M.Sc. WASTE (Air Quality Control, Solid Waste and Waster Water Process Engineering)

University of Stuttgart

Application deadline: February 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • Free (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Air and water pollution control as well as the removal of waste are challenges facing society throughout the world. We have to face these challenges and try to find appropriate solutions.

In addition to dealing with the political and legal implications, the specific education and training of engineers has become an essential prerequisite in mastering these environmental challenges. The Universität Stuttgart has a long tradition of teaching and research in these areas and, for that reason, is offering an interdisciplinary Master of Science degree in Environmental and Process Engineering called Air Quality Control, Solid Waste and Waste Water Process Engineering (WASTE).

The program will provide students with the education necessary to meet these multidisciplinary demands. Not only is the scientific structure ideal in Stuttgart, but there are also very close ties between the academic world and the industry in the state of Baden-Württemberg. In Stuttgart, students have a wide range of opportunities to gain first-hand practical experience in some of the small and medium-sized companies that form the backbone of this states economy.

This degree program is designed for persons wishing to find employment outside of Germany or in international operating companies and will provide participants with profound knowledge in the state of the art in the field of environmental technology. It will cover air quality, solid waste and waste water control and treatment technologies based on the fundamentals of process engineering.

Some of the lectures from this program are supported by the project "100-online" of the Universität Stuttgart.
Furthermore, the WASTE program is participating in the "Virtuelle Hochschule Baden-Württemberg".


The Master of Science Program Air Quality Control, Solid Waste and Waste Water Process Engineering (WASTE) is designed to be completed within four semesters and starts every September / October.

In the first semester all students take the core modules concentrating on the advanced fundamentals of environmental and process engineering. Another two core modules have to be taken in the second semester.

At the beginning of the second semester, the students choose two of the three specialised areas Air Quality Control, Solid Waste and Waste Water. Each specialised area consists of two core modules, one in the second and one in the third semester. Depending on the individual study plan of each student, additional 27 credits of elective modules have to be taken in the second and third semester. The individual study plan enables the students to organise their studies in accordance with their own interests and needs and allows to study more broad or more specialised.

The modules are supplemented by scientific and practical work within the research activities of the university institutes. An advisor ensures that each individual program is efficient and goal oriented.

The fourth semester is dedicated to the Master's Thesis which can be prepared in the Universität Stuttgart or outside university in a company, in another university or in a research facility as well.

Classes are taught in English. International students without prior knowledge of the German language have to participate in German language courses accompanying the program throughout the first and second semester. Knowledge of German language is a very helpful skill for the personal career e.g. if one wants to do his PhD in Germany, work in German industries or in cooperation with a German company or research institute. Students who are proficient in German may also choose additional electives taught in German.

Upon successful completion of the program, the students will be awarded the degree Master of Science (M.Sc.).


As a prerequisite for admission to the program, the following admission requirements must be fulfilled:
a school certificate authorizing the holder to enter a German university or an authorization regarded as equivalent,
a Bachelor or Diplom Degree in Chemical, Civil, Environmental, Mechanical, or Process Engineering or a related field with good results,
a TOEFL (CB) score of 213 points or equivalent test results (e.g. TOEFL (PB) 550, IELTS Band 6.0) as proof of sufficient knowledge of English (not older than two years at the day of the application deadline);
applicants from China: APS certificate;
further required documents are specified in the application form.
Furthermore, there are three entrance examinations in Chemistry, Microbiology, and Thermodynamics to be passed.
To prepare for them, there are preparatory courses starting in January.

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