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Umweltingenieurwesen - Vertiefung Resources and Environment

Environmental Engineering - Track Resources and Environment
(Master of Science, Double Degree)

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Course type
Postgraduate studies (Master)
Standard Course Duration
4 semesters
Part-time option

Part-time study is optional.

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

German HZB: none
International application: English C1 
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Unrestricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

Whether natural disasters and climate change, raw material shortages or disturbed ecosystems – the challenges of protecting the environment and our resources are global in scale. The “Resources and Environment” specialisation in the master’s degree programme in Environmental Engineering therefore focuses on forward-looking environmental scientific and technical solutions as well as the sustainable use of finite resources in an international context. The specialisation can be studied entirely in English.

 “Resources and Environment” offers you a unique combination of key content from the specialist disciplines of civil and environmental engineering, geodesy, mechanical engineering, and environmental and landscape planning. Your choice of specialisation, (optional) stay abroad, a practical project and topics such as green entrepreneurship will enable you to prepare specifically for a variety of career paths on the global labour market.

 Another attractive option is to pursue the double degree programme with the renowned Tsinghua University in China: by completing a second master’s degree, you will acquire additional specialist qualifications while gaining an insight into the world of academia and work in China, establishing contacts and developing your intercultural skills in the process.

Areas of Focus

  • Environment
  • Resources
  • Circular Economy
  • Water Resources Management
  • Renewable Energies
  • Hydrochemistry and -biology
  • Meteorology and Climatology
  • Hydrology
Course Content

During the first two semesters, the specialisation involves taking compulsory and elective modules that enable you to expand your specialist knowledge of engineering, mathematics and science. In the third semester, you choose a research-oriented (interdisciplinary) project or a practical project outside of the university to suit your strengths and future career plans. Students also have the option of studying abroad in the third semester. The fourth semester is mainly set aside for the completion of a master’s thesis

Besides gaining professional expertise, you will also learn the methods needed to solve engineering assignments effectively and in interdisciplinary contexts, and to analyse the results. During the programme, you will also develop the skills required to engage in interdisciplinary cooperation in an international environment.

Recommended Abilities
  • Creativity and imagination
  • A keen sense of responsibility
  • Assertiveness and eagerness to take decisions
  • Enjoyment of technical, mathematical and scientific issues
  • Knowledge of English
Career Opportunities

After graduating, a wide range of career opportunities will be open to you, especially on the international job market:

  • Public sector (national and international specialist agencies)
  • Consultant engineer (planner, environmental process engineer, project control)
  • Research & development (industrial research, higher education institutions, research facilities)
  • Industry (e.g. compliance officer / environmental officer, environmental engineer for aspects regarding REACH, emissions control officer, environmental process engineer)
  • Utilities and waste management (e.g. water, waste water, recycling or energy management)
  • Technical cooperation (GIZ)
  • NGOs and environmental associations
Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

he following documents are required for the application:

  1. University entrance qualification (eg "Abiturzeugnis" or high school diploma). Not applicable if you are currently studying at Leibniz University Hannover.
  2. Certificate of completion of the Bachelor''s degree programme (if already available). If you are currently studying at Leibniz University Hannover, just send a simple copy.
  3. Complete and current grades of the previous study with details of the credit points and the average grade with signature and stamp (if the diploma is not yet available). In the case of a programme with a total score of 180, at least 150 credit points must be proven; in the case of a programme with a total score of 210, at least 180 credit points must be proven.
  4. Curriculum vitae in English language.
  5. Applicants who have neither a German higher education entrance qualification nor have obtained their Bachelor''s degree from a German university must also have sufficient knowledge of the English language at the C1 level (Details on language certificates).

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:

Application Deadlines

First-year students from Germany and the EU

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

First-year students from non-EU countries (VPD from uni-assist is required)

  • April 15th – May 31st of the year for the winter semester
  • October 15th – November 30th of the previous year for the summer semester

Students resuming their studies and transfer students from Germany and the EU (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

Students resuming their studies and transfer students from non-EU countries (application in a higher semester)

  • April 15th – May 31st of the year for the winter semester
  • October 15th – November 30th of the previous year for the summer semester

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  • Additional option: Double Degree with Tsinghua University, China

    Joint degree programme with Tsinghua University, China
    The “Resources and Environment” specialisation enables you to add an international element to your studies: the double degree programme uniquely combines the strengths in research and teaching at Leibniz Universität Hannover and Tsinghua University in China. In addition to earning a Master’s degree at Leibniz Universität Hannover, you will be awarded a Master’s degree from Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School. Practical phases, language courses and intercultural training courses are all part of the curriculum. Thanks to the academic and practical experience you will gain in both Germany and China, you will have the special skills required to pursue a career in an international environment after completing your double degree.

    Procedure (standard course duration: 6 semesters):
    If you are enrolled through Leibniz Universität, you will spend your first year in Hannover. In the second year, you transfer to Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School, where you initially take modules. A practical phase offers you insights into the world of work in China. You write a master’s thesis at each of the two universities. The double degree programme has a winter intake. A separate application is required for admission to this programme. The deadline for applying for the double degree programme is November 30th for applicants from non-EU countries and on January 15th for applicants from EU countries.

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Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover