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DAAD Scholarship in Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering – M.Sc. TropHEE

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DAAD Scholarship in Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering – M.Sc. TropHEE

TropHEE in Darmstadt

The Darmstadt Master of Science Course “Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering” (TropHEE) aims at combining a comprehensive understanding of geoscientific fundamentals with a specific focus on issues of application that are essential in hydrogeology and environmental management. In particular, TropHEE concentrates on methods and modern techniques enabling the participants to find ways for a sustainable development of tropical and subtropical countries from a geoscientific point of view. Although in the broader framework of international development cooperation, TropHEE offers a comprehensive, research-oriented education in Hydrogeology and Environmental Geosciences and Engineering on Master level.

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TropHEE started in 2006 under the name “Tropical Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology and Environmental Management”, after finishing the accreditation process in 2005. With its re-accreditation in 2012, the profile of the course profile is stronger than before focused on water and environmental technology issues, while strictly engineering-geology-focused issues have been omitted from the syllabus.

The students of TropHEE obtain a broad assortment of fundamental knowledge and an excellent theoretical and applied knowledge in the fields of hydrogeology, water management and land use planning with emphasis on geoscientific recommendations. Their scientific competence will be complemented by their competence of methods as well as their understanding of systems.

English has been chosen as the course language to allow participants from all over the world to attend the classes without wasting time for language familiarisation.

Holding a MSc from the TropHEE course, the graduate

developed awareness of the geoscientific problems of his/her home country,
comprehends the complexity of problems and tasks in the field of activity,
is able to familiarize himself/herself with new methods in the same field or a new field of activity independently,
earned to act in a creative and constructive manner to understand and develop new knowledge, methods and solutions,
obtained competence of designing and grading open questions as well as the competence of recognizing structures and patterns,
bears in mind the consequences of actions and decisions in the light of globalization and internationalization and the potential impact on technical, socio-economic and ecologic developments,
works interdisciplinarily and internationally and goes beyond professional, administrative and political limits if necessary,
balances various solutions and discusses decisions using facts and comprehensible arguments.

With these competences and skills the following professional areas and fields of research are opened to the graduate:

  • Research in the field of transport and fate of contaminants, with specific knowledge concerning humid tropic and semiarid areas.
  • Research and development in the field of sustainable groundwater protection with emphasis on tropic areas.
  • Planning, design and implementation of groundwater protection areas and catchment areas as well as catchment management.
  • Site investigation and remediation of brown fields and contaminated water and soil.
  • Research in the field of soil erosion and protection.
  • Planning, design and implementation of soil protection measures and measures to avert soil erosion.
  • Investigation, assessment and sustainable exploitation of geo-resources, such as raw materials or water.
  • Consulting in the fields of water management.
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Requirements for joining TropHEE

Carefully check, if the content of the TropHEE master’s course fits into your academic background and your professional career wishes. You should be interested in geosciences and should have already been in touch with geological subjects and information. The major focus of the TropHEE program is on water and related environmental and technical issues, viewed from a strong geoscientific perspective. Engineering geology and civil engineering is only marginally taught in this context.

For detailed information on the content of the course please check the “Study Information” text and the “Module Handbook” on our Download page.

Although there are little additional costs (enrolment fee of around 240 € / per semester), you have to pay for all expenses of your travel to Germany, your residence and arrangements in Germany, and for the obligatory field courses.

There are also some formal requirements: Applicants are required to prove geoscientific or civil engineering competences, or competences in a related subject on at least Bachelor level, as documented through a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering degree or a comparable examination. The TropHEE Examination Board decides on the equivalency of the degrees. In individual cases the TropHEE Examination Board may request interviews or tests to assess the eligibility of candidates, or impose other additional requirements.

Candidates must also provide proof of English language proficiency in form of a certificate (UNICERT III, TOEFL (PBT 570, CBT 230, iBT 88), IELTS 6.5 or CAE (Grade C1)). English language proficiency is regarded as proven if your previous degree (e.g. Bachelor) was taught entirely in English. The students do not need to provide proof of fluency in German, although they are encouraged to participate in language courses offered by the language centre of TU Darmstadt.

If you need any further advice on whether the TropHEE course might be suitable for you or not please fill out the following questionnaire and send it to the TropHEE office at

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DAAD Scholarship

If you need a scholarship for attending the TropHEE M.Sc. course, please apply for a scholarship first. The TropHEE M.Sc. course is part of the DAAD scholarship program with emphasis on problems of developing and transforming countries.

Postgraduate Courses for Professionals with Relevance to Developing Countries

All prerequisites and requirements for a DAAD scholarship are listed on the following website:

Prerequisites and Requirements for Scholarships for Postgraduate Courses with Special Relevance to Developing Countries

The number of scholarships from DAAD is limited, however, and competition is high. Please check carefully if you fulfill the DAAD requirements. These include: (i) you have a B.Sc. certificate above average; (ii) you do not hold a master title so far; (iii) you have some practical experience outside the university in the field of water; and (iv) you intend to go back to your home country where you preferably already have a guaranteed job position.

The deadline to apply for a DAAD scholarship is October 15th at TU Darmstadt. Deadlines refer to the year before students intend to start the program. Please note that your application should be addressed to the TropHEE office:

Technische Universitaet Darmstadt
Applied Geosciences – TropHEE Office
Schnittspahnstr. 9
64287 Darmstadt

The final decision on the allocation of scholarships is made by the DAAD. Please note that the selection process at all postgraduate courses supported by the DAAD will last from the end of October until February.

After positive response from the DAAD you must still apply online with TU Darmstadt as described here. This may take another 3 months.

If you need a scholarship but do not fit into DAAD requirements, please contact our office at 

For more information, please visit the official website of the university here.

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