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Engineering Department

Sustainable Water Management and Engineering M.Eng.

The Master's program focuses on imparting key competences in management and engineering, flanked by sustainability and digitalization. Based on the latest research in these specialist topics, students train their systematic thinking and communication skills.


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Climate change and a growing world population are only two of many reasons why the requirements for a sustainable and resilient water management are getting ever more complex. New challenges and  qualification requirements arise for engineers who today have to be managers as well.

The new Master’s program Sustainable Water Management and Engineering (M.Eng.) is designed to meet these challenges and to qualify a new generation of engineers.

The program focuses on imparting key competences in management and engineering, flanked by sustainability and digitalization. Based on the latest research in these specialist topics, students train their systematic thinking and communication skills.

With this Master’s program, you will be able to

  •  identify and analyze current and future challenges in water management,
  • develop appropriate solutions and
  • implement and evaluate them in interdisciplinary teams.

In addition, you benefit from

  • a unique Master‘s degree at the interface of technology and management
  • a perfect interdisciplinary toolbox of knowledge and skills of engineering and business know-how
  • development of your intercultural competence
  • excellent career perspectives

As a graduate, you have excellent career opportunities for leading positions in the water sector, both in Germany and abroad, e.g.

  • Management tasks in research and construction in the field of water and waste water management
  • Leading positions in industry, public authorities, and medium-sized companies
  • Development or research engineer for nature conservation and environmental protection
  • Planning and consulting work in specialized engineering offices
  • Activity as an expert and appraiser

You are ready to work as

  • Product / Project Manager
  • Planning Engineer
  • Sustainability Manager
  • Technical Advisor / Consultant
  • Researcher

Semester 1 and 2: Practice-oriented theory

Mandatory modules

  • Applied Sustainability
  • Risk Management in the Water Sector
  • Water, Climate and Society
  • Advanced Water Treatment
  • Urban Wastewater Cycle
  • Integrated Water Resources Management
  • Water Quality and Water Cycle
  • Smart Water
  • Sustainability-Oriented Innovation and Project Management
  • New Technologies in the Water Sector

Elective (select one)

  • Language, e.g. German A2 and B1
  • Subject-specific elective module as offered in the module catalog (subject to change each year)

Semester 3: Internship

  • Practical work-experience
  • Master‘s thesis with a company

Our M.Eng. students spend the third semester doing a practical internship in industry (e.g. manufacturer of equipment for waste water treatment plants) or in engineering offices (e.g. planning of remote controlled sewers or urban rainwater management). The Master thesis is also written during the internship. Thus, you can immediately apply your knowledge and gain profound professional experience at the same time.

Teaching concept
The Master’s program is based on a hands-on, interdisciplinary concept. Current topics like sustainability, water risk management and water resource management are interconnected with classic technologies such as water treatment and water circulation. Above all, the three dimensions of sustainability are considered: the economic efficiency, social responsibility and ecological compatibility.

Theory and hands-on training are closely connected, e.g. in group projects at partner companies. Study excursions to pioneering water management facilities as well as discussions with experts from research and industry form an important part of the Master’s program.

Academic requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or similar in engineering or natural sciences providing sufficient knowledge in environmental engineering, water technology and chemistry from an accredited university, at least 210 ECTS or equivalent (depending on home country); minimum grade 2,5 according to the German grading system
  • sufficient knowledge in environmental engineering, water technology and chemistry means at least 5 credits (or their equivalent) were achieved in each of these areas
  • Applicants with less than 210 credits (ECTS) will be accepted but have to gain the missing credits by either
    • doing an internship (at least 20 weeks) as long as no internship was done during the Bachelor’s degree.
    • Attending appropriate modules at Hof University (for applicants who already did an internship).
    • For both alternatives, please calculate an additional (fourth) semester.

Language requirements

  • You need to prove your proficiency in English. This can be done with either of the following:
    • TOEFL minimum 90
    • IELTS 6.5 or above
  • In addition: Basic language skills in German, proven by official test score documents - minimum level A1

All applications must be done via our online application portal Primuss.

  • The application period for winter intake is between April 15 and May 31.
  • The application period for summer intake is between November 05 and November 30.
  • An admission committee intensively scrutinizes all applications and decides about final admission. Admission letters will be issued in June for winter intake and December for summer semester intake.

If you acquired your university entrance certificate abroad, uni-assist must assess the certificate before you can send it to Hof University. We advise you to send your documents to uni-assist at least 4 weeks before our application deadline.

If you have any questions concerning the application process, please contact admission(at)

Perfect connections for your future

Hof University is part of several water-related networks like the Cluster of Environmental Technologies Bavaria and the Competence Network Water and Energy. This is a unique opportunity for our students to establish business contacts with potential employees at an early stage, e.g. for internships and research topics for the Master‘s thesis. In addition, we also have an own research Institute for Sustainable Water Systems on campus.

Institute for Sustainable Water Systems

Sustainable Water Management and Engineering

Degree awarded
3 semesters
Winter and summer semester
Application period

Winter semester:

EU: May 1 - July 15

Non-EU: April 15 - May 31


Summer semester:

EU: November 15 - January 15

Non-EU: November 5 - November 30

Tuition fees
Language of instruction

Sustainable Water Management and Engineering (M.Eng.) - Video

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What our students say

Hima from India on campus of Hof University
Robert from Germany on campus of Hof University

Hima from India

„The curriculum and the structure of the course are completely beyond my expectation, incorporating many leading-edge technologies that will definitely have an influence in the future water sector. Student life in Hof is exciting with new methods of teaching, international friends and the study atmosphere at the University which is way different than in my home country India. The support and orientation services offered by the International Office were really helpful as an international student and eased the effort in finding out accommodation, and getting to know the academic culture in Germany.“

Robert from Germany

„In this study program, the global problems of our water supply in the near future are highlighted. In addition, the latest technologies that the market already offers, and ongoing research are given to the students so that they can react adequately to any situation in their later professional life (e.g. digitalization, water cycle, water management, smart city concepts...).“


Prof. Dr. Manuela Wimmer
Prof. Dr. Manuela Wimmer

Head of Program

 Kathrin Schötz
Kathrin Schötz +49 9281 409 - 3222

Student Affairs - Admission

 Aneta Okon
Aneta Okon +49 9281 409 - 3250

Student Affairs - Program Manager

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