MSc Water Engineering

General information

The advanced Master's program in Water Engineering at Campus El Gouna, the physical branch of TU Berlin at the Red Sea, provides outstanding education in key sectors of an integrated water resource management. The novel program in Water Engineering is deeply rooted in the long-standing tradition of the TU Berlin, designed for the specific requirements of (semi-)arid countries and regions, in the fields of hydrogeology, hydraulics, water exploitation, water treatment, water supply, wastewater treatment, treated water reuse and sustainable water resources management. 

The two-years, full-time, modular-based program is organized in four main areas of expertise: Water and Wastewater Treatment, Water Sciences, Hydro-Engineering Infrastructure, Interdisciplinary Studies and Intercultural Competence, completed by an Internship and the Master’s Thesis (120 credits in total). Courses are offered mainly in El Gouna, Egypt. Experience abroad will be gained via an excursion, internship and facultative language courses which take place in Germany (2-3 months). The master’s thesis can be conducted at any location of the students’ individual preference (6 months). 

Addressing a sustainable approach in teaching, conventional methods such as lectures, seminars and self-studies are completed by integrated courses, field trips, internships, integrated projects and an industry internship. To enhance the international character of this program, all courses are held in English. On the successful completion of the program, students will graduate with an official Master of Science in Water Engineering from TU Berlin.

Background and Challenges. In the last decades, water resources have been under increased pressure, caused by the gap between the need for water and its availability in terms of both its quality and quantity. This is a particular problem in arid and semiarid regions. Beyond traditional sectors where water is in high demand, this phenomenon is being intensified by rapidly growing populations, increased agricultural irrigation for food production, intensified urbanization and climate change. To overcome this dilemma, a water resources management that follows an integrated and interdisciplinary approach is widely proposed, including sustainable capacity building.

To address these challenges, the master’s degree program in Water Engineering was developed to focus on the specific requirements of arid and semiarid countries and regions in the fields of hydrogeology, hydraulics, water exploitation, water treatment, water supply, wastewater treatment, treated water reuse and sustainable water resources management.

Study areas and modules. The Master's degree program Water Engineering is a two-year long, full-time, advanced post-graduate course. The majority of the courses are held at the El Gouna campus in Egypt. The students spend the second semester in Berlin, an outstanding opportunity to experience Germany's fascinating capital and attend courses at the university's main campus. The master’s degree program in Water Engineering is fully taught in English and covers the following core study areas (I-VI):

(I) Water Treatment

  • Water Supply and Sanitation I
  • Water Supply II
  • Water Sanitation II
  • Industrial Wastewater Treatment
  • Water Reuse Technology

(II) Water Science

  • Water Chemistry
  • Water Biology
  • Engineering Hydrology
  • Basic Hydrogeology
  • Applied Hydrogeology
  • Field Hydrogeology

(III) Hydro-Engineering Infrastucture

  • Hydraulic Engineering and Modeling of Hydrosystems
  • Environmental Hydraulics
  • Water and Wastewater Transport

(IV) Interdisciplinary Studies and Intercultural Competence

  • Water Economics
  • Integrated Project I
  • Integrated Project II
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Excursion in German

(V) Internship

(VI) Master's Thesis

The main focal points of the curriculum are:

  • Conventional and advanced treatment of water and wastewater, wastewater discharge systems, decentralized sanitation solutions, water tanks and networks, sludge treatment, sludge disposal and water reuse;
  • Engineering hydrology, basic, applied and field hydrogeology, modeling of water-related and environmental systems for sustainable exploration of water resources, especially groundwater;
  • Biological and chemical aspects of water quality management, including water resource protection;
  • Modeling of hydro-systems and hydraulic engineering as well as water and wastewater transport;
  • Fundamentals of international water legislation, economics and socioeconomic aspects of water;
  • Two project management blocks on “Integrated Water Resources Management” (IWRM);
  • Soft skills, intercultural competence and scientific work;
  • Practical experience, including work in the laboratory and at test stands, field trips, demo site excursions and an industry internship.

Teaching and Learning Methods

FAQ

Contact: Andrea Ehmke

Learning outcome:

Students from the program are awarded an official master’s degree from the Technische Universität Berlin in Water Engineering. The demand for knowledgeable engineers trained in the use and development of innovative technologies for water exploitation, water treatment and reuse, furthermore acquiring the competence to manage water resources in a versatile and integrated manner is rising, especially in arid and semiarid regions. Graduates of the master’s degree program are qualified to work in leading positions in the local, regional, national or international context of sustainable water engineering. They are able to work in the private sector, governmental institutions, non-governmental organizations, associations and consultancies and are also qualified to apply for international PhD programs at research institutes, universities or in industry.

Objective:

The program aims to:

  • provide students with broad, technical-orientated knowledge in water related engineering and natural sciences,
  • determine the complex challenges facing the water sector in dry climate regions,
  • develop appropriate academic and scientific problem solving strategies,
  • teach students how to work in international project teams on multidisciplinary topics in order to deal with water in a sustainable, integrated manner.

The two-years, full-time, modular-based program was designed to full-fill the requirements of the European Education Ministers’ 1999 Bologna declaration for the European Higher Education Area.The study program is organized in four main areas of expertise: Water and Wastewater Treatment, Water Sciences, Hydro-Engineering Infrastructure, Interdisciplinary Studies and Intercultural Competence, completed by an Internship and the Master’s Thesis (120 credits in total).

Courses are offered mainly in El Gouna, Egypt. Experience abroad will be gained via an excursion, internship and facultative language courses which take place in Germany (2-3 months). The master’s thesis can be conducted at any location of the students’ individual preference (6 months).

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0421 - Marine and maritime law", "0512 - Biotechnology", "0512 - Toxicology", "0532 - Marine Geology", "0031- Personal skills and communication", "0588 - Scientific modelling", "0712 - Environmental protection technology

Venue

Venue: Technische Universität Berlin
El Gouna, Egypt

Campus El Gouna
Mohamed Ibrahim Kamel St.
84513 El Gouna
 

Application


Cost:

Tuition and fees for the Master's degree programs amount to a total of €20,000, due in four instalments of €4,000 for the first and fourth semester and €6,000 for the second and third semester, respectively. This amount covers all costs associated with attending the curricular activities of the particular Master's degree program. It does not include costs for travel, visas, accommodation, obligatory health insurance, and living expenses.

To complete the admission process, the first instalment of the tuition fees has to be transferred to TU Berlin Campus El Gouna upon request.

For more details please have a look at the corresponding tution and fee regulations on the right hand side. 

For information about various scholarship programs, please click here.

Scholarships


Prerequisites:

An academic background in the form of a relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is an obligatory requirement for all Master’s programs at TU Berlin Campus El Gouna. As professional experience is considered to be a valuable asset for the course profile, practical work experience in a subject related field is mandatory as well. Additional qualifications, such as social commitment, publications, participation in extra-curricular academic events, language abilities, and IT skills will also be taken into consideration.

Energy Engineering (EE)
Qualification in energy/power engineering and chemical engineering, followed by mechanical and industrial engineering as well as electrical and environmental engineering. The candidates should have a basic knowledge in thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer and fluid dynamics.

Urban Development (UD)
Qualification in a city related discipline is required: Architecture, Urban Planning, Environmental Planning, Geography, Urban Design, or Landscape Planning. Candidates with a background in Civil Engineering, Law, Political Science, Business, Administration, Sociology, or Economics are also encouraged to apply.

Water Engineering (WE)
Qualification in water related engineering or a natural science is required: Environmental, Chemical, Civil, Mechanical or Process Engineering, Biology, Geosciences, Chemistry, or similar.

For more details, please have a look at the corresponding admission and study regulations on the right hand side.

Formal Language Test

The language of instruction at TUB Campus El Gouna is English. Hence, a formal language test is compulsory to enrol in any of our Master's programs (for instance 87 points for TOEFL iBT, grade 6.0 for IELTS, or comparable others).

English native speakers are not required to supply proof of English language ability. Also, if English was the official language of instruction of your previous degree, you can be exempted from the language test. In this case, please provide us with a document from your university, stating that the curriculum was taught in English.

More information is available in the Application Form , which you can find here.


Application Procedure:

Apply now all year round: We have removed the fixed application periods for our three Master’s programs in Energy Engineering, Urban Development, and Water Engineering. The programs commence once per year in October. You can now apply for the next intake up to twelve months in advance.

We expect this change in procedures to significantly enhance the chances of our prospective students to find suitable scholarships, as many donor organizationsrequire several months to process funding requests. We therefore advise all interested students to apply for our Master’s programs as early as possible. After reviewing and approving your application documents, we will issue a Letter of Acceptance, which you can submit to scholarships providers with a request for financial assistance.

To avoid misunderstandings during your application, we would like to stress that our Master’s programs take place in El Gouna, Egypt (two or three semesters, depending on the program), and Berlin, Germany (one semester or one-month excursion, depending on the program). The tuition fees for our two-year Master’s programs amount to €20,000. For further information, please consult our FAQ section.

Application Periods: In order to enhance the application process, there are three different application periods.

Early Application - until 9 February 2016:
Applications submitted by 9 February 2016 will be answered as soon as possible with a Preliminary Letter of Acceptance under the condition that all documents (including transcripts) have been delivered and the applicant meets the eligibility criteria. This procedure supports our candidates' quest to obtain external funding or scholarships.

Regular Application - 10 February until 31 May 2016: 
All documents have to be submitted and only complete applications will be processed. We expect applicants of this group to arrange their own funding as it is difficult to obtain any scholarships on such short notice.

Late Application - 1 June until 31 August 2016: 
After the end of the regular application period you can still apply for our Master's programs until the maximum number of students for each program has been reached. All documents have to be submitted and only complete applications will be processed. We expect applicants of this group to arrange their own funding as it is difficult to obtain any scholarships on such short notice.

The next Master's degree programs in Energy Engineering, Urban Developmentand Water Engineering commence in October 2016. Please prepare the following documents as PDF files for your application:

  • Application Form (see below)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of passport (must be valid until October 2017)
  • Bachelor certificate and transcript (or equivalent)
  • Detailed letter of motivation (max. 2 pages)
  • Proof of English language proficiency [TOEFL iBT (at least 87 points)/ IELTS (grade 6.0)]
  • Proof of work experience / internships
  • Certificate of higher education entrance qualification (high school certificate)
  • Proof of civil society commitment / community activity / voluntary work (optional, but important for SFSD-applicants)
  • Only for Egyptian SFSD-applicants: statement of earnings (human resource letter)

Please note:

  • Do not submit any original documents, only copies
  • Provisional certificates cannot be accpeted
  • All documents and certificates must be submitted in English
  • The Application Form must be signed by hand, no electronic signatures
  • Create one file (PDF) per document and label all files clearly
  • Send all files in one email
  • The total size of all files must not exeed 10 MB
  • Applications that fail to adhere to these standards will not be considered

Application Form

If you fulfill the eligibility criteria and would like to apply for one of the Master's degree programs at TU Berlin Campus El Gouna, please use the Application Form (PDF, 364,4 KB). Just download the file, fill in the necessary information, add the required documents, and send it back with all necessary documents to:

application@elgouna.tu-berlin.de

Admission

All applications will be evaluated by the respective Selection Committees, consisting of professors, research associates, and students. The applicants will be informed about the decision as soon as possible.

After successful selection, candidates will be asked to submit the following certified documents for the matriculation at Technische Universität Berlin:

  • Matriculation form (will be sent to you)
  • Certified copy of Bachelor's degree in German or English  
  • Regular photocopy of national ID card or passport
  • Valid visa for study purposes in Egypt
  • Proof of health insurance for Egypt and Germany

Grant Opportunities:

A comprehensive selection of various scholarship options for prospective students at TU Berlin Campus El Gouna can be found here. Please note that this list is by no means exhaustive, thus own additional research into external financing options is highly recommended.

Qualification

Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

Credits:
Scheme: 
ECTS
Value: 
120
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