The WASTE master’s program is aimed at international students who are interested in broad technical problem-solving strategies in the areas of air pollution control, waste and wastewater technology. During the first three semesters, students attend lectures and seminars and gain practical experience by participating in research activities at various institutes at the University of Stuttgart. The courses can be chosen according to personal interests, whereby the individual profile formation within the environmental sector is to be promoted. The fourth semester is reserved for writing the master’s thesis. The language of instruction is English. In order for the students to be able to improve their German skills, it is planned to attend German courses.

The WASTE course also offers students the opportunity to take part in a double degree program that is carried out in collaboration with the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Brazil.



  • Bachelor or Diploma Degree in Chemical, Civil, Environmental, Mechanical, or Process Engineering or in a related field
  • Restricted admission (limited number of places)

The complete information on the admission process, required knowledge of English, and the criteria for the assessment of professional suitability can be found in the admission regulations and on the website of WASTE.

Language Requirements

  • Very good knowledge of English, non-Nativespeakers need a language certificate.
  • Knowledge of German (basic user A2)



Each area requires 18 ECTS credits to complete and consists on a mandatory Core module (6 ECTS), a Practical Work module (3 ECTS) and two Elective modules (6 ECTS and 3 ECTS, respectively). Alternatively, the 3 ECTS modules can be replaced by an Industrial Internship. You can find detailed information about the Core and Elective modules in the module handbook.



After graduating from the program WASTE students might work for internationally operating large or medium-sized companies, universities, or research institutes and environmental offices both in Germany as well as in their home countries around the world. Their fields of activity vary from working as scientists in research and development departments, or being quality managers and environmental protection officers in the industry, acting as surveyor in measurement and testing institutes, being involved in environmental legislation for international, national or local authorities, and non-governmental organizations, or being environmental experts and consultants in Germany or developing countries.

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