Programme Details

Students and applicants can find detailed information about the study programme here. Please also refer to the attached pdf's to find full descriptions of the curriculum and modules.

Programme Objective

The specialization in Water Engineering & Management focuses on the behaviour and management of water systems (e.g. rivers & lakes, ground water or coastal & marine areas) and gives you an understanding of the physical and socio-economic aspects of water management.

On the one hand you will become familiar with a variety of tools for analysing long-term behaviour and for evaluating the impact of human interventions on various functions of different water systems and on the other hand the specialization also looks at the management and decision-making process.


The  “Master of Science in Management and Engineering in Water" (MME-Water)  is an interdisciplinary programme conducted by two European universities, well-reputed in their specific fields. The German RWTH Aachen University and the Dutch Maastricht School of Management with a worldwide reputation for its programmes in business and management teaching.

The programme comprises two semesters of lectures, exercises and practical courses in engineering at the RWTH Aachen University along with an eighteen-week management training at the Maastricht School of Management (MSM) in the Netherlands:

  • The engineering part focuses on topics of water management, water resources and related topics. It provides in-depth knowledge and understanding in these fields.

  • During the management training at MSM, students are trained in small-groups to solve problems related to global transformation and sustainable competitiveness, organization development, and international project management. In addition, the RWTH School of Business and Economics contributes three management modules during the first year in Aachen.

The final master thesis is an independent, pre-defined scientific project to be completed in a fixed period of four months and can be written either at the RWTH Aachen University or the Maastricht School of Management. The master thesis is generally concluded by an oral presentation.

Tentative curriculum, October 2015 - changes might still occur!

Students have to complete the following course elements as part of their master studies:

  • Compulsory courses – Engineering (at RWTH Aachen)

  • Compulsory courses – Management (at RWTH Aachen and Maastricht School of Management)

  • Elective courses - Engineering (at RWTH Aachen University)

  • Master’s defense colloquium

  • Masterthesis

Study in Two Countries!

Engineering & Management at RWTH Aachen University, Germany

The Engineering part of the programme will be conducted by the faculty of Civil Engineering of the RWTH Aachen University. This faculty sees its prior mission in training high qualified and responsible engineers in the broad field of Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering, including Water Engineering, for future leading positions in industry and society. Students will be trained by highly reputed professors to acquire further expertise and in-depth knowledge in the water management sector.

Head of the academic administration is Prof. Dr.-Ing. Pinnekamp. Since 2004 he is principal of the Institute for Urban Water Management at RWTH Aachen. He is also executive board member of several important organizations in the German water sector and holds a guest professorship at Sichuan University in China.

The Strategy and Innovation Management will be trained by highly reputed professors from the School of Business and Economics. The courses of this AACSB Accreditation awarded faculty will be conducted by Professor Brettel and Professor Piller. Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Brettel is Professor for Business Administration and Entrepreneurship at RWTH Aachen and has extensive practical experience as a consultant, both for his start-up firms and for established companies like Porsche AG and Deutsche Post AG. Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Piller is head of the Technology and Innovation Management Group at RWTH Aachen University. He has worked at the MIT Sloan School of Management and furthermore as a consultant and delivered executive workshops for many international companies, including several DAX30 and Fortune 500 corporations.

Management at Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands

Maastricht School of Management contributes the business-related component to this programme. Students will be trained as a globally-oriented manager with solid knowledge of the core management processes and with understanding of the major social and environmental issues that set the scene for business processes in emerging economies. Throughout the programme, students will be challenged to explore feasible innovations that balance business and development perspectives.

Curricula and Module Handbooks

will be updated soon



Last updated date

Nov 19 2015 - 11:15am