Environmental Engineering (TUM) - joint international programme

Boost your CV by studying abroad; study at two internationally acclaimed universities, spend one year abroad, and gain a unique specialization in Environmental Engineering.

Environmental Engineering

The DTU-TUM 1:1 is a two-year intensive exchange master's programme for students enrolled at either DTU or TUM. You will spend one year at TUM and one year at DTU and receive your master's degree from the university you are enrolled in.

The study programme aims to provide students with the competencies to develop sustainable solutions to complex environmental issues, while also taking into account legal, societal, financial, and resource aspects. As a graduate MSc in Environmental Engineering you will be able to design, conduct, and interpret laboratory and field experiments and can quantify the hazards, risks, and uncertainties of environmental problems.

After successful completion of the programme, students from DTU and TUM will be awarded the Master of Science in Environmental Engineering. Your diploma will bear the logos of both universities and will be supplemented by a special insert which describes your participation in the DTU-TUM 1:1 master’s programme.


The main focus of the programme is themes such as:

  • Urban water engineering
  • Environmental hazards and resources management
  • Water resource management

Studying abroad jump-starts your career as employers are always looking for graduates with an international outlook and intercultural competencies. Upon graduation you will be eligible to enter a PhD programme, but you will also be qualified for leading positions in industry.

Career opportunities

The fast growth and development in environmental calls for engineers with the skills to meet the increasing market demands for innovative and flexible products that can respond to the needs of a rapidly changing market.

As a graduate from this mater’s programme you will be qualified to work in job functions such as consulting, planning, construction, project leadership and analysis, research, teaching and management. Some of the most typical sectors are within water supply, wastewater and water resources and soil and ground water remediation.

Graduating from the MSc programme with a high grade point average will qualify you for admission to PhD studies—either as an industrial PhD with concurrent employment in a company, or as a regular PhD student.

Read more about DTU's PhD programmes

Application deadlines

1 February - for start in the fall semester
1 September - for start in the spring semester*

*Students who started at DTU on 1 September may send the application form by 10 September

The DTU-TUM Joint Degree programme is only open to students, who have been formally admitted to DTU's regular MSc in Environmental Engineering programme. Therefore, it is not possible to apply for admission directly to the dual degree programme. The application form is only accessible with DTU credentials.

How to apply

1) Fill in the application form and submit it.
2) The Office of International Education will forward the application to the Programme Coordinator.
3) The Programme coordinator will consult their counterparts at the partner university and select the most eligible students.
Please note, that the partner university MAY ask for additional documents, before taking a decision.  
4) The Programme coordinator will inform DTU International Affairs Office about their decision.
5) The Office of International Education will inform the students and issue Nomination Letters



  • Motivated and dedicated students
  • Above average GPA
  • Strong English Language skills. 

Pre-approval of courses

Courses taken abroad must be approved by the DTU professor responsible for the individual 1:1 programme.

Periods abroad

For DTU students a standard period of two consecutive semesters is taken at the host institution. This can either be in the first and the second semester (master's thesis conducted at the home institution), or the third and fourth semester (master's thesis conducted at the host institution):

  • Period one: 1st + 2nd semester (master's thesis conducted at the home institution)
  • Period two: 3rd + 4th semester (master's thesis conducted at the host institution)

The standard period of study is four semesters which corresponds to 120 ECTS credits, consisting of three semesters of course work, and a master’s thesis that is usually written during the fourth semester.

The study plan  follows the guidelines listed below:

DTU Year 1 TUM Year 1

General competence courses 25 ECTS

Technological specialization courses 30 ECTS

Electives 5 ECTS

Required courses 24 ECTS

Elective Courses 24 ECTS

Cross Cutting Methods 12 ECTS

TUM Year 2 DTU Year 2

Electives 15 ECTS

Project 15 ECTS

Thesis 30 ECTS

General competence courses 10 ECTS

Electives 15-20 ECTS

Thesis 30-35 ECTS

Students must pass a sufficient number of Elective Courses to bring the total number of ECTS credits of the entire study up to at least 120 ECTS credits.

Study plan

As part of their application for the 1:1 MSc programme, students are asked to prepare a study plan which must be approved by both programme coordinators. The programme coordinators from each institution must approve the study plan of each student involved in the programme.

For TUM students, the first and second semester are taken at the home institution and the third and fourth semester at the host institution.

For DTU students, a standard period of two consecutive semesters is taken at the host institution. This can either be in the first and the second semester (master's thesis conducted at the home institution), or the third and fourth semester (master's thesis conducted at the host institution).

Master's thesis

The master thesis is usually written during the fourth semester of the programme. The thesis will be conducted with co-supervision from both institutions. The thesis supervisor at the institution where the master thesis work is conducted will act as the main supervisor and will thus have the primary responsibility for the student. Local thesis rules will apply.

For DTU students, the thesis must be presented at an oral defense according to the rules and regulations of the university where the master thesis has been conducted and with the participation of both supervisors.

For DTU students, the master thesis is graded using the 7-point grading scale, with the grade appearing on the Master degree diploma. The grade will be determined by the DTU thesis supervisor, the co-supervisor and an external examiner according to the Danish rules and regulations on examination.

Technische Universität München (TUM) is one of Europe’s top universities.

It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists.

The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world. TUM regularly ranks among the best European universities in international rankings.


Philipp Mayer

Philipp Mayer Professor Department of Environmental and Resource Engineering Phone: +45 45251569 Mobile: +45 26182539