Water and Environment (distance learning)
(Master of Science)

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Course type
Postgraduate studies (Master, part-time distance learning)
Standard Course Duration
6 semesters
Part-time option

Part-time study is optional.

Course Start
Winter semester, Summer semester
Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: none
International application: German C1
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Unrestricted admission
Study Fees

This programme is fee-based.

Short Description

The distance learning programme in Water and Environment is a theory-based and practice-oriented interdisciplinary engineering course. The general aims include acquiring the ability to transfer theory-based knowledge to practical engineering applications, learning to think laterally in order to quickly familiarise oneself both methodologically and systematically with new issues, and training key transferable skills.

The specialist aim include:

  • The ability to plan water use in accordance with national and international legal and socio-political specifications
  • The command of specific system conditions concerning surface water and groundwater
  • The acquisition of technical know-how in water resources management, river basin management, water development, water quantity planning and environmental technology.

The innovative approaches and special features of the distance learning programme in Water and Environment can be seen in the interdisciplinary nature of the Water and Environmental course content, the coupling of theory and practice, the training of supplementary and key transferable skills, as well as the multimedia preparation of study material and the special design of the course as a part-time distance learning programme.

Course Content

  • Bioenergy
  • Coastal engineering
  • Ecology
  • Hydrology
  • Hydromechanics
  • Groundwater
  • Modelling
  • River basin management
  • Sanitary engineering
  • Water resources management
Course Structure

The Master’s degree programme comprises a compulsory stage, a specialisation stage and the Master’s thesis (see Overview of Course Sequence). The individual modules are divided into a distance learning stage and an attendance stage, enabling students to take the programme while in employment. During the distance learning stage, students regularly receive study material that is made available via an internet platform. These study units combine text materials and assignments for completion during term time. During the attendance stage, all students, the team of supervisors, selected authors and other contributors come together to expand on the content. The attendance stages include project and practice-oriented elements which, due to the involvement of interactive and innovative aspects and teaching methods, help students to train key supplementary and transferable skills. The attendance stage ends with an examination. Students who have passed all of the necessary examinations then write a Master’s thesis (time allowed for completion: six months), leading to the conferral of the Master of Science degree.


Compulsory stage

Credit points to be earned:
50 CP+ 30 CP for the Master’s thesis

  • Water Resources Management and Hydrology (8 CP)
  • Freshwater Ecology (8 CP)
  • Sanitary Engineering (8 CP)
  • Hydromechanics (8 CP)
  • Planning, Permits and Efficiency (8 CP)
  • English for Water and the Environment (10 LP)
Master’s thesis (time allowed for completion: 6 months) (30 CP)
Specialisation stage

Credit points to be earned:
40 CP

  • River Basin and Flood Risk Management (8 CP)
  • Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering (8 CP)
  • Groundwater Management (8 CP)
  • Nature-Based Development of River Systems (8 CP)
  • Municipal Water Supply (8 CP)
  • Industrial Wastewater (8 CP)
  • Sanitary Engineering Models (8 CP)
  • Stormwater Management (8 CP)
  • Urban Landscapes – Designing Aquatic Spaces (8 CP)
  • Bioenergy (8 CP)
Recommended Abilities
  • An interest in exploring the area of water and environment from all kinds of scientific and engineering perspectives so as to be able to apply a broad knowledge base to processes of understanding across disciplinary boundaries in the future professional field
  • A high degree of self-motivation and discipline because the course is usually taken as a part-time distance learning programme
  • Openness to multimedia forms of learning and communication.
Career Opportunities

Graduates of the degree programme have in-depth knowledge of science and engineering in areas relevant to the profession3; they have knowledge of methods in planning and modelling; and they are capable of thinking in an abstract, analytical and lateral way. Graduates are employed in engineering and planning offices specialising in environmental technology, in water supply and wastewater treatment, in energy production, in major industrial companies, in water resources management authorities, licensing and regulatory authorities.

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree in a related field of study, such as

For master''s degree programmes with unrestricted admission, all applicants who fulfil the admission requirements will be admitted a university place. The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations: 

There is no minimum grade / entry grade for the Master''s application. Notwithstanding the currently valid admission regulations for Master''s programmes, the minimum grade of 2.5 is no longer applied. The admission regulations will be revised in this regard.

Application Deadlines

First-year students

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester
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Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover