In the context of realizing the Bologna Process to structure a European Higher Education Area, it is the target of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) to offer a master’s degree as the final achievement of a student’s education. The master’s degree program in Water Science and Engineering offered by the KIT-Department of Civil Engineering, Geo and Environmental Sciences addresses graduates with a bachelor’s degree in an engineering subject such as Civil or Environmental Engineering, Chemical and Process Engineering or Bioengineering, a bachelor’s degree in natural sciences such as Geoecology, Environmental Sciences or Geosciences or a bachelor’s degree in a field with essentially the same content.
The degree program can be fully completed in English. Electives taught in German increase the range of options
Degree and Duration
2 years for degree Master of Science (M.Sc.); 120 credit points (analogous to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System – ECTS) need to be acquired; variations in normal program length are possible.
The master’s degree program in Water Science and Engineering offers an interdisciplinary and research oriented education right at where water-related engineering and natural sciences meet. Graduates of this program are capable of independently developing strategies and technical solutions for sustainable management of water resources. Their complex area of work is located between the conflicting priorities of efficient use of limited water resources, increasing demands in their protection, handling of hydrometeorological extreme events and impacts of the global change on the water cycle and water-related cycles of materials.
The area of specialization comprises three profiles:
- Water Technologies & Urban Water Cycle
- Fluid Mechanics & Hydraulic Engineering
- Environmental System Dynamics & Management
In an additional profile Water Resources Engineering, "generalist" education in Water Engineering is possible. The specialist education is complemented by advanced fundamentals in water-related engineering and natural sciences and profound knowledge in methods and skills.
The different choices of the study program require compiling a personal study plan for each student. Each student is advised by a mentor who has to be selected before start of the program.
Admission requirements to the master’s degree program in Water Science and Engineering are:
- a completed bachelor’s degree or at least equivalent degree of at least 3 years duration and based on a minimum of 180 ECTS credits points
- minimum requirements in Higher Mathematics of at least 12 credit points, at least 12 credit points in science and/or engineering fundamentals such as physics, chemistry, biology, mechanics or thermodynamics and 12 credits points in engineering and/or natural sciences such as water management, hydraulic engineering, hydrology, urban water management, hydromechanics, water treatment, hydrogeology, engineering geology, geophysics, physical geography, soil science, environmental systems sciences, climatology and/or hydrometeorology
- proof of sufficient knowledge of the English language is required, e.g. in form of one of the following internationally recognized tests: internet-based Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 90; IELTS with a minimum score of 6,5 and no section under 5,5; University of Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or University of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE); UNIcert II certificate. If proof is not available by the time of application, admission may only be granted under the premise that proof is presented upon enrollment at the latest. Proof is not required for applicants who have completed their university or high school education in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand or for applicants who have completed a study program at a university in the European Economic Area or Switzerland with English as the sole language of instruction - this must be stated in the degree certificate, transcript of records or diploma supplement.
The admission process is regulated by the admission regulations for the master’s degree program in Water Science and Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
Selected applicants are invited to an interview. During this interview it will be determined whether the applicant's expertise gained in their prior studies or in other institutions in regards to their scientific professional qualification is sufficient in order to complete the master's program length. The interview should indicate whether the applicant is capable and motivated for the selected study program. The applicants need to demonstrate that they are able to supply subject specific content from their previous studies to analyse problems and pbjectives in water-related engineering and natural sciences. Problems and objectives in water-related engineering and natural sciences include topics such as transport and transformation processes in natural and urban water cycles, description and analysis of aquatic systems, balance and dimension approaches.