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Joint Doctoral Programme Geo-Engineering and Water Management

In the Joint PhD Programme in Geo-Engineering and Water Management, you profit from the international focus of the programme — 4 partner universities combine their expertise in the focus areas of geo-engineering and water management:

  • TU Graz,
  • the University of Zagreb,
  • the University of Maribor and
  • the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

You choose a home university, e.g. TU Graz, attend courses, undertake independent research of high scientific quality and are supported by your supervisor. Twice a year, students and teaching staff from the partner universities meet at the 2 week long “Joint Schools”, where you can attend seminars, take part in excursions and work in laboratories. At the same time, you get to know new cities and cultures. You enriching your research by sharing scientific ideas. Furthermore, you gain experience in national and international research by participating in conferences and workshops as well as contributing to publications in scientific journals.


Doctoral thesis

  • Undertake independent research in the focus areas of geo-engineering or water management
  • Find solutions to scientific and technical problems
  • Publish in renowned scientific journals
  • Write up and defend research results
  • Lecture at public specialist conferences or workshops
  • Develop a specialist network
  • Talk to your supervisor and other students about your progress and the results of your doctoral thesis.

Courses (part of curriculum)

  • Develop your knowledge of the focus areas of geo-engineering or water management
  • Gain experience of scientific methods
  • Complete interdisciplinary courses at TU Graz
  • Attend seminars in the framework of the “Joint School” with international teaching staff and students from partner universities

Focus Areas

Geo-Engineering Courses:

  • Hydrogeology
  • Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • Advanced Rock Mechanics
  • Ground Profile Characterization
  • Numerical and Constitutive Modelling
  • Soil-structure Interaction
  • Soil Dynamics and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering

Water Management Courses:

  • Hydrogeology
  • Water Management
  • Modelling In Water Management
  • Hydrogeochemistry
  • Vulnerability, Hazard and Risk Assessment
  • Water Treatment and Artificial Recharge
  • Water Supply and Distribution
  • Monitoring Systems and GIS
Source: Kosoric
Students at the joint school
Source: Mihaljevic
Ivan Mihaljević, student of the
Joint Doctoral Programme in Geo-Engineering and Water Management

The Joint Doctoral Programme Geo-Engineering and Water Management gives me a great opportunity to go beyond the boundaries of a home doctoral study. Within this programme, I meet more people who work in my field and we can share knowledge amongst us. In the Joint Schools, we spent  4 weeks together and the cogs were really turning. Lab work and field trips showed us things we would hardly stumble upon ourselves. And last but not least, we had a great time with both colleagues and professors.

Source: Dmitrovic
Petra Kosoric, student of the
Joint Doctoral Programme in Geo-Engineering and Water Management

I like to participate in lectures on more than one faculty, as well as in different countries. It is always good to expand your horizons, to see how things work somewhere outside your country and town, in a different system. I am glad that I had the opportunity to learn and get to know new methods and technology, which I saw for the first time. The laboratory work was the most interesting part to me. All of the professors and colleagues also made the experience much more fun and interesting. Everyone I met was great and gave me a new perspective on some things.

Joint Schools

Twice a year – mostly in February and July – 2 week long Joint Schools take place at one of the partner universities. In addition to the development of scientific competences, the Joint Schools aim to encourage

  • scientific exchange,
  • cultural exchange as well as
  • contact with teaching staff and students of the partner universities.

Research projects

You can find information on research projects at the Doctoral School on the website of the Faculty of Civil Engineering in the research section.

Bildquelle: TU Graz

The next Joint Schools:

  • Vienna in the summer semester (SS) 2017

Joint School Vienna summer semester 2017

The Joint School in Vienna takes place from 3 to 14 July 2017.

Time tables

Course descriptions




Information and Advice

TU Graz

Head of the Joint Doctoral Programme Geo-Engineering and Water Management

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Phone: +43 316 873 7600
Dean of Studies for Civil Engineering and Business
Assoz.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn
Phone: +43 316 873 6700  

University of Zagreb

Tomislav IVŠIĆ

University of Maribor


Budapest University of Technology and Economics


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