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Master in Environmental Sciences (M.Sc.)


Course Description

About the Program

In order to cover the need for environmental specialists, the program "Master of Science in Environmental Sciences" at the University of Koblenz-Landau (Landau Campus) provides a research-oriented, unique blend in the core disciplines of natural sciences (including environmental chemistry, landscape and applied ecology) complemented by selected aspects of social sciences such as environmental economics. You can acquire advanced methodical skills, a profound understanding of environmental problems across different scales from molecules to landscapes, and the capacity to develop solutions for these complex, interdisciplinary problems. The job-related training in soft skills (e.g. oral and written presentation) and the experience in interdisciplinary teamwork will enable you to efficiently communicate findings and solutions to scientists and the public.

The master's program in Environmental Sciences is offered by the Institute for Environmental Sciences. Find out more about the structure of the institute under: https://www.uni-koblenz-landau.de/en/campus-landau/faculty7/environmental-sciences/environmental-sciences

Program Structure

All students take the six required modules (Compulsory part). Afterwards, students personalize the program by choosing two of the eight Specialty Areas and completing four modules in each, with an additional module of their choice. An external internship and the Master Thesis with colloquium round out the 4-semester program. The 6-week internship can be performed at an external university or governmental or industrial research institute in Germany or abroad.

Specialty Areas

Environmental Analysis
Applied Ecology
Socioeconomics & Environmental Management
Aquatic Systems
Soil Systems
Landscapes & Scales
Modeling
Chemicals in the Environment

You can also find more information and an overview of the module structures per each semester under:
https://www.uni-koblenz-landau.de/en/campus-landau/faculty7/info-prospective-students/master-environmental-sciences

Employment outlook

Due to the interdisciplinary structure and individual choices of the Master of Environmental Sciences program, graduates have many employment opportunities in environmental research and management in Germany and beyond.

Potential Employment Areas:
Research institutes
Industry and environmental consulting firms
Planning and engineering companies
Government, public relations, environmental education
Professional organizations and societies, foundations, NGOs, political organizations
Environmental protection and conservation, media and publishers
The degree also qualifies students for acceptance into doctoral programs.

“The Environmental Sciences Program in Landau is varied. You are exposed to information from all the natural sciences that, for me personally, was fun and very interesting. This interdisciplinarity is a huge advantage for a scientific career. As a polar researcher, the training has helped me to quickly adapt to new environments and take on new challenges daily.” Christian Wolf (Graduate, doctoral student at Alfred-Wegener-Institute)

Internationally Networked

The Institute for Environmental Sciences is globally connected through international research projects and student exchange programs. The international nature of the Program is achieved through numerous international research and teaching staff, regular seminars from guest lecturers from abroad, and possible internships all over the world.

You can find a map which displays the locations of our cooperation partners worldwide under:
https://www.uni-koblenz-landau.de/en/campus-landau/faculty7/info-prospective-students/master-environmental-sciences/international-network

Visit the Master in Environmental Sciences (M.Sc.) page on the Universität Koblenz-Landau website for more details!

Videos
(Student Profile)

Eline Tilgale

3984.jpg My name is Eline Tilgale from Latvia and I am currently studying at Koblenz- Landau University in the Environmental Science Master programme.
The Master programme in Environmental Science offers a wide range of topics in multiple environmental and natural science disciplines that, for me personally, is fun and a very interesting way to gain new knowledge in interdisciplinary fields and in a multicultural learning environment.
Moreover, for a successful start at the university, the University Welcome Center was there to help me to deal with the administrative steps in the beginning by arranging a mentor.
The city of Landau may be small but the city has a charm of its own with friendly people and beautiful nature surrounding the city. As an international student in Landau, you will find yourself always on a move, the university is easily accessible and there are often many events going on both at university and city. Just a 30 minutes train ride away you can reach France or other near cities, or you can just go for a walk and find yourself wandering around in the majestic Rhineland-Palatinate forest.

(Student Profile)

Rufat Nuriyev

3985.jpg My name is Rufat. I am from Azerbaijan. I am doing my Master’s degree at University of Koblenz-Landau. I have chosen the Environmental Sciences program because of its flexibility. Students may decide which modules and when to take. They can combine two different specializations. In my case I am combining two directions: economics and applied ecology.

There are two campuses of the university. My campus is located in Landau in der Pfalz. It is possible to rent a room in one of the student halls in Landau. The student halls are close to the university so students do not have to use the public transport. Some of international students prefer a shared accommodation to find new friends and practice their language.

Before arriving in Landau it seemed to be difficult to do all the paper work and go through the organizational issues. Fortunately, there is a group of students who are already studying in Landau. They help new international students to easily go through the issues.

Student life in Landau is very interesting because of many events arranged for international students. The university also provides foreign language classes for free so every international student can learn a new language. Students enjoy the mild weather and taste some local food and wine when they have free time.

I like traveling and the location of Landau provides a nice opportunity for it. Students can easily reach other countries such as France, Switzerland, Luxembourg by a bus.

I have got to know new people and traditions from around the world.

I am sure that I have made the right decision.

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(Scholarship)

Successful Start Scholarship - 6 Awards

The International Office is able to provide limited financial support for international students within the frame of the Profil³-Project. The primary aim of this scholarship is to support qualified international students financially during their first semester at the University of Koblenz-Landau so that they can settle in and get used to living and studying in Germany.Value of the scholarship
• 400 Euro per monthScholarship period
• Period of support: maximum of 6 monthsStart of scholarship payments
The payment order of the monthly scholarship instalments will be issued after the successful applicant has enrolled at the University of Koblenz-Landau after his/her arrival in Koblenz/Landau and has handed in an enrolment certificate to the Welcome Center of the relevant campus.

Value of Scholarship(s)

400 Euro/month for the first 6 months of studying

Eligibility

Applications are accepted from applicants who…
• are not of German nationality,
• are accepted at University of Koblenz-Landau for one of the following international master’s programs:
M.Sc. Ecotoxicology (Landau)
M.Sc. Environmental Sciences (Landau)
M.Sc. Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems (Koblenz)
M.Sc. Web Science (Koblenz)
• have achieved very good grades (GPA of 1.9 or better) in their previous studies
• need financial support

Application Procedure

In order to apply, please hand in the following application documents:
• Properly completed, printed and signed application form
• Copy of the Letter of Admission at University of Koblenz-Landau for winter semester 2016/17
• CV (max. 2 pages)
• Copy of passport or identity cardAdditional documents which applicants might want to hand in to support their application:
• Any relevant document which shows your social situation, e.g. certified copies (and their translations if applicable) of marriage certificates or birth certificate(s) of your child(ren) in German or English.

Further Information

https://www.uni-koblenz-landau.de/en/international-en/incomings/scholarship/weco-scholarship


(Scholarship)

Partnership Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The International Relations Office is able to provide limited financial support for international students from partner universities (European and non-European). The primary aim of this scholarship is to support qualified international students from our partner universities financially during their first semester at the University of Koblenz-Landau so that they can settle in and get used to living and studying in Germany.Application Deadline:
Ongoing (the scholarship is given on the "first come, first served" basis)Scholarship details:
Scholarship amount: 500 Euros per month
Scholarship duration: 5 to 6 monthsStart of scholarship payments:
The payment order of the monthly scholarship instalments will be issued after the successful applicant has enrolled at the University of Koblenz-Landau after his/her arrival in Koblenz/Landau and has handed in an enrolment certificate to the International Relations Office.
Applications are NOT accepted from students who…
- are exchange students or short-term students at University of Koblenz-Landau
- are not from our partner universities
- are registered only to acquire an academic certificate but not a full degree qualification
- are of German nationality or who have completed their higher education entrance qualification or their under-graduate studies in Germany
- receive BAföG payments
- receive a full or partial scholarship from another organisation/institution

Value of Scholarship(s)

500 euro per month for 1st semester

Eligibility

Applications are accepted from applicants who…- are not of German nationality,- have completed/will be completing their bachelor's degree at one of our partner universities,- are admitted to the University of Koblenz-Landau for any master's program, including one of the following international master’s programs:M.Sc. Ecotoxicology (Landau)
M.Sc. Environmental Sciences (Landau)
M.Sc. Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems (Koblenz)
M.Sc. Chemistry and Physics of Functional Materials (Koblenz)
M.Sc. Web Science (Koblenz)- start their studies in the winter semester 2016/17
- have achieved good grades (GPA of 2,3 or better) in their previous studies

Application Procedure

In order to apply, please hand in the following application documents: - Properly completed, printed and signed application form
- Copy of the Letter of Admission to the University of Koblenz-Landau for winter semester 2016/17
- CV (max. 2 pages)
- Copy of passport or identity cardPlease note that your application can only be considered if you submit a properly completed application form along with all the required documents within the given deadline.Furthermore, the scholarship payments will only be started after the successful enrollment at the University of Koblenz-Landau for the winter semester 2016/17.

Further Information

https://www.uni-koblenz-landau.de/en/international-en/incomings/scholarship/partnership_scholarship



Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree in Environmental Sciences (or equivalent program with a focus on natural sciences and applied mathematics) with a minimum final grade of “good” (e.g., 2.5 on a 6.0 scale or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale).The Program is conducted in English. Therefore good active and passive English language skills are essential. Proficiency of German is not a requirement for application. However, we recommend to learn some basic German for daily life. While in Germany many people speak English, you will generally find life in Germany easier if you speak German.

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