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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

For the individual courses, please see the semester plan.

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, 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, the admission of graduates of the following bachelor’s programmes at TU Graz is granted without admission procedure:

Graduates of all other degree programmes at TU Graz – or in the case of a NAWI Graz programme, at the University of Graz – do not have to undergo the admission procedure either. They should register with the responsible representative at the Registration Office.

All other student applicants must complete an admission procedure.

Registration period for the academic year 2018/19:
15 October to 15 December 2017

Admission procedure

Regulations for the admission procedure

Admission Deadlines

Winter semester 2017/18:

10 July to 30 November 2017

Summer semester 2018:

8 January to 30 April 2018

Please note:
Before you can register for the programme, you might have to complete the admission procedure.

Further informationen on admission

International degree programme applicants: admission and application deadlines

Helmut Knoblauch, 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.

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 for playing 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.

Information and Advice for Prospective Students