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Hydrology

Master of Science (M.Sc.)


Language of instruction:

German

Academic calendar:

Winter Semester

Standard Period of Study:

4 semesters required for the full degree programme

ECTS points:

120

Admission: First semester:

restrictive admissions (University)
The admissions restrictions are determined by the admissions regulations for the individual field. For more detailed information, please visit your departmental academic advisor.

Higher semesters:

with special prerequisites for admission according to selection regulations

Please note: University admission requirements may change up to the start of the application period.

Application period: First semester: until 30 June
Higher semesters: Please contact the respective subject academic advisor
Application: Application is made directly to the relevant subject.
Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources

Hydrology is the science of water – one of the most important foundations of life for humankind and nature. Since the demand for water is on the rise throughout the world, the availability, the distribution, and the quality of water are topics of great national and international relevance in the 21st century. Hydrology focuses especially on the spatial and temporal distribution of water with regard to its amount and quality, both above and under the ground. Current topics of hydrological research include the impact of changes in climate, environmental conditions, and social economics on the water cycle. Hydrology combines methods from the natural sciences with applied environmental research and provides important foundations for planning and decision-making for areas like water management, tap water supply, flood control, and water conservation.

The master’s program in hydrology includes self-contained three-week teaching modules on water in the atmosphere, in rivers and lakes, the unsaturated earth zone, and groundwater. These courses include field experiments in which students measure the interaction between components of the water cycle, apply hydrological theories, and prepare mathematical models. In addition to a solid theoretical and thematic grounding in the field, the program includes practical modules with modern computer modeling, data analysis, analytical laboratory methods, field courses, and excursions. The program thus provides students the necessary qualifications to launch a career as environmental scientists. The course of study ends with a master’s thesis in which students are integrated into current research projects, thus providing them a smooth transition to a career or research.

Freiburg hydrologists study the water cycle in many different regions of the world. They develop and refine hydrological measurement and testing methods in national and international research projects. Hydrological research in Freiburg is scientifically grounded research on water and the environment with a pronounced practical relevance. Freiburg researchers conduct innovative experiments and develop simulation models that collect data on, visualize, and predict the spatiotemporal dynamics of water flow above and under the ground, thus making it possible to create targeted representations of natural processes of the water cycle as well as of anthropogenic influences or the impact of climate change. Instruction is closely linked to research in all areas and offers the students interesting insight into the most important hydrological research questions from the outset.


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The greatest care has been taken in writing these versions. Nevertheless, it cannot be entirely ruled out that errors may have occurred. Consequently, it is solely the officially announced statutes and statute amendments that are legally binding, i.e. as published in the Amtlichen Bekanntmachungen der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau [de] or, up to the year 2000, in the official gazette of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

Central Student Advising Office


The central student advisory service - the Central Student Advising Office (ZSB) provides information and advice on all questions that may arise prior to, at the beginning of, and during a course of study. If you are seeking subject-specific advice in addition to this, you can also contact the respective subject academic advisor.

Departmental Academic Advising


Dr. Jens Lange
Institut für Hydrologie
1. OG, Raum 01 014
Fahnenbergplatz
79085 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-3546

jens.lange@hydrology.uni-freiburg.de


Examination Office


Tennenbacher Straße 4, 79106 Freiburg
Ursula Striegel, Telefon: 0761 203-3605
ursula.striegel@unr.uni-freiburg.de
Silke de Boer, Telefon: 0761 203-8610
silke.deboer@unr.uni-freiburg.de
Joanna Norek, Telefon: 0761 203-8610
joanna.norek@unr.uni-freiburg.de
Hans-Christof Gundlach, Telefon: 0761 203-8605
h-c.gundlach@unr.uni-freiburg.de
Martina Nickel/ Telefon: 0761 203-8610
martina.nickel@unr.uni-freiburg.de


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Abgabe von Bachelor- und Master-Arbeiten: vormittags 8.00 Uhr bis 12.00 Uhr
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