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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

  • Sustainability Management
  • International Water and Risk Management
  • Water and Society
  • International Water Resources Management
  • Advanced Water Treatment
  • Wastewater Discharge and Sewer Network with structures
  • Water Quality and Water Cycle
  • Smart Water
  • R&D or Industrial Project
  • New Technologies in the Water Sector

Electives (select one)*

  • German Language A2
  • German Language B1
  • Project Simulation
  • Agile, Traditional and Hybrid Methods in International Project Management
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Energy Efficiency in Water Management Systems

* Examples for elective modules; this list is subject to change.

Semester 3: Internship

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

Internship
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
    • confirmation that the Bachelor’s program was taught completely in English language
  • 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)hof-university.de.

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 on campus.

Institute for Water and Energy Management

Sustainable Water Management and Engineering

Degree awarded
M.Eng.
Department
Engineering
Duration
3 semesters
Start
Summer semester
Application period

EU: November 15 - January 15

Non-EU: November 5 - November 30

Tuition fees
none
Language of instruction
English
Campus
Hof

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Contact

Prof. Dr. Manuela Wimmer | Hof University of Applies Sciences
Prof. Dr. Manuela Wimmer

Head of Program

 Kathrin Schötz | Hof University of Applies Sciences
Kathrin Schötz +49 9281 409 - 3222

Student Affairs - Admission

 Aneta Okon | Hof University of Applies Sciences
Aneta Okon +49 9281 409 - 3250

Student Affairs - Program Manager

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