Resources Engineering

The accredited water-oriented Master Study Programme “Resources Engineering” at the Department of Civil Engineering, Geo- and Environmental Sciences (BGU Dept.) provides a forum for multidisciplinary academic studies aimed at graduating students who will engage in water stewardship around the globe.

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DURATION:
24 months

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Location The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was founded on October 01, 2009, by a merger of Universität Karlsruhe (TH) and Forschungs­zentrum Karlsruhe. KIT bundles the missions of both precursor institutions: a university of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg with research and higher education tasks and a large-scale research institution of the national Helmholtz Association conducting provident programme-oriented research on behalf of the government. Within this joint mission, KIT is operating along three strategic fields of action: research, higher education, and innovation.

The city of Karlsruhe was founded in 1715. Today, it has about 290,000 inhabitants. It is located in the West of the State of Baden- Wuerttemberg in the Upper Rhine Valley bordering the Black Forest and the Vosges Mountains. The “Technology Region” Karlsruhe (Technologie Region Karlsruhe) has the highest number of researchers per capita in Europe.

Course focus The accredited water-oriented Master Study Programme “Resources Engineering” at the Department of Civil Engineering, Geo- and Environmental Sciences (BGU Dept.) provides a forum for multidisciplinary academic studies aimed at graduating students who will engage in water stewardship around the globe. We expect graduates to take leadership positions in basic water resources research and in applied fields such as integrated river basin management, water supply management, sanitation engineering, or hydropower engineering.

The curriculum features components in applied natural sciences, engineering, and socio-economics for advanced technology as well as for technology appropriate for development cooperation. Students will learn to apply the scientific knowledge acquired for handling the natural resource water. The study will enable students to evaluate the optimal field of application and the efficiency of solutions to complex problems in research and society. In short, the study promotes knowledge and competencies essential for contributing to integrated water management in R&D projects.

Curriculum:

To be awarded the M.Sc. in “Resources Engineering”, students have to complete a minimum of 120 CP acc. to ECTS in four semesters (of six months each):

(details at www.bgu.kit.edu/resources­engineering/english)

90 CP for course modules (lectures, seminars, lab courses)

  • 60 CP compulsory disciplinary modules
  • 15 CP compulsory supplementary programme
  • 15 CP compulsory elective modules

30 CP for the module “Master’s thesis”

  • (written thesis and colloquium)

Compulsory disciplinary modules (60 CP). Grouped into seven modules, the compulsory disciplinary lecture courses cover three semesters.

Compulsory supplementary programme “International Projects” (Begleitstudium, 15 CP). The supplementary programme comprises three compulsory modules (6 CP, 6 CP and 3 CP) that shall ensure competencies that are indispensable for contributing to international team projects. Relevant competencies will be taught at a professional level, e.g., language proficiency and the ability to successfully complete team projects in variant cultural contexts.

Completing Module 8 “International Communication” includes pass- ing the German language proficiency test either at level DSH 1 or TestDaF 3. Completion of Module 8 by the end of the first semester is a prerequisite for admission to module examinations of the second semester of “Resources Engineering” and, thus, for the continuation of the DAAD scholarship as well.

Compulsory elective modules (15 CP). In the second and third semester students will choose three compulsory elective modules for their individual specialisation. Students may also choose additional modules for further specialisation.

Master thesis (30 CP). During the fourth semester, students will write a thesis to demonstrate their ability to analyse environmental system sectors as well as socio-technical systems and to define an appropriate approach for a solution to a given problem.

Target group Graduates of Bachelor study programmes or of an equivalent study programme with a standard study period of three years who have earned at least 180 CP acc. to ECTS in a disciplinary sector of the Department of Civil Engineering, Geo- and Environmental Sciences at KIT; and

Graduates of Bachelor study programmes in subjects not offered at the Department of Civil Engineering, Geo- and Environmental Sciences at KIT – provided they earned above average grades in subjects in civil engineering, geo- and environmental sciences.

Course language English and German
Compulsory lecture courses are offered in English, whereas most compulsory elective lecture courses are offered in German. Hence students will register for compulsory elective lecture courses stepwise as their German language proficiency improves.
Entry requirements
  • above-average Bachelor’s degree: B.Sc. or B.Eng.
  • above-average grades in subjects of civil engineering, geo- and
  • environmental sciences
  • English: TOEFL test (88 internet based)/ IELTS certificate (6.5)
  • German: July 15: level B1 acc. to CEFR
    1 year prior: at least level A2 acc. to CEFR (DAAD applicants)
  • at least 2 years of professional experience (DAAD applicants)
Degree Awarded Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Course Begins Refer to the website www.bgu.kit.edu/resources­engineering/english
Course Duration 4 semesters

  • Sem. 1–3 (18 months) lectures, seminars, labs, excursions
  • Sem. 4 (6 months) Master Thesis
Course Structure Resource Engineering_Studienplan
Duration of German language course prior to beginning of programme During the 1st semester (for all students):
full-term course starting at base level B1 aiming at DSH 1 * (mandatory for all students who have not yet passed the DSH 1 and whose native language is not German)Preparatory courses for DAAD students:
(a) DUO online (January-March; from level A2.1 to level A2.2/B1)
(b) at KIT (June-Sept, 30 h/wk; from level A2.2/B1 to level B1/B2).
Remarks German Course DB210 EUR 180 (once, 1st semester)
DSH examination EUR 110 (once, 1st semester)
Master Study Program Resources Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering, Geo- and Environmental Sciences
Prof. Dr.rer.nat. habil. Josef Winter (Acad. Director)
Dr.rer.nat. Charlotte Kämpf(Acad. Co-Director)
Otto-Ammann-Platz 1
D-76131 Karlsruhe
Phone: +49 (0)721 / 608-47061
Fax: +49 (0)721 / 608-46165