Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering

Graz University of Technology (TU Graz)

24 months
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Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering deal with all of what are known as “difficult foundations”, i.e. with buildings and structures that are erected on special foundations.At GGraz University of Technology (TU Graz) students are primarily occupied with structures and their relationship with the Earth’s surface and below.

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The only degree programme of its kind in Central Europe: In the English language master's programme Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering at Graz University of Technology (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.

They always draw on geological and general hydraulic conditions. Outstanding infrastructure, such as Austria’s biggest water laboratory for hydraulic model tests, facilitates practically oriented teaching and learning.

Areas of special focus:

  • Designing, measuring, creating and monitoring foundations, supporting structures, natural and artificial slopes and banks, tunnels and underground structures, dams and hydro-electric power stations
  • Quantifying soil, rock and hydraulic properties
  • Material behaviour of geomaterials
  • Disaster management and managing natural hazards.

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Engineering Geological Investigation
  • Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering
  • Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Hydraulics
  • Finite Element Method
  • Geotechnical Monitoring
  • Petrology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
95 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

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

  • Civil Engineering and Construction Management
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. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • 363.36 Euro in the general admission period
  • 399.70 Euro in the additional admission period
  • 726.72 Euro for non-EU foreign nationals


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