Degree Course Details

M.Sc. Management and Technology of Water and Waste Water

Program Duration

4 Semesters (2 Years)

Credit Points


Beginning of Program

winter and summer semester


The Management and Technology of Water and Waste Water M.Sc. brings together two areas often regarded as separate: engineering science and process engineering on the one hand, and management on the other. Students will develop the skills to gain a detailed understanding of today's water industry systems, particularly in the area of management, engineering and process engineering, with the focus being on water collection, treatment and purification. In these areas, students will be taught joined-up thinking across business administration, water management and technical issues. They will be able to understand complex water management systems and apply such systems and technologies internationally with due regard to regional and national contexts.

Alongside in-depth lectures on advanced engineering, students will also attend special lectures covering process technology, water treatment and wastewater purification, management and administration, and water management.

Graduates can expect to find good career prospects in managerial roles, particularly in the areas of water supply and wastewater disposal, or with water companies or planning and engineering consultancies. Alternatively, they may choose to pursue a doctorate in either Germany or elsewhere. Graduates can especially expect to find themselves working at the interface between process engineering, water technology and water management. Examples include:

  • Project planning for water treatment and wastewater purification plants from a process engineering and business viewpoint (e.g. facilities construction);
  • Operation of water treatment and wastewater purification facilities from a process engineering and financial viewpoint (e.g. for water and wastewater processing companies);
  • Setting up, implementation and assessment of quality management systems (e.g. for drinking water supply systems).

Graduates can expect to find employment with large international companies, in managerial roles with water and wastewater treatment companies, in the SME sector or as an independent contractor.

Graduates will:

  • Develop an awareness of advanced theory and core mechanical engineering disciplines;
  • Develop advanced knowledge and skills in water treatment;
  • Develop advanced knowledge and skills in wastewater treatment;
  • Will be able to integrate process engineering with environmental and water management technology and will be able to pursue their preference for a commercial or academic career via their choice of electives;
  • Will have an enhanced general education with advanced language skills in German or English as well as increased employability from learning team-working and communication skills, with special emphasis on management;
  • Have demonstrated that they can apply scientific methods to deal independently with problems from the area of environmental and water management technology (or its use in conjunction with another area of engineering) within a specific timeframe, and be able to present the issues clearly.

Study Plan

Management and Technology of Water and Waste Water (MTW3)


Schedule of the actual semester


Campus Duisburg


The academic year is divided into semesters.

  • winter semester: from October to March
  • summer semester: from April to September

Lecture Period

In winter term the lectures usually start in mid-October and end in mid-February. The summer term lectures start usually in mid-April and finish in July. During the winter semester will be a break of two weeks for Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Examination Period

The examination period always starts 1 week after the lecture period and lasts for approx. 5 weeks.

Social Contribution

All students are required to pay a social contribution of about 300 Euro per semester. The social contribution includes a semester ticket covering public transport in North-Rhine-Westphalia, subsidized meals in the canteen of the university and other services.

Costs of Living

We recommend budgeting around 800 to 1000 Euro per month for personal expenses.


Accommodation is available through the Student Services Office or on the private market. Rent for a single room in a student residence is approx. 300 Euro.

Student Advisory Service

Support Center for (International) Engineering Students
SG 119
Tel: +49 (0)203 379-3776

Departmental Advisor

Prof. Stefan Panglisch

Student Council International Studies in Engineering


Additional Information



The University of Duisburg-Essen is system accredited.