Sustainable Management – Water and Energy M.Sc.

Key Info

Basic Information

Degree:
Master of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
4 semesters
ECTS Credits:
120Mehr Informationen

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.

Language:
English

Admission Requirements

  • 1st university degree, required qualifications according to P.O. Mehr Informationen

  • Proficiency in English --- Mehr Informationen ---

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. Exam regulations.

Admission to First Semester

restricted
NC for WS 2017

Admission to Higher Semesters

open
No NC

Dates and Deadlines

A permanent supply of water and energy is one of the great global challenges of our time. As a result the water-energy nexus, which reaches across various sectors, is becoming increasingly important. Knowing the relationship between water and energy supply and distribution – both pillars in sustainability – it is necessary to connect different scientific perspectives. By considering complex interdependencies – detached from individual resources – the water-energy nexus gains importance as an important key element of sustainable development.

By offering the Master's course of study in Sustainable Management, RWTH is meeting the demand for interdisicplinary collaboration. The program integrates disciplines from energy, civil, and environmental engineering, geography, business and economics, and the social sciences. Students gain specialized analysis, method, solution, and evaluation skills in the fields of water and energy management. Furthermore, the course of study teaches interdisciplinary skills, such as the ability to critically reflect on innovations in a global context and independently work and research.

This technical breadth allows graduates to face complex and global challenges in their professional lives that are scientifically, technologically, and socially relevant. The program aims to qualify a new generation of socially responsible engineers, who contribute to shaping global, sustainable development.

Degree Content

Students' interdisciplinary perspective is carefully crafted from the first to last semester. The program begins with interdisciplinary units, then transitioning to water and water management at RWTH, on to the field of energy and energy management abroad, and ends with a final semester at RWTH dedicated to the water-energy nexus. Students complete an independent research paper during this semester as well.

Required Courses
  • Global Changes and Sustainable Development
  • Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Resilience
  • Engineering Hydrology
  • Water-Energy-Food Nexus
Electives
  • Industrial Wastewater Treatment
  • Water Resources Modeling
  • Flood Risk Management
  • Sanitary Engineering in Developing Countries
  • Hydraulic Engineering Experiments
  • Hydrodynamic Simulation
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) in Water Management
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Groundwater Management
  • Water Engineering Seminar
  • Diversity and Innovations
  • Introduction to Research
  • Bridging the Gap between Gender and Diversity Theories in Civil Engineering
  • History of Sustainability
  • Economics of Technical Diffusion
  • Measurement Techniques and Distributed Intelligence for Power Systems
  • Development Economics
  • Advanced Energy Economics
  • Economics of Technical Change
  • Smart Grid Economics and Information Management
  • Automation of Complex Power Systems

Mobility Window

During the mobility window students complete courses with a focus on energy and management.

Programs Abroad

The fixed mobility window during the third semester allows students to easily complete a stay abroad to specifically complete courses on energy and management. Exchange programs with strategic partner universities in the IDEA League are preferred. A fixed collaborative program is currently offered in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

Prerequisites

A prerequisite for starting studies in a first university degree, with which the necessary background education can be proven, as determined in the exam regulations. The exam board determines whether it fulfills the entrance requirements.

Language Skills

This course of study is taught in English. Thus applicants must submit proof of sufficient English language skills. The current examination regulations determine the required level of skills. You can find the link to the examination regulations further down the page.

Career Prospects

Due to their interdisciplinary and international eduation graduates from the Sustainable Management course of study are able to evaluate and calculate complex, global relationships in energy management and water supply. With their breadth of skills they have good professional prospects in both companies in the water and energy management sector as well as an in consulting engineering offices or in public administration at the state, national, or European level.

Furthermore there is a great demand for skill experts in non-governmental organizations or international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Gesellschaft fr internationale Zusammenarbeit. Graduates can also work as researchers and science managers at the cross-section of various disciplines.

Examination Regulations

Regulations that apply for all Bachelor's and Master's courses of study as well as detailed information about the necessary documentation of required language skills can be found in RWTH’s Comprehensive Examination Regulation. Examination regulations are only published in German as they are legally binding.

Subject Specific Exam Regulations (not yet available) regulate academic goals, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.

Faculty

The Faculty of Civil Engineering is in charge of the Master's course of study in Sustainable Water and Energy Management. It collaborates with the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, and the School of Business and Economics.