Ecological Engineering (Master of Science)

Preserving ecosystems and protecting the environment – you’ll be ready with the Master’s of Ecological Engineering. Various types of land use are competing globally for the limited space available, and are subject to various transformation processes, such as the effects of climate change. You will learn to understand the effects of these conflicts on ecosystems and to develop interdisciplinary environmental planning. Design sustainable land use strategies, e.g. for resource-conserving agriculture or forestry or for ecologically acceptable wastewater treatment solutions. Design methods to prevent and eliminate environmental problems and deepen your understanding of societal demands. In the Master of Ecological Engineering at the TU Munich, students become experts in the field of ecosystem management.

Studying Ecological Engineering successfully: What can you expect?

Type of study: full time, part time

Standard period of study, credits : 4 semesters (6 semesters or 8 semesters in part time), 120 ECTS

Start of degree program: winter semester

Admission category: Aptitude Assessment for Master's

Language of instruction:  German

Main location: Freising-Weihenstephan (Greater Munich area)

Tuition fees: none (information about the semester fee)

Land use conflicts, competition for resources, eutrophication and climate change are 21st- century challenges that can be overcome with appropriate management measures. The goal of the Master's program in Ecological Engineering is to address these problems with innovative solutions. As an expert in ecosystem management, you will be able to identify and analyze land-use conflicts and the effects of different forms of land use on ecosystems, as well as develop and lead interdisciplinary environmental planning. Political and social decisions can be supported by the work of ecological engineers so that environmental problems can be solved sustainably and people's lives improved. Whether integrative farming systems for agriculture and forestry, ecologically sustainable solutions for wastewater treatment or the optimization of near-natural flood protection – with the Master of Ecological Engineering you will be ready for the many challenges of ecosystem management.

Besides regular full-time studies, we also offer part-time studies (50% or 66%).

As an ecological engineer, you can find jobs in public administration, in the private sector or in scientific research and teaching. With your expert knowledge of ecosystem management, you will be in demand for planning and expert opinions in the areas of urban, landscape, energy, environmental and nature conservation. You can work in environmental consulting with authorities or associations, and contribute to more effective environmental and nature conservation legislation. Other career entry points include offices for agriculture, water management, and parks and recreation, where your expertise on ecosystems is much sought after.

The four-semester Master's program focuses on ecosystem management, which must also be taken as a required module and provides you with essential skills. Another important goal of ecological engineering is the competence to uncover and understand complex relationships. This is promoted in the mandatory project work.
The core area provides the necessary knowledge about land use change, management approaches and the best possible application of modelling and communication methods. Four core area modules must be selected and taken according to your individual interests.

Building on this, you will develop an individual competence profile with the help of electives from the specialization areas of ecosystems, methods, management, and additional qualifications. In the ecosystems section, you can choose a focus from agricultural, forest, urban, soil or water ecosystems, with three modules in total. Another two modules are added in the areas of methods and management. The remaining credits (usually 20) can be taken freely from all elective areas. Here you also have the opportunity to develop your practical skills in a professional internship or to expand your language skills or train your presentation and communication skills in the area of interdisciplinary qualifications.
The second or third semester is designed as a mobility window. In addition to lectures or seminars, you have the opportunity to work on a project at one of our partner universities abroad or to complete your professional internship worldwide.
At the end of your studies, you will work on a topic of your choice within the framework of the Master's thesis, using scientific methods and applying the knowledge you acquired during your studies.

Interest aroused? Just take a look at an exemplary course of study!

With a Master's degree in Ecological Engineering, you will be an expert in ecosystem management. During your studies, you will have learned to identify the social and ecological requirements for sustainable land use management, understand the conflicts that arise and to professionally meet the diverse challenges of landscape and social transformation processes. You can analyze interactions of human land use with natural ecosystems and evaluate the consequences of human activities on ecosystems.
Following analysis, you can develop different options for action from passive renaturation to engineering interventions and apply new or already tested solutions to land use and environmental problems. With your planning skills, you can translate options for action into concrete measures and monitor their impact.
In addition, your methodological and social skills enable you to involve all relevant stakeholders and interested parties in participatory projects on a case-specific basis and to advise them at a highly professional level. In addition, you acquire a high level of team working skills through a large number of projects during your studies and can identify research questions and create, implement, evaluate and communicate appropriate projects.

During the application period you can easily apply for a place in the winter semester via the application portal TUMonline. Upload your documents for admission to the Ecological Engineering program directly in the portal.

The prerequisite for application is a qualified bachelor's degree of at least six semesters in the fields of landscape architecture and landscape planning, biology, geography, geology, environmental engineering, agricultural or forestry sciences or related study programs, which you have acquired at a German or foreign university.

With the start of the application period for the winter semester 2023/24, proof of English language proficiency is no longer required.

In a subsequent aptitude assessment, we will check whether you have the prerequisites and motivation for the program.

If you are subsequently admitted, you must submit a few certified paper copies for enrolment.

Master's degree in Ecological Engineering – developing sustainable land use strategies to protect ecosystems and biodiversity

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Already in the middle of your master's degree in Ecological Engineering/ Environmental Planning and Ecological Engineering? Everything you need!

  • Degree documentation
    The degree program documentation presents the concept of the study program.
  • Module catalog
    We update the module catalog every semester. Depending on your start of studies (i.e. depending on your version of the Fachprüfungs- und Studienordnung (FPSO)) you can find the module manual here, in which all currently offered modules are described.

  • Curriculum
    The degree chart gives you an overview and recommendation, which modules you should take in which semester according to academic and examination regulations (FPSO). Exemplary curricula including module recommendations can be found in the degree program documentation.
  • Timetable (TUM ID required for login):
    This timetable is intended to give you an overview of the planned compulsory and elective modules of a semester. It is for orientation purposes only and will not be updated during the semester! 

    Via TUMonline you can have a timetable created for each semester according to FSPO.

    You can also create your own individual timetable, which can contain not only the dates of the selected courses, but also your personal appointments.

    First steps with TUMonline

Important note on part-time studies:

For each semester you study part-time, an individual study and examination plan has to be worked out together with the student advisory service. This plan is a binding regulation between you and TUM and may only be changed after consultation.

Please arrange an obligatory counselling interview with your academic advisor about 2-4 weeks before the start of the lecture. This obligatory regulation will no longer apply to the new 2023 version of the study program. However, we still recommend that you make an appointment with your student advisor based on your study and examination plan.

  • Board of Examination
    The board of examination is a committee consisting of university professors and lecturers of the degree program. The chairperson of the board of examination of your degree program is Prof. Ph.D. Wolfgang Weißer. Applications to the board of examination are received by the secretary and submitted to the board of examination for decision. You can reach the secretary by sending an email to
  • Diploma Supplement
    The Diploma Supplement is an English language addition to the university degree certificate. It describes the qualifications associated with the study program according to uniform criteria.
    Diploma Supplement: List of activities and docket

More information about

If full-time studies are not possible in your current life situation, we also offer you a part-time model. This model offers flexible options in special life situations, for example, for child-raising periods, caring for relatives, working or starting a business.

The possibility of being able to study this course of study part-time does not mean that there are special events in the evening or on weekends. Instead, there is the possibility of being restricted to certain days or only studying for certain periods on certain days.

Before the beginning of each semester you decide which level you would like to enroll in. The choice of level is linked to the maximum number of credits per semester. It is possible to change between the different forms (full-time, part-time 66% and part-time 50%) before each semester (changeover period see below) in order to be able to adapt to changing life situations.

By choosing different time models, the standard period of study can be extended or shortened. This results in an individual study duration.

Type of study Standard duration of study ECTS regular ECTS min./max.
Full-time 4 semesters 30 min. 22
Part-time 66 % 6 semesters 20 max. 25
Part-time 50 % 8 semesters 15 max. 20


Study plan

Your individual study plan has to be coordinated with the student advisory service before each semester. For the new 2023 statute version of the program, this mandatory provision will no longer apply. However, we still recommend an advising appointment with your academic advisor based on your study and exam plan.
You can use the offer from the full-time Master's program for the preparation. In both part-time models, the modules are taken over a longer period of time.

Change to another time model

The change takes place in TUMonline in the user account. A different time level is selected online under Applications. Please note that the signed application must be sent by post to the Matriculation Office in Munich within the transfer period. The deadlines for the change are one week before the re-registration deadline (09 to 15 August for applications for the winter semester and 09 to 15 February for applications for the summer semester).

Application/Admission: Admission procedure - identical for all types of degree programmes
Costs per semester: identical for all types of study

Detailed, degree program - specific information about graduation can be found in the
Wiki Life Sciences – Study and Teaching - Graduation (TUM ID required for login)

Personal student advising

Stephanie Schönwetter, M.Sc.

Campus Office
ground floor, room 05
Tel. +49 8161 71 3128

Consultation hours: On Monday, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Everything you need to know!

Many general questions can already be answered by the FAQs.

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