Students must train professionally to be allowed to write up their Master thesis, and to acquire the Master degree.
Regulations pertaining to professional training and other important information can be accessed here online.
Through external professional training,
upcoming environmental engineers should familiarise themselves with
problem-solving for their future career, and experience under which conditions
– technical, planning, administrative, economic and social – environmental
friendly and reasonable engineering solutions and be worked out in practice.
The compulsory professional training lasts for at least 12 weeks and, if possible, it should be carried out in one block. This training must be completed during the third semester, or during the lecture-free period before or after the third semester. During the compulsory professional training, each student is assisted by a professor whom he/she chooses. Students write up a report on their professional training.
In accordance with Art. 37, Para. 1 of the Programme Regulations for the Master Programme, professional training can only be completed during the given period. For compelling reasons, the Director of Studies can approve exceptions before the training has been completed. By ‘compelling reasons’ it is understood that the given circumstances could not have been avoided even with careful preparation before commencing the training. Normally, this involves students either being ill or having had an accident, or other acute circumstances which are beyond the students’ control. Given a compelling reason, the training can be postponed to a later date.
It is not possible to have other previously accomplished periods of training recognised.
Students can consult the professional training register (in German only) for companies offering professional training positions. The companies listed include environmental offices, engineering and planning offices, industry, the public sector, federal, cantonal and municipal offices, research institutes, nature and environmental organisations, and others.
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