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This postgraduate MSc Program is the result of the cooperation between the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the TU Wien. Over the last few years the importance of environmental issues and discussions has been increased on a local, regional and global level. Read more
This postgraduate MSc Program is the result of the cooperation between the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the TU Wien. Over the last few years the importance of environmental issues and discussions has been increased on a local, regional and global level. This puts new and increased demands on people being confronted with the political, juridical, technical as well as economic side of environmental questions.

The Master Program offers a solid base and enables graduates to deal with challenges in this field. Environmental issues have also become increasingly important and prominent in the field of project management. Also representatives of ministries and international organizations and NGO'S have to deal more and more with environmental questions. This MSc Program is designed to prepare the graduates to deal with international issues.

The combination of studying technical as well as international environmental issues and topics will prepare graduates either for a career as managers, engineers, politicians and diplomats or for employees in top positions who need to assess rationally and who take active part in realising, implementing and managing new standards.

Contents
The most important local, regional and global environmental topics will be analyzed from a juridical, economical, political and technical point of view. The Master program is intended to
familiarize post graduates with a wide range of various topics and subjects in order to be able to
deal with all aspects of environmental issues.

The focus of technical issues is the quality management of air and water, the management of resources and energy as well as all issues regarding climate and its development.
Additional subjects deal with and summon environmental policies, economical topics, and questions as well as legal issues.

Political Science and International Relation
International and European Law
International Economics
Contemporary History
Optional Courses
General Topics and Seminars in Environmental Technology
Surveillance and Sustainable Development
Air, Water and Waste
Environment and Technology
Master Thesis
Target Group

This MSc Program is intended on one hand for engineers wanting additional knowledge and education and on the other hand for people with an academic background venturing into this field.

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The Master Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy (SEEP) is an innovative, internationally unique program that equips participants with the necessary theoretical background and factual information about the interconnected dynamics of economic and social systems and the physical environment. Read more
The Master Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy (SEEP) is an innovative, internationally unique program that equips participants with the necessary theoretical background and factual information about the interconnected dynamics of economic and social systems and the physical environment. The program also enables participants to use appropriate analytical tools to engage in decision processes and longer-term policy on multiple spatial levels.

Visit the website: https://www.wu.ac.at/en/programs/masters-programs/socio-ecological-economics-and-policy/overview/

Course detail

Rapid environmental change, population dynamics, poverty, and exclusion are interrelated processes that challenge human development. To tackle these complex issues, traditional disciplinary approaches to analysis and policy formulation are not sufficient. Instead, integrated and interdisciplinary approaches to studying the working of the human-environment system are needed. The Master Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy presents integrated approaches to development and human well-being that go beyond the usual polarization between socioeconomic development and environmental goals.

Purpose

The program offers training in socioeconomic analysis and focuses on the interfaces between environmental, economic and social challenges. This interdisciplinary and internationally oriented approach is based on three major pillars: theory, methodology, and application. The theory courses include concepts from a variety of disciplines, chosen for their relevance to global challenges. The methodological courses offer an integrated introduction to qualitative and quantitative methods and thus illustrate how they are best combined in empirical analyses. Relevance for policy making and organizational practice is emphasized throughout the program.

Our main focus lies on providing a thorough internationalization at the home university by attracting a diverse set of students from all over the world. The “international classroom at home” thus created is meant to allow students to experience foreign (academic) cultures, languages (especially English), and an international renowed faculty without having to leave the campus.

Format

The program offers four concentration areas of which you can choose two: Environment, Population, Multi-Level Policy and Social Policy.

- Semester 1 -

- Contemporary Global Policy Challenges
- Methodology for Interdisciplinary Research
- Growth, Well-Being, and Development
- International Institution, Governance, and Policy Evaluation
- Service Learning 1

- Semester 2 -

- Actors, Behaviors, and Decision Processes
- Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
- Service Learning 2

Concentration Area 1 and 2 – choice of two:

- Environment
- Population
- Multi-Level Policy
- Social Policy

- Semester 3 -

- Qualitative and Quantitative Methods 2

Concentration Area 1 and 2 – continuing the chosen two areas from 2nd semester:

- Environment
- Population
- Multi-Level Policy
- Social Policy

- Semester 4 -

- Research Seminar
- Master Thesis

Career Prospects

The program has been designed to provide students with the necessary understanding of global sustainability issues, an ability to work in interdisciplinary teams, and sound training in socio-economic concepts and methods.

The MSc program prepares graduates for:

- Employment as policy analysts, program managers, consultants, civil servants, project managers, and advisors who provide an insight into and support decision processes relating to sustainability issues by, for example, undertaking risk and uncertainty analyses in the social and environmental sectors; analyzing long-term developments relating to climate change, population development or aging in society; undertaking sustainability appraisals at company, regional or policy levels; helping design social, environmental, economic or educational policies; designing and facilitating participatory processes

- Working in international organizations, consultancies, companies, ministries, national and international NGOs, and research institutes where interdisciplinary skills and knowledge about the interactions of sustainability issues are needed

- Doctoral studies in the social sciences, in particular in economics, social policy, environmental studies and demography

How to apply: https://www.wu.ac.at/en/programs/masters-programs/socio-ecological-economics-and-policy/application-admission/

Funding

Information on funding and scholarships can be found at the following webpage: https://www.wu.ac.at/en/students/my-degree-program/masters-student-guide/grants-and-scholarships/

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The Universe of Human Rights. We aim at providing you with the scientific knowledge and the practical skills to work as a human rights expert in different professional environments. Read more
The Universe of Human Rights

Aims and objectives

We aim at providing you with the scientific knowledge and the practical skills to work as a human rights expert in different professional environments.

Target group

We welcome students with at least a bachelor degree in a broad variety of academic disciplines from all world regions, with an open mind, empathy for human beings and a strong interest to experience the fascinating world of human rights.

Modules

We offer an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to human rights, with a strong emphasis on practice. We keep the class size small in order to provide you with the best possible support, so you can get the most out of the programme. Your interests are taken very seriously – you have the opportunity to determine certain contents of your courses.

Semester overview
Semester 1: Courses introducing human rights, its mechanisms and its interdisciplinarity
Semester 2: Courses focusing on specific human rights and specific groups
Semester 3: Internship / research placement
Semester 4: Simulation of a human rights body's session and thesis writing

Overview of the Modules
a) Introduction to Human Rights from an Interdisciplinary Perspective (7 ECTS)
b) International and Regional Human Rights Systems (16 ECTS)
c) Current Human Rights Issues from an Interdisciplinary Perspective (21 ECTS)
d) Selected Human Rights and Human Rights of Specific Groups (10 ECTS)
e) Practical Human Rights Skills (6 ECTS)
f) Scientific Competence (5 ECTS)
g) Internship Related Courses (30 ECTS)

A detailed desription of the Modules is available here:
http://www.postgraduatecenter.at/en/programs/international-affairs-business/human-rights/curriculum/modules/

Our philosophy

As equal members of the interdisciplinary Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights, staff and students of the University of Vienna we welcome all academic disciplines and all cultures.

We are dedicated to supporting and maintaining a community in which the universal principles of human rights are shared through the common enterprise of intellectual curiosity and research as well as of the translation of the acquired knowledge into action for the betterment of the human rights situation.

Spirit and Culture of the Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights
We strive for a sense of community in which the individual growth of all members is advanced through the cultivation of mutual respect, tolerance, and understanding.
The Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights values and encourages individuality while also affirming the community dimensions of academic life. Our human rights community shall provide a structure within which individual freedoms may flourish without threatening the freedoms of other fellow students, teaching staff and the academic management team of this Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights.
The Master Programme is committed to honest, open, and equitable engagement with all, while respecting differences in religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, abilities and needs among others. We seek to promote an academic and social environment that in its diversity is integral to the educational purposes of the institution, by engaging in team building exercises, study trips and workshops while cultivating an open culture of communication.

Faculty

We offer you a broad variety of courses taught by university professors and academic lecturers from various disciplines as well as human rights practitioners working in international organisations, human rights institutes, the corporate sector, development agencies and civil society organisations.

Field trip

We provide you with an enlightening and memorable field experience in the post-conflict situation in Kosovo, where the UN, the OSCE, the EU, NATO and other international organisations are jointly operating an international administration with a strong human rights mandate. The trip will last for one week where you stay with a local family and get the opportunity to have lively discussions about Kosovo's human rights issues with international actors, national human rights institutions, NGOs, media, universities and politicians.

Job opportunities

We will train you for a career as a human rights expert to be employed by governments, international organisations, development agencies, business corporations, research institutes and civil society organisations. You might work as an election observer, officer for human rights monitoring and capacity building in the field, diplomat, trainer, mediator, consultant, researcher etc.

Vienna

- The Vibrant Heart of Europe

Not only is Vienna well known as the world city with the highest quality of life, but situated in the heart of Europe, it lies at the cross-roads of different cultures. People from all over the world come to Vienna to meet, to enjoy its charm and the sound of music, to study, to dance, to hold peace congresses and attend scientific conferences.

Many international organizations and agencies, including the United Nations, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union, have chosen to be hosted in Vienna. After the end of the Cold War, the Vienna World Conference on Human Rights in 1993 laid the ground for the current human rights architecture of the United Nations. Combining tradition and modernity, arts and science, work and leisure, Vienna provides the ideal international environment to spend two unforgettable years studying the art of human rights. More information on Vienna is available here:
https://www.wien.info/en

Application Deadlines 26 February 2017 / 26 March 2017 / 30 April 2017 / Open Round
For more information please visit our website on http://humanrights.univie.ac.at

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Why study at MODUL University Vienna. MODUL University Vienna (MU) is an international university located on ’’Kahlenberg“, a scenic hill located in the Vienna Woods with a spectacular view over the capital of Austria. Read more
Why study at MODUL University Vienna

MODUL University Vienna (MU) is an international university located on ’’Kahlenberg“, a scenic hill located in the Vienna Woods with a spectacular view over the capital of Austria. MU follows an integrated sustainability approach with the objective to balance the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Committing to the motto ‘’live what you teach“, sustainability represents an integral part of the curriculum and research agenda, embracing the urgent need for development strategies to ensure the welfare of future generations. Additionally, MU operates in a manner that minimizes environmental risk and adverse effects on the environment.

Program Focus

The MSc in Sustainable Development, Policy and Management is a two-year, full-time program taught entirely in English which prepares students for a career in the private, public, or research sector in areas such as environmental management, corporate social responsibility, and social entrepreneurship. Accredited by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), the program challenges students to understand theories and design policies which enable today’s societies to tackle global challenges such as economic inequality among regions and climate change. Typically, the program’s students are also involved in the organization of MU’s ongoing sustainability activities (such as the annual sustainability week or the university’s sustainability committee) to get hands-on experience in implementing sustainable practices and raising awareness among the university community. Students will gain expertise in understanding the management of private-public partnerships, formulating green business strategies, and designing environmental management and corporate social responsibility policies. Nowadays, these skills are highly sought after by companies in various industries that deal with sustainability-related projects, which typically employ graduates as:
• Project managers/consultants in environmental services or green business
• Researchers and lecturers for environmental services or green business strategies
• Corporate social responsibility managers/consultants

Career Opportunities

After graduation, MODUL University’s Career Center (http://www.modulcareer.at) supports alumni in their career path. Master graduates begin their professional lives in positions such as project managers in environmental services at non-profit organizations such as the Vienna Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as researchers in environmental services at the Mercator Research Institute in Berlin, or return to their home country and work with local or national authorities that aim to design and implement sustainable development policies. Additionally, MU has close ties to organizations such as the United Nations, The Hub Vienna, and The Grameen Bank.

The Ideal MSc Student

Students enrolled in the MSc in Sustainable Development, Policy and Management come from all over the world. The program typically has a 90% international student population and class sizes of maximum 10-15 students. This intimate and multicultural study environment provides an interactive in-class experience which encourages students to engage in discussions and to share their personal views on sustainable development examples from their home countries. Additionally, an overall 1:5 faculty:student ratio guarantees that faculty members know their students on a first name basis. The ideal MSc candidate has obtained an undergraduate degree (from a university or a university of applied sciences) in social sciences, economics and business administration, life sciences, or environmental management, wants to continue with a research-based university degree with a possible doctorate afterwards, and has a genuine interest in incorporating sustainable development policies in today’s society to make the world a better place for everyone. For more details on the curriculum, the program’s faculty, and the admission criteria visit http://www.modul.ac.at or contact our Admissions Office ().

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