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Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

Infrastructure Management – Water and Traffic

The “Master’s program in Infrastructure Management – Water and Traffic” focuses on furthering student knowledge of traffic and water management as well as on interdisciplinary topics to reinforce student management expertise.

After the 2020 summer semester, the Structural Engineering department will offer the newly developed consecutive Master’s program in “Infrastructure Management – Water and Traffic,” which will confer a Master of Engineering after three semesters of study.

Managing climate change will be the most important task facing future generations. Current focal areas in traffic management (smart mobility, sharing concepts, promoting environmental alliances, environmentally-friendly engine technologies, solar and thermal energy in street construction, effects of climate change on street construction, ...) and water management (lack of water in waterways, effects of drought on waterway quality, heavy rain and flooding, flood management, adjusting rain, contaminant and drinking water management to changing water levels, digitization of water management, ...) clearly indicate that structural engineering will become more important in the future. Demographic changes and the digitization of all areas of life represent fundamental revolutions. At the same time, however, they also offer great opportunities for mastering the challenges of the future.

Because of this, efficiency is being optimized more and more – for instance by using geo-information systems (GIS) and building information modeling (BIM) – as different (technical) disciplines are networked together, in particular in the water and traffic areas, to take a more comprehensive approach to problems. Because of this, the Master's degree curriculum both reinforces basic knowledge from the Bachelor's program and focuses specifically on networking these two professional disciplines (project work across 8 SWS).

Because of this and because of the high level of social responsibility involved – especially in water and traffic management – complex infrastructure projects are becoming more and more important. Beyond classic structural engineering, further areas of expertise are becoming more and more important, and are included in the Master’s program curriculum, such as project management, green controlling in construction, environmental, planning and administrative law and handling human resources. In addition, the program teaches presentation skills in English.

By networking engineering expertise in the water and traffic areas with management competence, the Master’s program is optimal preparation for management positions both in the construction industry and in construction administration.


Graduates will be qualified for research, development and management positions in the construction-specific areas of water and traffic, as well as management expertise.

  • Option to complete a Ph.D. or enter senior civil service by taking the second state examination
  • Management positions in the construction industry, and in either the private or public sector
  • Entry-level careers in research and development


The Master’s program in “Infrastructure Management – Water and Traffic” teaches students both the professional expertise and methodological competence they need, as well as supplementary knowledge from other specialist disciplines. The requirements and changes currently occurring in the world of work are taken into consideration, such as increased management expertise. Basic knowledge from the water and traffic areas is combined with requirements from the increasingly networked and complex professional world. These fields are requiring more and more information for everyday practice, which is why students study economics, law and foreign languages (English).

In doing so, graduates become qualified for research, development and management duties in construction companies. Students also learn more about their responsibility part of a community. This approach is intended to help graduates understand their political and cultural role in their professional lives, and their associated responsibility towards society.

The Master’s program includes extensive project work on current challenges for traffic spaces and traffic and residential water management systems in light of demographic shifts, climate change and the energy revolution. This involves, in particular, independently addressing a topic in small groups of students, which provides participants both expertise on certain content and further key qualifications.

Entry requirements

Bachelor’s or graduate degree


  • Traffic management
  • water management
  • law


The three-semester degree program offers advanced traffic and water management modules during the summer semester, supplemented by a specialist BIM module, while projects are completed during the winter semester, and students can choose from multiple modules from the management context. Legal modules and an English module are also offered during the first two semesters. Students complete their Master's thesis during the third semester.


Topics: Construct and Design, Management, Engineering sciences
Start: Summer semester, Winter semester
Duration: 3 semester
Credit points: 90 ECTS
Mode of study: Full-time
Acceptance: Non-restricted
Dual study program: Not possible
Location: Detmold
Department: Civil Engineering
Course language: German
Foreign semester: Optional
Accredited by: ASIIN e.V.
Preparatory course: no
Chamber ability: Yes

Application Period

Germany and EU Countries
Winter Semester: 01.04. – 31.08.
Summer Semester: 17.11. – 15.02.
Non-EU Countries
Winter Semester: 01.04. – 31.07.
Summer Semester: 17.11. – 25.01.

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