfskräfte") are exempt from this regulation, but other restrictions apply. You are not allowed to work during the first year while attending a German language class in preparation for the test of German as a foreign language (TestDaF).

Arrival support

A pick-up service is part of our welcome package. If you wish, you will be contacted before your departure, and if you arrive between 8am and 8pm, you will be met at Stuttgart airport or railway station and taken to your accommodation. Your host partner will also help you to deal with all formalities. This service is free of charge.

Services and support for international students

Cross-Cultural Mentoring Programme
The Office of International Affairs invites international degree students to sign up for the "Cross-Cultural Mentoring Programme". The programme is intended to ease initial challenges at the university as well as to offer study information, counselling services, subject-specific tutorials, courses, and activities during the whole study programme.
For further information, please contact: heidenreich@ia.uni-stuttgart.de.

The Welcoming Service
The Office of International Affairs offers a buddy programme in order to support you with all formalities at the beginning of your studies. For further information, please visit our website: http://www.ia.uni-stuttgart.de/internat/studierende/services/buddyprogramm/index.en.html.


Both campuses in Stuttgart-Vaihingen and in Stuttgart city centre have on-site halls of residence. Dorm rooms (ranging from 240-350 EUR per month) are furnished, some are equipped with a sink, and all have access to kitchen and sanitary facilities, telephone, and Internet. From the campus in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, the city of Stuttgart can be reached by suburban railway within 10 minutes. If you are under 30 years old and want to apply for a room in one of the student dormitories, please contact the student service:

Studentenwerk Stuttgart
Rosenbergstraße 18
70174 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 (0)7 11-9 57 44 70
Fax: +49 (0)7 11-9 57 44 50
E-mail: wohnen.sws@t-online.de
Internet: http://www.sws-internet.de
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