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Doctoral Degree Programme in Integrated Management of Water, Soil and Waste (EN)

Considering that the theme of the joint Doctoral programme is new and unique in the academic world, prospective students are expected to come from a variety of backgrounds. To ensure that the students have an evenly-matched starting point, and also to introduce the basic concepts of the nexus of water, soil and waste, the programme comprises 35 course credits in addition to 175 dissertation credits. This total of 210 credits spans over 7 semesters. The credits are defined in terms of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All coursework is science-based and all courses require basic knowledge in physics, chemistry and mathematics at undergraduate level. In addition, the courses will also require basic knowledge in social sciences. In line with UNU-FLORES´ research agenda, research topics for dissertations will be focused on solving current challenges related to the nexus of water, soil and waste. Courses will be offered by academic staff at both universities. Doctoral dissertations will also be co-supervised by advisors from both universities.

The Doctoral programme includes mandatory and elective courses. The courses can further be categorized into thematic courses (to be taken in the first and second semester) and methodological courses. In addition, students have the opportunity to take courses at the recently established Graduate Academy of TUD. Courses and workshops offered in the framework of the Graduate Academy are of short duration (typically 1-2 days) and without credits. Students devote the first semester to learning the basic concepts of the nexus of water, soil and waste as well as important aspects of governance and capacity development. The Doctoral students will also start working on their research topics during the first semester. Half of the second semester is again course- based while the other half is devoted to the preparation of the final dissertation proposal and its defense. In agreement with the Dissertation Supervisor, Doctoral students are allowed to choose additional courses focusing on specific skills required for their research topics. However, these courses will not be counted towards the grades. From the third semester onwards, Doctoral candidates will concentrate fully on their research topic.


October 2014 for a duration of 42 Months. English is the working language.

Applicants are required to have basic knowledge in undergraduate level physics, chemistry and mathematics with a Bachelor?s degree in one of the following fields:
– Engineering;
– Natural Sciences;
– Social sciences; or
– Other closely related field.
All applicants are also required to have a research-based Master´s degree in environmental resource management. Experience related to the nexus of water, soil and waste or environmental resource management will be considered an asset. Since the programme is offered in English, applicants have to demonstrate proficiency in English. Recognized tests are:
– IELTS: required level 7.0
– TOEFL: required level for paper based test 600 points, internet based test 100 points.

If you meet the requirements stated above, please send the following documents not later than 15 June 2014:
– Filled application form (downloadable at and http://www.tu-
– University degree certificates (Bachelor?s and Master?s) and transcripts (or mark sheets);
– Certificate demonstrating proficiency in English (see section above);
– Curriculum Vitae;
– Letter of Motivation;
– Two letters of reference.
All inquiries about the Doctoral Programme can be addressed to:

Technische Universität Dresden
01069 Dresden

Fakultät / Institut
United Nations University & Technische Universitaet Dresden [br]Faculty of Environmental Sciences at TUD

Herr Dr. Hiroshan Hettiarachichi

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