Doctorate On Campus

Environment Water

University of Stuttgart

36 months
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The Environment Water course from University of Stuttgart is a doctoral program in Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering offered by the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences which leads to a doctoral degree in Engineering ('Doktor-Ingenieurin' or 'Doktor-Ingenieur', abbr. 'Dr.-Ing.'). 


An increasing world population exerts a continually growing demand on usable fresh water resources. For sustainable development of these water resources under economic and social constraints, the education of highly-qualified water resources engineers with a global perspective and the ability for international scientific cooperation is of utmost importance.

It is offered in addition to bilingual M.Sc. programs, e.g. in Water Resources and Engineering Management (WAREM), Air Quality Control, Solid Waste and Waste Water Process Engineering (WASTE),  Infrastructure Planning (MIP), and Computational Mecha­nics of Mate­rials and Struc­tures (COMMAS).

First Phase

In the initial phase of the Environment Water course from University of Stuttgart , doctoral researchers are required to take classes at the doctoral level as specified in an individually designed study plan. The courses are intended to directly aid in the preparation for the dissertation research. Most classes are taught in English, and the regular curriculum is supplemented through workshops and short courses taught by faculty from universities worldwide. Aside from classes, the doctoral researchers will mainly focus on the preparation of a detailed research proposal and a projected time line.

Second Phase

In the second phase, the doctoral researchers primarily focus on their dissertation research and the preparation of a doctoral thesis. The thesis research may be undertaken at any of the participating institutes within the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences. In addition, the candidates continue to participate in the doctoral seminar which takes place twice a year. After completion of the doctoral thesis, the doctoral researcher is required to publicly defend her/his thesis research and to pass an oral dissertation exam.

Programme Structure

  • The disciplines in Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering reach from waste water treatment to modeling hydrosystems; they cover research on rainfall-runoff-models and the impact of climate change on water resources as well as sanitary engineering, biological air purification and the investigation of sedimentation and transport in fluvial channels.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • MSc (or an equivalent degree) relevant for the respective project. Applicants must have graduated from a min. 4-year study program with a comprehensive scientific thesis work in Civil Engineering, Water Resources Management, Environmental Engineering or a related field (this might be a Master's degree or an equivalent degree). The quality of the degrees (i.e. eligibility) will be checked by the University of Stuttgart on a case-by-case basis. At the time of application, generally no more than 6 years should have passed since the last degree was gained.
  • Excellent academic record, ambition to work in a dynamic international and interdisciplinary environment and to actively participate in the structured international doctoral program ENWAT.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English.

Tuition Fee

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    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Stuttgart

900 - 1521 EUR /month
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