Master's programme Environmental Sciences

The educational goals of the Master's programme in Environmental Sciences are aimed at scientific qualification, professional qualification, the ability to participate in society and the individual development of the personality. Depending on your focus, this will allow you to enter the professional world immediately, e.g. in the field of environmentally oriented management and systems analysis, or in the field of a research-oriented career.

The professional objectives are to enable students to design, conduct, evaluate and assess investigations and studies on environmental problems that exist or may arise in the context of human impact on the earth in the soil, water and air compartments, with the aim of avoiding or mitigating negative impacts. These activities are usually based on the transdisciplinary analysis of environmental science studies. Assessment and recommendations for action are made in the context of legal, social and political framework conditions.

Emphasis is placed on acquiring in-depth knowledge in two environmental compartments, choosing from a range of six specializations: Applied Hydrology and Waterbody Management, Atmosphere and Boundary Layer Processes, Biodiversity, Soil and Land Use Management, Environmental (Geo)Chemistry and Ecotoxicology, and Pollutant Monitoring and Modeling.

Cooperations with research institutions and companies enable you to closely relate to professional practice (e.g. Julius Kühn-Institut - Federal Research Institute for Cultivated Plants, Thünen-Institut , Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research).

Graduates of the Master's program in Environmental Sciences have a clear, individually distinctive profile. This results from the mastery of the core content of environmental science (Bachelor), and is supplemented and expanded by their individual focus and specialization (Master).

The wide-ranging education opens up a wide variety of fields of activity for graduates in the professional world, from landscape planning and engineering offices to private service companies, non-profit organizations and public administration. Graduates can contribute to societal development in their professional field that contributes to the improved understanding, conservation and regeneration of natural resources.