University of Kassel

Water, waste, environment (IWAU)

– B.Sc. Environmental Engineering

– M.Sc. Environmental Engineering

Kurt-Wolters-Straße 3, 34125 Kassel
Academic advice:
Cécile Vonderscher

Potential fields of work:

  • Engineering offices with a focus on hydrology and / or water management
  • Environmental / water authorities, municipalities, associations
  • Research and teaching in universities / research institutions
  • Development cooperation
  • Industrial company with environmental protection department

Expertise for studying:
Bachelor (7 semesters):

  • Basic studies: teaching a wide range of engineering and environmental sciences (e.g. mathematics, mechanics, ecology, environmental chemistry, etc.)
  • Main studies: advanced lectures, e.g. in the areas of hydrology, water and urban water management with individual focus
  • High practical part by the module ‘Experimental environmental engineering’ and a 12-week engineering internship

Master (3 semesters):

  • Possible focus in the field of water resources and hydrology:
    – Hydrology and mass balance
    – Hydraulic engineering and water management
  • Further mathematical and environmental science specialization

Entry requirement: not restricted

Application and enrolment:

Registration is possible from 1st June to 1st September

Hydrological courses (selection):

  • Fundamentals of hydrology
  • Regional hydrology
  • Tracer hydrology
  • Water quality modelling
  • Environmental behaviour of chemicals in aquatic systems

Hydrology and Mass Balance

Prof. Dr. Matthias Gaßmann

Research foci:


  • Global change and socio-hydrology
    – Human influence on regional water balance
    – Influence of climate change on water and mass balance
  • Environmental behaviour of trace substances and nutrients
    – Nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus)
    – Pesticides and their transformation products
    – Industrial chemicals (PFC)
    – Veterinary medicinal products


  • Hydrological modelling and reactive mass transport modelling
    – Field scale
    – Catchment scale
  • Laboratory experiments
  • Monitoring
  • Artificial and natural tracers
  • Statistical analysis

Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management

Research and teaching in the fields of hydraulic engineering and water management aim at a better understanding of flow-mechanical processes, especially in the interactions between the operation of hydraulic installations and/or the evolution of flowing waters.

Focuses are set on devising and improving methods, tools, and models that depict the effects of different measures on and in water bodies and serve as the action basis for future implementation concepts. Thematic fields are: hydropower and navigation, flood defence and flood-risk management, evolution of water bodies and river-basin management, automatic operation of impounded river systems, and measures of adaptation to climate change. The application fields are diverse – from river-basin modelling to near-field studies at hydraulic structures.

Department of Urban Water Systems Engineering

Research and teaching cover all aspects of urban water system management.

Department of Geohydraulics and Engineering Hydrology