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Master's Degree Programme Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering

The only degree programme of its kind in Central Europe: In the English language master's programme Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering at TU Graz, you profit from a combination of two disciplines - geotechnical engineering and hydraulic engineering. You learn in a practical manner, participating in practice sessions in the laboratory and on-site, and taking part in field trips. For example, you pilot hydraulic projects in Austria’s largest water laboratory.


Students acquire a solid knowledge of geology, soil mechanics, foundation engineering, rock mechanics, tunnelling, hydraulics and structural hydraulic engineering.

Core areas

  • Students design, assess, monitor and create

    • foundations,
    • supporting structures,
    • natural and artificial scarps and slopes,
    • tunnels and underground structures,
    • dams and hydro power plants

  • They quantify soil, rock and hydraulic qualities.
  • They focus on the material behaviour of geomaterials.
  • They learn about catastrophe management and how to deal with natural hazards.

Students choose from one of the following specialisations:

  • Hydraulic engineering and water management
  • Soil mechanics and foundation engineering
  • Rock mechanics and tunnelling
Construction works in a tunnel. Photo source: Schubert - TU Graz
  • Duration of study: 4 Semester
  • ECTS credit points: 120
  • Academic degree: Diplom-Ingenieurin or Diplom-Ingenieur (Dipl.Ing. or DI), equivalent to the Master of Science (MSc)
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Admission requirements



Semester plan

Timetable: after selecting the relevant semester click on Timetable on the top right corner


Georg M. Ausweger, Student of the Master's Degree Programme of Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering at TU Graz. Photo source: Ausweger
Georg M. Ausweger, master's degree student in Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering

The tasks in our area are unique - in many different respects. To be able to solve them, you need solid specialist knowledge and the ability to apply an innovative approach. These fundamental aspects are taught well in the degree programme, and can even be applied by students during their internships, made possible by the teachers’ good connections to the industry.

Admission Requirements

According to the curriculum, graduates of the following bachelor’s programmes offered at TU Graz will be accepted without an admission procedure:

Graduates of all other degree programmes offered at the TU Graz or, in the case of a NAWI Graz programme, the University of Graz, also do not have to undergo the admission procedure. You can apply for admission at the Registration Office.

All other programme applicants must undergo the admission procedure.

Registration period for the academic year 2020/21: 15 October to 15 December 2019

More about the admission procedure

Regulations for the admission procedure

Career Options

Geotechnical and hydraulic engineers play an important part in the design, assessment, and construction of infrastructure. They are in great demand in the employment market and are known to play an important role in complex building projects.

Graduates work nationally and internationally

  • in engineering offices,
  • at firms specialising in underground engineering,
  • for developers,
  • at universities, and
  • for state property developers.

Admission Deadlines

Summer semester 2020:

7 January to 30 June 2020

Winter semester 2020/21:

13 July to 30 November 2020

Please note: You may need to complete an admission procedure before you can register for the programme.

Further informationen on admission

International degree programme applicants: admission and application deadlines

Dean of Studies Helmut Knoblauch, Master's Degree Programme of Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering at TU Graz. Photo source. Knoll
Dean of Studies Helmut Knoblauch

It is not only the specialist knowledge that you acquire but also the personal contact to teachers that makes this degree stand out. Students are taught in small groups by internationally recognised experts, who ensure that the information is understood. The applicability of the information taught makes it possible for students to start a successful career directly after graduating.

Information and Advice for Prospective Students