Requirements for joining TropHEE

Carefully check, if the content of the TropHEE master's course fits into your academic background and your professional career wishes. You should be interested in geosciences and should have already been in touch with geological subjects and information. The major focus of the TropHEE program is on water and related environmental and technical issues, viewed from a strong geoscientific perspective. Engineering geology and civil engineering is only marginally taught in this context.

For detailed information on the content of the course please check the “Study Information” text and the “Module Handbook” on our Download page.

Although there are little additional costs (enrolment fee of around 270 € / per semester), you have to pay for all expenses of your travel to Germany, your residence and arrangements in Germany, and for the obligatory field courses. See Costs.

There are also some formal requirements: Applicants are required to prove geoscientific or civil engineering competences, or competences in a related subject on at least Bachelor level, as documented through a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering degree or a comparable examination. The TropHEE Examination Board decides on the equivalency of the degrees. In individual cases the TropHEE Examination Board may request interviews or tests to assess the eligibility of candidates, or impose other additional requirements.

Candidates must also provide proof of English language proficiency in form of a certificate (UNICERT III, TOEFL (PBT 570, CBT 230, iBT 88), IELTS 6.5 or CAE (Grade C1)). For winter semester 2020/21, also the alternative language certificates TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and IELTS Indicator will be accepted.

English language proficiency is regarded as proven if your previous degree (e.g. Bachelor) was taught entirely in English. The students do not need to provide proof of fluency in German, although they are encouraged to participate in language courses offered by the language centre of TU Darmstadt.

If you need any further advice on whether the TropHEE course might be suitable for you or not please fill out the following questionnaire and send it to the TropHEE office at :

TropHEE Questionnaire