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Environmental Science and Technology, M.Sc.

Program overview

The Environmental Science and Technology master's program builds on the foundation of the corresponding bachelor’s program, teaching students advanced knowledge and skills in natural science and engineering. In addition, the program offers you the combination of a focus area with supplementary interdisciplinary modules. This comprehensive approach is unique in Germany and prepares you for the professional demands of industry and the public sector. Additionally, master's students learn the necessary scientific methods and skills to enable them to independently develop and apply innovative concepts, strategies, processes as well as their principles in research and practice. You are thus equipped with the apparatus to remedy environmental damage and minimize potential environmental strains without simply shifting them.

DegreeMaster of Science
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Credit points120
Program start Summer and winter semester
Admission Open admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

As for every other master’s degree program at TU Berlin, applicants to the Environmental Science and Technology master’s program must possess a first university degree qualifying them for professional work. Applicants to the consecutive master’s program in Environmental Science and Technology must possess a first university degree in biotechnology or a related field qualifying them for professional work. The responsible examination board will decide whether the content of the related bachelor’s degree qualifies the applicant for the master’s program. In doing so, it will compare your study program with the bachelor’s program in Environmental Science and Technology offered at TU Berlin.

The Environmental Science and Technology master’s program is taught in German. If you are applying with a foreign school-leaving certificate, you must provide proof of German skills at a specific level. This is a prerequisite for admission.

Knowledge of English is useful as some courses/modules are offered in English. However, it is not a condition for admission to studies.

As prevention and sustainability are important aspects in the study program, you should have an affinity for the role environmental protection plays at a societal level. It is also advantageous to be able to work independently and to be a self-starter as the master’s program often requires you to work autonomously.

Program structure

There is a proposed course schedule for the degree program. This is a recommendation for how to complete the degree program within the standard period of study of four semesters. It provides an example of which modules to take in which semesters. While this proposed course schedule is ideal on paper, it is not mandatory. It’s simply an example of how to successfully schedule and shape your studies. The curriculum is taught through a mix of integrated courses, seminars, and labs. By completing the master's thesis independently, you demonstrate your ability to conduct scientific work.

You can find the proposed course schedule in the study and examination regulations. The most current version of the regulations applies to applicants.

Content and modules

The master’s degree program is modular in design. A module combines curriculum content relating to a specific topic. Modules often include a variety of different study and teaching formats such as lectures, practical tutorials, seminars, and practical projects. Students are required to earn a specific number of credit points and complete certain coursework and assessments in each module.

A current overview of all modules is available in TU Berlin’s module transfer system (MTS). The MTS also provides an overview of which modules are mandatory for your degree program and which are elective. Detailed module descriptions provide information on the content, learning outcomes, participation requirements, the workload, examination methods, and much more.

The module catalogue is based on the study and exam regulations. The most current version of these regulations applies to new students.

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An internship is a compulsory component of the Environmental Science and Technology master's program curriculum. The internship must last at least 6 weeks. Students are to submit proof of having completed the internship before registering for their final exam in the program.

The internship is intended to provide you with professional orientation, offering you insight into how you might wish to specialize and advance your knowledge. It serves to provide students with insight into the working worlds of operations and institutions from an engineering perspective and allow them to apply the technical knowledge and methodological skills they have acquired during their studies in a practical environment. You may complete the internship in the following areas:

•   Planning, project management

•   Design, construction,

•   Research, development

•   Preparation, execution, and evaluation of trials

•   Plant operation, maintenance, optimization

•   Scheduling, operations planning, operational logistics

•   Modeling, simulation, automation engineering

•   Application technology and metrology

•   Quality assurance

•   Analysis of operational processes

Further information is available in the program’s internship regulations.

Stays abroad

You can generally complete parts of the program abroad, either in the form of study abroad or internships. General information regarding stays abroad can be obtained from the TU Berlin International Office (study abroad) and from the Career Service (internships abroad).

Acquired skills

In this master's program you learn processes, methods, and strategies to recognize, evaluate, avoid, minimize, and remove environmental damage, risks, and strains in the present day and future. As a graduate you possess knowledge and skills in the following fields: waste management, soil science and conservation, air purification, environmental systems engineering, sound insulation, environmental chemistry/analytics, environmental microbiology, environmental chemical engineering, and water purification.

After your studies

The Environmental Science and Technology master’s program opens the door to a number of professional fields in research, development, and education, depending on your chosen focus area. Graduates typically find work in environmental engineering or goods production, engineering offices, supply and disposal companies, business consulting, international organizations, and development cooperation.

Additionally, your master’s degree qualifies you to pursue doctoral studies culminating with either a Dr.-Ing. or Dr. rer. nat. degree.

Further information & downloads

Guidance and choosing the right degree program: Academic Advising Service

Questions about the degree program: Course Guidance

General questions: Student Info Services

Application and enrollment: Office of Student Affairs - Graduate Admissions

Recognition of previously acquired credits: Examination Board

Specific contact points for the degree program