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Master of Science (M.Sc.)

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Academic calendar:

Winter Semester

Standard Period of Study:

4 semesters required for the full degree programme

Scope of services:

120 ECTS-Points for the full degree programme

Admission: First semester:

restrictive admissions (University) (15 places)
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

Application period: First semester: 1 March - 30 June
Higher semesters: Winter Semester: 1 March - 30 September, Summer Semester: 1 December - 31 March
Important information regarding required application materials for higher semesters.
Application: Application for this subject is only possible during the application period and is done online.
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.

Please note:
From the summer semester 2020 on there may be deviations from individual regulations of the admission regulations, selection and entrance examination regulations as well as the study and examination regulations from the Corona Statutes [de].

The versions of statutes with relevance to teaching and learning provided on this page by the Department of Legal Affairs (in particular admission and selection regulations as well as subject and examination regulations) are primarily for information purposes. This means that all amendments subsequently agreed upon by the University Senate have been integrated into the respective text of the original statutes; in the case of the examination regulations for bachelor's and master's degree programmes, this generally relates to extracts of the respective examination regulations (framework examination regulations, subject-specific provisions, and appendices).
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.

For the examination regulations, see "Statutes" section above.

Central Academic Advising Office

The University's Service Centre Studies - Central Student Advisory Service (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
79085 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-3546

Examination Office

Tennenbacher Straße 4, 79106 Freiburg
Silke de Boer, Telefon: 0761 203-8610
Joanna Norek, Telefon: 0761 203-8610
Hans-Christof Gundlach, Telefon: 0761 203-8605
Martina Nickel/ Telefon: 0761 203-8610

Montag und Donnerstag 10.00 Uhr bis 12.00 Uhr
Telefonische Erreichbarkeit: vormittags 8.00 Uhr bis 12.00 Uhr
Abgabe von Bachelor- und Master-Arbeiten: vormittags 8.00 Uhr bis 12.00 Uhr
oder nach telefonischer Vereinbarung