International Programmes 2021/2022

Master of Science — Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering (TropHEE) MSc Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering (TropHEE)

Technical University of Darmstadt • Darmstadt

Master of Science in Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering
Teaching language
  • English

Courses are held entirely in English.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

For the DAAD scholarship: 30 September (date of receipt at the university)
The deadline refers to the year before students intend to start the programme.

For TropHEE programme: 15 January of the year in which students want to start their studies at the university

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

The study programme aims at deepening and diversifying the students' knowledge, abilities, and competences in applied geosciences, with a distinct focus on hydrogeology and environmental engineering in the framework of international development cooperation.

The programme encompasses two lines of specialisation, one being more geoscience-related focussing on hydrogeology, and one being more engineering-related focussing on environmental engineering. The hydrogeology specialisation includes modules such as the following: Hydrogeology, Hydrochemistry, Hydrogeochemistry, Soil and Unsaturated Zone, Aquifer Sedimentology, Isotope and Tracer Techniques, Groundwater Modelling, Geophysical Methods, and Geo-Information Systems (GIS). The environmental engineering specialisation includes modules such as the following: Integrated Water Resources Management, Water and Wastewater Treatment, Water Supply Systems, Hydraulic Engineering, Applied Microbiology, and Flood/River Management.

Compulsory modules independent from the chosen specialisation include a field trip to a semiarid region, a project seminar featuring project team work and scientific writing, and a module on setting up research concepts. The programme will be completed by the preparation of a Master’s thesis.

Course organisation

Generally, the TropHEE programme begins in the winter semester, since all courses follow an annual cycle. TropHEE is divided into the following phases:

  • A preliminary phase (distance introductory course and learning control) without matriculation takes place before the applicant begins his/her studies at TU Darmstadt. This ensures that all participants are on the same level of knowledge in the field of basic geosciences.
  • An attendance phase over three semesters at TU Darmstadt, comprising semester courses as well as block courses (78 ECTS credits)
  • The scientific training (eight weeks, 12 ECTS credits), which can be done during the course and, if applicable, in the home country of the student; its results are documented in a written report.
  • The fourth semester, in which the Master's thesis is prepared (six months, 30 ECTS credits)

All courses, excursions, and the Master's thesis are awarded credits according to the European Credit Point System (ECTS). The successful participation in a course is assessed by an examination or by coursework. During the first three semesters, you can acquire a total of 90 credits, while the completion of the Master's thesis is awarded with another 30 credits.
The modules are divided into basic modules and special modules, which can be selected and combined according to the individual specialisation interests of the student. The specialisation process is supported by the TropHEE instructors and lecturers as well as the student adviser of the institute through individual guidance and counselling.

In his or her Master's thesis, the candidate shall apply and deepen the knowledge and experiences gained during the lectures by working on a specific geoscientific topic. The candidate's work will be supervised by one of the lecturers. There are opportunities to prepare the thesis in cooperation with companies and partner institutions. A geoscientific problem and data sets from the candidate's home country may well be suitable for his/her thesis.

Details can be found on the following website:

International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • Study trips
Integrated internships

The mandatory module scientific training can be done as an internship of eight weeks during the semester break, usually between the second and third semesters.

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
  • A distance-learning introductory course is offered, and online courses can be offered.
Description of e-learning elements

During the preliminary phase, a distance learning introductory course is offered to prepare applicants for their Master's studies at TU Darmstadt. On-demand e-learning lectures and interactive seminars are available.

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

The registration fee totals about 300 EUR per semester. This includes administrative fees and a student ticket that is valid for short distance public transport in Darmstadt and the state of Hesse.

Registration fees

Costs of living

Estimated living expenses are about 700 EUR to 900 EUR per month plus 750 EUR for field trips. Please note that these costs are just a rough estimation and can vary greatly depending on your way of life and your accommodation.

Costs and budget

Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university

International students in their final study phase can apply for financial funding by the TU Darmstadt twice a year.

Academic admission requirements

Applicants should hold a Bachelor’s degree in Geosciences; or a Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering with sound knowledge in natural sciences (mathematics, chemistry, physics) and basic knowledge in Geosciences, Water Science/Engineering, and Environmental Science/Engineering. Moreover, the topic of the Bachelor's thesis must be from the geoscience field or from the field of water and/or environmental research. For details, please refer to the study regulations.

Applicants for a DAAD scholarship must have at least two years of professional experience in the field of water and geology at the time of the application.

Language requirements

Adequate English ability can be proven by one of the following: UNIcert III, TOEFL (Paper 550, CBT 213, iBT 88), IELTS 6.5, CAE (grade C1), TOEIC (792, Listening 490 / Reading 455) or confirmation from the university if your Bachelor's degree programme was taught in English.

Application deadline

For the DAAD scholarship: 30 September (date of receipt at the university)
The deadline refers to the year before students intend to start the programme.

For TropHEE programme: 15 January of the year in which students want to start their studies at the university

Submit application to

Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering, Master of Science

Online Application


Possibility of finding part-time employment

Student jobs are available in the private sector or in the research projects. International students can work while studying at TU Darmstadt. For example, you can apply for any of the student jobs offered by TU Darmstadt.

Jobs & part-time work


TU Darmstadt's International Affairs Department assists international students in their search for accommodation through its Housing Assistance Office. A major science hub, Darmstadt is home to multiple research institutions, three universities, and many high-technology companies, all of which attract people from around the world. A wide variety of accommodations that vary in size, furnishing, and rent are available in Darmstadt and its vicinity. As the university does not own or manage student housing, we support students in finding housing in private and public student dormitories or on the private market. In order to improve your chances in finding the optimal place to live, we recommend that you start your search early. We are happy to assist you in this process. Please make sure to register online on the housing assistance website for international students:

Our services include the distribution of an “Accommodation Guide” that includes links to private and public student dormitories, hotels and youth hostels, and a “Housing Guide” that provides tips on how to search for accommodation in Darmstadt.

Career advisory service

Each year, a course on reintegration into the job market is held, which prepares students for the application process after completing the Master's programme.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme
  • Tutors
  • Pick-up service

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