International Programmes 2021/2022

Hydro Science and Engineering Hydro Science and Engineering

Technische Universität Dresden • Dresden

Master of Science in Hydro Science and Engineering (MSc)
Teaching language
  • English

Courses are held in English. The Master's thesis is to be written in English.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
More information on beginning of studies

Beginning of studies: 1 October

Application deadline

For the Master's course:

  • 30 June for all EU citizens
  • 31 May via uni-assist for all other international students

For DAAD scholarships (one year prior to intended start):

  • 31 August at German Embassy
  • 15 October at the university directly

Applications have to be submitted in English.

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

The MSc programme will convey knowledge about protection and management of water resources in different climatic zones, as well as design and construction of water supply and wastewater treatment. The study course is divided into basic and advanced courses during the first three semesters. The final semester is dedicated to the Master's thesis.
During the basic courses, 30 credits are gained. All students attend lectures on statistics and climatology. In addition, two out of three modules in geodesy, hydromechanics and hydraulics, and two out of three modules in soils, ecology and hydrochemistry have to be selected. Students with a background in natural or environmental sciences should take classes in hydraulic engineering and hydromechanics. Students with a background in civil engineering should rather study ecology and water chemistry.

For advanced courses, students choose modules corresponding to 50 credits out of the following catalogue:

  • Aquatic Ecology & Ecotoxicology (5 credits)
  • Circular Economy (5 credits)
  • Climate Change (5 credits)
  • Climate Systems & Climate Modelling (5 credits)
  • Drinking Water Supply (5 credits)
  • Flood Risk Management 1 & 2 (20 credits)
  • Ground Water (5 credits)
  • Hydrodynamics (5 credits)
  • Integrated Water Resources Management 1 & 2 (5 credits each)
  • International Water Issues (5 credits)
  • Modelling of Wastewater systems
  • Water Quality and Water Treatment
  • Soil Water (5 credits)
  • Urban Water 1 & 2 (10 credits)
  • Watershed Management 1 & 2 (10 credits)
  • Communication and Conflict Management
  • Internship (5 credits)

In addition, a study project (10 credits) must be completed.

Course organisation

The courses follow a modular structure. The individual courses take the form of lectures, seminars, exercises, practical training, project work, specialist excursions, workshops, and student tutorials.
The programme is subdivided into a basic course for one semester and a three-semester advanced course. Two mandatory modules plus twice two modules selected out of three, respectively, make up the basic course. The advanced course consists of two mandatory modules plus five electives to be chosen from ten possible modules (see description of content), which allows the student to specialise, putting emphasis on topics of individual importance. The preparation of a Master's thesis (five months) including a colloquium is the final part of the course.

Types of assessment

Types of assessment include written exams, term papers, presentations, seminar papers, protocols, project work documentations, depending on the respective module. See for a description of individual modules (module compendium).

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
Integrated internships

An optional module allows students to receive 5 ECTS credits for an internship.

Special promotion / funding of the programme
  • DAAD
  • DAAD development-related postgraduate course
Name of DAAD funding programme
EPOS: Development-Related Postgraduate Studies ERASMUS+: GroundwatCH, Joint Master Programme in Groundwater and Global Change ERASMUS MUNDUS: Flood Risk Management, Joint Master Programme in Flood Risk Management
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
The course of study can be taken entirely online
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Wikis
  • Most module contents are available via Intranet.
Description of e-learning elements

Course contents like lessons, support material, training material, etc.

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

Currently, students pay approx. 280 EUR per semester (i.e. for six months), which includes a ticket for public transport in Dresden (bus, tram, ferry, "S-Bahn" suburban train) and regional trains in the Federal State of Saxony. The contribution also assures concessions in the university cafeterias and offers benefits (e.g. price reductions) for many cultural and leisure activities in Dresden.

Costs of living

Dresden offers high quality of living for very moderate costs. Currently, students should be prepared to come up with 700 EUR per month approximately, including rent, food, insurance, and basic expenses. This amount is relatively low compared to other big German cities.

Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements

Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Science degree (graduation better than average) in natural sciences or engineering disciplines or similar, with a standard course length of at least six semesters. Good basic knowledge of mathematics and other natural sciences is required.
Professional experience is not essential for the course but appreciated and treated as an additional criterion.

Language requirements

Applicants must prove sufficient proficiency in English. The most widely recognised international test:

  • IELTS: required level minimum 6.5 and 6.0 in all categories

Certificates of equivalent standard will be considered. In this context, command of English is mandatory at level C1 (very good upper intermediate level) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Application deadline

For the Master's course:

  • 30 June for all EU citizens
  • 31 May via uni-assist for all other international students

For DAAD scholarships (one year prior to intended start):

  • 31 August at German Embassy
  • 15 October at the university directly

Applications have to be submitted in English.

Submit application to

DAAD applications to:
Technische Universität Dresden
Environmental Sciences, Meteorology, Hydro Science and Engineering
Dr S. Hahn-Bernhofer
01062 Dresden

All other applications to:
Technische Universität Dresden
c/o uni-assist e.V.
11507 Berlin

Possibility of finding part-time employment

Depending on previous education, there are temporary options for student jobs related to various ongoing research projects at different institutes.


It is quite easy to find accommodation in Dresden. Accommodation is available either via the "Studentenwerk Dresden" or on the private market. Monthly rent for a single room in a student residence is approx. 250 EUR.
Private housing can be found online. We recommend that students move into a hall of residence at the beginning of their stay in Dresden. Subsequently, they can find a place on the private market or in a shared apartment, known as a "Wohngemeinschaft" in German.

Career advisory service

TU Dresden's Career Service offers plenty of opportunities to prepare for the job market with general and job specific workshops, career fairs and one-on-one counselling, with a special adviser for international students and their specific problems and questions about the German job market.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme
  • Tutors
  • Specialist counselling

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