MSc in Water Engineering

General information

The Master’s programme is run as a joint degree programme by Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences together with the Universidad de La Coruña/Spain. 

Enrollment for the winter semester: The first semester is taught at the University of La Coruña and the second semester at Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences.

Enrollment for the summer semester: The first semester is taught at Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences and the second semester at the University of La Coruña.

The third semester is a traineeship semester at one of the two named universities or at other participating universities or in companies/institutions. 


Semester 1 (La Coruña)
Compulsory modules
  • Hydrological Plannings and Projects I
  • Water supply and drainage systems
  • Physico-Chemistry and quality of water

Optional Courses (2/4)

  • Experimental Hydraulics I
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics I
  • Water Treatment and Energy Efficency
  • Groundwater Engineering I

Semester 2 (Magdeburg)

Compulsory modules
  • Hydraulic Plannings and Projects II
  • GIS and Hydrology
  • Restoration Ecology

Optional Courses (2/4)

  • Experimental Hydraulics II
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics II
  • River Morphology
  • Environmental biotechnology and hydrochemistry
Semester 3 (La Coruña, Magdeburg, project partner,
  • traineeship as Enterprise training or University training
  • Master's Thesis
Learning outcome:

The international Master‘s programme in Water Engineering prepares students for professional activity in higher positions in various areas of the water industry on an international level. The content of the programme is suitable for roles in supply and disposal companies, the consulting field, in environment agencies and ministries, in private water industry or environmental protection companies, in engineering firms offering consulting and planning, and institutions, as well as in teaching and research.


The broad experience achieved by the universities of A Coruña and Magdeburg in the training of civil engineering and water engineering professionals within the last decades, has culminated in the development of a Joint International Master Degree meeting the requirements of the European Space of Higher Education set by the Bologna Treaty. At the moment there is an increasing need of qualified professionals in the field of Water and Environmental Engineering not only highly skilled in these fields of expertise but also owning the qualifications that allow them to develop their professional activity within an international environment. The masters on water engineering being taught at the universities of A Coruña and Magdeburg have been merged since 2012 into a joint programme that also counts with the collaboration of some other prestigious international higher education institutions. The programme will be based into three semesters one of which will be imparted at each of the institutions and a third one to take place at the university of the student´s choice (among A Coruña, Magdeburg and the partner universities), where the students will develop their Master Thesis and their internship or university practicum. This placement is considered a key point for this international master as an essential issue to allow for the inclusion of the master students into the job market.

Degree to be obtained: Master Degree in Water Engineering, verified by both the German and Spanish education authorities.

Access: University degrees in engineering or applied sciences to be assessed by the academic commission by July/August/September of each year.

Beginning of the programme 1st Oct

Contact Person: Dr. Bernd Ettmer (


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

0532 - Marine Geology", "0712 - Environmental protection technology


Venue: Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences (Contact University)
Magdeburg, Germany

This is an interuniversity study, in addition to Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal (FH), the following universities also colaborate in teaching:

University of A Coruña

School of Civil Engineering
Campus de Elviña
15071 A Coruña


Open from
16 Jan 2019 to 30 Apr 2019




    Admission to the Master‘s programme in Water Engineering requires a good or excellent university degree completed over a standard course duration of at least 7 semesters or at least 210 credits in the subjects of Water Management, Civil Engineering or a strongly related field.

    Applicants who cannot meet the requirement for 210 credits but can provide evidence of at least 180 credits will be given the opportunity to obtain the missing 30 credits over one semester of a Bachelor‘s programme before the start of the Master‘s course.

    In addition, evidence must be provided of knowledge of the English language to level B2 of the Common European Framework (recommendations).

    Evidence of the necessary English language skills can be provided in the form of:

    • IELTS exam - 5 Punkte or
    • Cambridge exam - First Certificate in English FCE (A-C) or
    • TOEIC - 541 Punkte or
    • TOEFL iBT - 87 Punkte (computer based) or
    • UNIcert II or
    • ALTE level - Level 3 or
    • equivalent tests


    Recommended Profile:

    Students expecting to be trained as qualified professionals in the field of Water and Environmental Engineering with not only high skills in this field of expertise but also owning qualifications that allow them to develop their professional activity within an international environment. Studies of other related branches of science and engineering: In these cases, students will be recommended to curse supplements. If the degree of access is another engineering but not the branch of Civil Engineering, the candidate must demostrate that they have passed (or possibly be prepared to take and pass simultaneously) minimum credits in the area of ​​Hydraulics and Hydrology ( 6c) and college-level Environmental Engineering (6c). Access from degrees of scientific disciplines (Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Environmental Science, ...), in this case, candidates must have passed (or be willing to take simultaneously and exceed) minimum credits in the following disciplines: Mathematics (10c) and Mechanics Fluid and Physical (6c) at university level. In order to study these complementary subjects simultaneously, the University of A Coruña give all possible facilities within the catalog of subjects currently taught in the School of Civil Engineering.

    Application Procedure:

    Access and Admission:

    UDC Master’s studies programmes are open to students with an undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised Spanish university, or an equivalent qualification from a recognised third-level institution in the EHEA.

    Candidates from non-EHEA university systems are not required to have their qualifications officially recognised, provided the UDC is satisfied that the learner outcomes and status of their non-EHEA qualification are homologous to the equivalent degree in Spain. This is an application-specific statement of equivalence only: under no circumstances may the University’s admission of non-EHEA qualifications be construed as a form of official accreditation.

    Applications for UDC Master’s studies programmes will be assessed on the basis of specific entry criteria, including the candidate’s academic qualifications and merits. Information relating to entry procedures and requirements will be included in the programme structure for each degree.

    The decision to offer a student a place on a UDC Master’s degree programme is the result of an application-specific evaluation process, and has no bearing on the academic or professional status of the candidate’s existing qualifications.

    Application and Admission:

    Applications for places on UDC Master’s programmes should be made using the online application system on the UDC website.

    Application for the UDC Master’s in Secondary Education, Vocational Training and Language Teaching should be made in writing using the form provided online.

    Completed forms should be submitted to the Faculty of Education office.

    Applications from students with degrees from non-EHEA university systems should be accompanied by officially notarised or apostilled translations (into either of the two official languages of the University of A Coruña) of the following documents:

    • Degree certificate
    • Academic transcript

    Registration will be completed through the online registrar according to the dates indicated in the official admissions calendar for UDC Master’s programmes.

    Where necessary, the following documentation should be submitted to the relevant Department within 10 calendar days of registration:

    • Completed application for financial assistance
    • Proof of entitlement to fee reduction or exemption

    Grant Opportunities:

    There is a system of aids and scholarships for students in need. The different criteria, application procedures and deadlines depend on the body that convenes (own, regional and state) and the type of aid. You can consult the following links:


    Academic level: Master

    Qualification: Master of Engineering

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