University of Technology

Faculty 2
Environment and Natural Resources,
Institute of Environmental Sciences

– Land Use and Water Management (B.Sc., M.Sc.)

– Environmental Engineering (B.Sc., M.Sc.)

– Euro Hydroinformatics and Water Management (M.Sc.)

– Environmental and Resource Management (B.Sc., M.Sc.)

P.O.Box 10 13 44, 03013 Cottbus
Academic advice:

Potential fields of work:

  • Landscaping engineering firms
  • Agriculture and forestry
  • Tourism
  • Water management companies and organizations
  • Nature and environmental protection agencies
  • Soil conservation and restoration of contaminated sites
  • Production processing and marketing of renewable raw materials
  • Environmental and regulatory agencies at local, regional and national level
  • Environmental organizations, the European Union and the United Nations
  • Universities and research institutes
  • Engineering and planning offices
  • Energy companies
  • Environmental management and research institutions
  • Sewage, waste management companies, recycling companies

Expertise for studying: Basic knowledge of English
Entry requirement:

  • Bachelor´s study programme: General university entrance qualification (Abitur)
  • Master´s study programme: At least a bachelor’s degree in a mathematical-scientific or engineering study programme
  • English-language study programs: Proof of proficiency in English

Application and enrolment:

  • Deadline of application: 31st August
  • Enrolment: end of September
  • Start of course: winter term

Hydrological courses (selection):

  • Hydrology
  • Spatial data and geographic information system
  • Case studies in land use and water resources management
  • System- and Process Hydrology
  • Basics of Landuse and Water Resources Management
  • Methods of Water Resources Management
  • Hydrology & Hydraulics
  • Ecosystem Analysis
  • Water and Aquatic Environment Management
  • Computer Science in Hydroinformatics
  • Information Management in Hydroinformatics Systems
  • HydroEurope: Working as Virtual Company/Institute

Chair of Hydrology

Prof. Dr. Christoph Hinz

Research foci:

  • Hydrological processes
  • Ecohydrology

Department of Environmental Sciences and Process Engineering

The didactic field of “water” at the department of environmental sciences and process engineering is represented by the chairs “Hydrology and Water Resources Management“, “Protection of Waters”, “Biotechnology of Water Treatment” as well as “Hydrotechnology and Sanitary Engineering”. In combination with the subject areas “soil“ and “air“, this didactic field imparts the scientific and technical principles of environmental sciences in the course of the undergraduate studies. During the ensuing environmental engineering main subject and deepening studies, autonomous, first and second consolidation courses are offered.

Degrees: Bachelor, Master, PhD

Chair of hydrology and water resources management

A profound knowledge of hydrological principles and the elements of the water balance is an indispensable basis for the engineer working in the field of applied environmental protection, ecology, water resources management, etc. In addition to these basics, the methodology for acquiring, simulating, managing and controlling volume and quality of stagnant and flowing water bodies and of the groundwater is taught as well as instruments for hydrological investigation and water body control.

Research performed by the chair of hydrology and water resources management focuses on the integrated consideration and management of water volume and quality of ground and surface water resources.

Chair of hydrotechnology and sanitary engineering

The chair’s range of activities includes:

  • Technical hydromechanics
  • Water supply
  • Hydrochemistry
  • Hydromelioration
  • Sanitary engineering

Research topics are as follows

  • Problems of ground and surface water quality in Lusatian post-mining landscapes
  • Restoration and construction of dikes within the scope of flood protection
  • Process development and optimization in the fields of water and sewage treatment

Chair of water treatment biotechnology


  • Sewage disposal
  • Sewage purification

Current research foci

  • Planning, maintenance and operation of sewage pressure pipelines
  • Sewage purification in urban areas
  • Soil and groundwater contamination due to sewage irrigation
  • Innovative solutions for decentralised sewage treatment
  • Problems of groundwater usage to preserve small-scale water balances

Chair of protection of waters


  • Water ecology

Research fields

  • Impacts of climate change on the development of the trophic level of lakes and the energy flow of forest brooks
  • Development of trophic level of lakes
  • Limnology of open-pit mining lakes in post-mining landscapes
  • Ecology and development of flowing waters in post-mining landscapes
  • Morphology and renaturation of lowland brooks
  • Ecology of sand creeks