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About the Program

The program is a 2-year master program leading to a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences. During these two years, the students will learn about the approaches to environmental sciences from a natural science and a social science perspective. Almost all courses are specially designed for this program, teaching is in English throughout. The international student group is mirrored by the international experiences of the lecturers and the close collaboration with lecturers from Duquesne University in environmental law and management. During the entire study program a high-quality educational standard is ensured by small course sizes and strong direct interactions with the teachers.

Program Structure

The two-year program (4 terms) is structured in three phases: In the first phase (1st and 2nd term), the basic (inter-)disciplinary knowledge is the main focus in order to allow students with different backgrounds to obtain equal grounds in the different aspects of environmental sciences. Therefore, these first two terms mainly comprise mandatory courses, which cover 60 ECTS points in total. In the 3rd term, students will concentrate on the optional part of the curriculum. A wide variety of elective courses and project oriented research will be offered in each of the key areas of the program to meet the interests of the students. In the forth 4th term, the students will work on their master's theses, a 6-months research project in one of the research groups involved in IMES.

In our module handbook you will find more detailed information on the respective courses. Please note that the names and availability of the courses may change depending on the circumstances every year.

Teaching and Assessment

The program consists of lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory sessions, excursions and projects. A mixture of assessment modes will be used: written and oral examinations, longer term papers, and field and laboratory exercises. The program is modularized and assessed according to the European credit transfer system (ECTS) standard. The teaching and examination language is English.

What is Expected

Students should be motivated to understand, measure and monitor earth's environmental systems. Students should be willing to invest time and effort on how to predict, manage and respond to new environmental changes.