Air Quality Control, Solid Waste and Waste Water Process Engineering (WASTE)

Master of Science 

Start of studies: Winter semester (special deadlines for application)
Standard Period of Study: 4 semesters
Teaching Language: English
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The M.Sc. WASTE caters to international students interested in solving a wide range of engineering problems in the fields of Air Quality Control, Solid Waste, and Waste Water Process Engineering. During the first three semesters, students attend lectures, seminars, and gain practical experience by joining research activities offered by various institutes of the University of Stuttgart. They may choose courses according to their personal interest, thus shaping their individual profile within the environmental sector. The fourth semester is dedicated to the master's thesis. The language of instruction is English. However, students also participate in language courses to improve their German language skills.

WASTE also offers a double degree program in cooperation with the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Brazil.

WASTE is now a part of the EPOS-DAAD Program, which offers the opportunity to outstanding applicants with 2 years of relevant professional experience to finance their studies in Germany.

The Master’s program WASTE

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  • Background in Chemical, Civil, Environmental, Mechanical, or Process Engineering
  • Dealing with unusual and complex environmental issues as well as acquiring problem solving skills related to the fields of Air Quality Control, Solid Waste, and Waste Water Process Engineering
  • Conceptualizing strategies to master environmental challenges by monitoring air and water pollution, and managing the resource waste, while assuring environmental integrity, resilience and sustainability
  • Applying the primarily theoretical education of the master’s program to solve a wide range of engineering problems related to environmental engineering in industry and society
  • Studying in an international environment with students from all over the world

During the course of the program, students choose based on their individual interests among the following specialization areas:

  • Air Quality Control
  • Solid Waste Process Engineering
  • Waste Water Process Engineering

Each area requires 18 ECTS credits to complete and consists on a mandatory Core module (6 ECTS), a Practical Work module (3 ECTS) and two Elective modules (6 ECTS and 3 ECTS, respectively). Alternatively, the 3 ECTS modules can be replaced by an Industrial Internship. You can find detailed information about the Core and Elective modules in the module handbook.

After graduating from the program WASTE students might work for internationally operating large or medium-sized companies, universities, or research institutes and environmental offices both in Germany as well as in their home countries around the world. Their fields of activity vary from working as scientists in research and development departments, or being quality managers and environmental protection officers in the industry, acting as surveyor in measurement and testing institutes, being involved in environmental legislation for international, national or local authorities, and non-governmental organizations, or being environmental experts and consultants in Germany or developing countries.

Studying abroad: what opportunities does my study program offer?

Starting from winter term 2015/16 the University of Stuttgart offers a master’s double degree program in cooperation with the MAUI master’s degree program (Meio Ambiente Urbano e Industrial; Urban and Industrial Environment) at the Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR) in Curitiba, Brazil.

After successful completion of both programs, students are awarded with the master’s degree from UFPR and from the University of Stuttgart.

Studying abroad: what opportunities does the University of Stuttgart have to offer?

Are you interested in going on exchange for a semester or two? Or would you rather do some research or attend a language course? Have you ever thought of joining a Summer School or planned an internship abroad? Whatever you have in mind for your exchange, the International Office will help you make your stay abroad an unforgettable experience. The first step will be to sign up online for our information sessions at the International Office that are offered on a regular basis. We look forward to your registration!

Application and admission: how do I get a place at the University?

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor or Diploma Degree in Chemical, Civil, Environmental, Mechanical, or Process Engineering or in a related field
  • Restricted admission (limited number of places)

The complete information on the admission process, required knowledge of English, and the criteria for the assessment of professional suitability can be found in the admission regulations and on the website of WASTE.

Language Requirements

  • Very good knowledge of English, non-Nativespeakers need a language certificate.
  • Knowledge of German (basic user A2)

Application period for the winter semester: August 1 – February 15

Please note: there are two different application periods:
EPOS-DAAD application (min. 2 years of professional experience): August 1 – September 30.
Regular application period: November 15 – February 15.

The winter semester starts in October.

How is the program structured?

The Master of Science WASTE starts every winter semester (October) and is designed to be completed within four semesters. The program comprises mandatory modules along with an extensive selection of elective modules which could include a student research project or an industrial internship.

In four semesters, 120 credits have to be completed. Normally, 30 credits should be completed each semester. However, variations of plus/minus 3 credits are permitted.

The module handbook describes the modules and the required courses belonging to the module. The module handbook is published in the Campus Management System.


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Carolina Acuña Caro


Course Director WASTE M.Sc.

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