The only degree program of its kind in Central Europe: In the English language master's program Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering at 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.


Students acquire a solid knowledge of geology, soil mechanics, foundation engineering, rock mechanics, tunneling, hydraulics and structural hydraulic engineering.

Core areas

  • Students design, assess, monitor and create
  • foundations,
  • supporting structures,
  • natural and artificial scarps and slopes,
  • tunnels and underground structures,
  • dams and hydropower plants
  • They quantify soil, rock, and hydraulic qualities.
  • They focus on the material behavior of geomaterials.
  • They learn about catastrophe management and how to deal with natural hazards.

Students choose from one of the following specializations:

  • Hydraulic engineering and water management
  • Soil mechanics and foundation engineering
  • Rock mechanics and tunneling

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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 for playing an important role in complex building projects.

Graduates work nationally and internationally

  • in engineering offices,
  • at firms specializing in underground engineering,
  • for developers,
  • at universities and
  • for state property developers.
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Oct 2019
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