Water Resources and Environmental Management, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #351 (WUR) ,
Sustainable development in all areas of water resources management, water supply, waste water treatment and solid waste management is of great importance for present-day and succeeding generations.


Engineers and natural scientists in water resources and environmental management are qualified to search for responses to worldwide problems of increasing water scarcity, flood risks and environmental pollution. Graduates work together with colleagues in several special fields. The job is multidisciplinary, interesting and worldwide needed.

WATENV is a research oriented Master of Science Programme, which provides international students the opportunity to qualify for demading positions in water resources and environmental management. Therefore the education is interdisciplinary with optional specialization in Water Resources Management or Sanitary Engineering.

Several institutes of the highly reputable and well equipped Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany) are involved in the WATENV courses. They offer outstanding general conditions for students and researchers.

In the first semester students obtain knowledge of basics in natural sciences, environmental hydraulics, hydrology and water resources management. Afterwards one of the two special fields, Water Resources Management or Sanitary Engineering, has to be elected for the second and third semester. These scientific courses are accompanied by courses, which aim at the development and improvement of soft skills required for successful scientific work. In the fourth semester students complete the master thesis under supervision.

Fields of Professional Activity and Employment

Graduates work in various fields of engineering and natural sciences. With a strong background in research, they are prepared to take over leading positions in universities, research agencies and national and international organizations.

Graduates are also engaged in consulting companies for planning and maintenance of water resources facilities and administrative agencies for water resources management.

Worldwide growing water problems offer a wide range of job opportunities in the present and in the future.


The WATENV M. Sc. programme is accredited by ASIIN e.V.

Programme Structure


Mandatory Basics:

  • Natural Sciences
  • Environmental Hydraulics
  • Hydrology & Water Resources Management I
  • Environmental Data Analysis

Major A: Water Resources Management:

  • Hydrology & Water Resources Management II
  • Ecology & Water Resources
  • Hydrological Modelling
  • Special Topics in Water Resources Management

Major B: Sanitary Engineering:

  • Sanitary Engineering
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Water Supply & Industrial Water Management
  • Special Topics in Sanitary Engineering
  • Elective Supplements:
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Computer & Informatics
  • Water, Soils & Vegetation
  • Practical Training in Sanitary Engineering
  • Flow & Transport Processes
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental & Coastal Management
  • Soft Skills and Projects:
  • Research Planning
  • Research Project & Colloquium
  • Theories & Methods of Research
  • German Language I/II
  • Master Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • 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.

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    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).

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Academic Requirements

  • Completed application form;
  • Bachelor of Science certificate (certified copy). If not yet available at time of application, applicants have to send a proof of the hitherto obtained credit points and marks;
  • University transcript (certified copy), including a description of the grading system;
  • Curriculum Vitae; (signed by applicant)
  • Letter of motivation, at least indicating the qualifications and interests of the candidate and a prospect of further activities related to the field of studies; (signed by applicant)
  • International certificate of English language (original or certified copy) (TOEFL: internet based iBT 80 pts. min., paper based (PBT) 550 pts. min., new scale 213 pts. min.; IELTS 6.0 min); min., new scale 213 pts. min.; IELTS 6.0 min.; Cambridge; or Michigan Certificate);
  • School leaving certificate (certified copy)
  • Two letters of recommendation (original) (for scholarship application);
  • Optional: proofs of professional experience, attributed scholarships by DAAD or others (certified copy), special qualifications and awards.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    850 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 425 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    850 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 425 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Hannover

680 - 1040 EUR/month
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