Water Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #201 (WUR) ,
Water is one of the most precious resources on earth. The growing demands for safe, clean and affordable potable water can only be met by increased interdisciplinary knowledge of water quality and the advanced, effective and sustainable treatment of water. The master course Water Science shall impart in-depth knowledge and practical experience in natural science aspects of aquatic systems with focus in chemistry, microbiology and analytics.


The course comprises compulsory modules in analytical chemistry, applied microbiology, biofouling/biocorrosion, chemometrics, environmental microbiology and water chemistry. Within these areas, three practical courses are required. 32 out of 90 CPs are allocated to optional courses that can be chosen from a variety of water-related topics to set a more individual study focus.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Chemometrics and Statistics
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Water Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Analysis
  • Environmental Chemistry: Pollutants
  • Environmental Chemistry: Soil/Waste
  • Membrane Technologies
  • Nanopartikel und Kolloide
  • Wasterwater Treatment
  • Excursions
  • Water Pollution/Monitoring
  • Advanced Mass Spectrometry
  • Applied Analytical Chemistry
  • Applied Microbiology
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Environmental Chemistry: Air
  • Management
  • Metrology in Chemistry

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

Academic Requirements

Students can enroll from a variety of backgrounds. We expect a university bachelor degree in natural sciences or engineering with chemical, analytical and biological / microbiological contents, including generally an experimental bachelor thesis on a topic relevant in the field of Water Science.

Further requirements are:

  • a GPA (final grade) of at least 66 (out of 100)
  • good command of English (a copy of a English language proficiency certificate with at least TOEFL 550 (paper based)/215 (computer based)/81(internet based) or IELTS 6.5)
  • documented practical courses in essential chemical, analytical and microbiological topics
  • a letter of recommendation by their home institution (non-EU/EEA)
  • an individual letter of motivation why to study Water Science (1 page)
  • CHINESE students please note: You have to provide an APS certificate along with your application documents.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Essen

730 - 1,100 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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