Curriculum Water Science - Admission/Enrollment/Funding

Admission 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 3.0 or better (German System)
  • good command of English (a copy of a English language proficiency certificate with at least TOEFL 100 (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 application form (download from
  • CHINESE, VIETNAMESE and INDIAN students please note: You have to provide an APS certificate along with your application documents



Germans, foreign students with a German Abitur and EU/ EWR citizens should apply at:
University Duisburg-Essen Department of Chemistry Examination Committee Dr. Jolanta Polkowska, Universitaetsstr. 5, 45141 Essen, Germany.

Interested students from outside EU/EWR should officially apply :
via our international office since they handle the administrative procedure and check the final grade achieved after transfer to German equivalents.
You may have a look at the web sites of the international office at:

or go directly to the online application area at:

The deadline for Application via the international office is June 15 for the course starting in October.



For information on further funding opportunities see for example