International Programmes 2019/2020

Environmental Geography Environmental Geography

University of Bayreuth • Bayreuth

Degree
MSc
Teaching language
  • English
Languages

Courses are held in English.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Beginning
Winter semester
Application deadline

15 June for winter semester

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
No
Joint degree / double degree programme
No
Description/content

Environmental changes at any scale, from global to local, are of crucial importance to life on planet Earth. In addition to climate change, the major contemporary challenges include changes in biodiversity, soil degradation, and increases in mass movements. Often the dynamics of such environmental processes require an understanding of the spatial and temporal couplings between the atmosphere, biosphere, relief sphere, pedosphere, and hydrosphere. In addition, the interaction with human activities is of utmost importance. Physical geography – as an interdisciplinary field with a marked focus on the environment-society nexus – is among the core disciplines addressing and examining these environmental changes.

The English-taught Master’s programme Environmental Geography provides expertise and practical experience in the field of environmental systems science from an explicitly interdisciplinary perspective. The combination of core areas in the natural sciences and contextualisation from the social sciences (e.g., ecosystem services and geographical conflict research) ensure that our students receive training that is unique in Central and Eastern Europe. Research-led teaching, state-of-the-art quantitative methods, and training facilities such as a dating laboratory or the university’s Botanical Garden allow for an application- and target-oriented programme of study. Students receive training in the analysis and evaluation of complex environmental systems, in critical reflection upon the research process, and in abstraction of research results, as well as in oral and written communication of findings.

Fields of Employment
The ongoing trend of global environmental change, depletion of resources, and the social perception of these developments are leading to an increased political and economic focus on topics relating to the environment and sustainability. This situation is driving up demand for experts with research- and practice-oriented training in the environmental sciences. Our graduates are thus prepared for a broad range of career opportunities in the private and public sectors. Possible fields of activity include:

  • regional and urban planning
  • nature conservation
  • environmental planning and consulting
  • laboratory-based environmental analysis
  • science and research
  • geoinformation services
  • development cooperation
Course organisation

Please check the module handbook:
http://www.envigeo.uni-bayreuth.de/en/msc_programme/index.html

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A Diploma supplement will be issued
No
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
No
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
No
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Semester contribution
In Germany, students at all higher education institutions must pay a semester contribution. This payment (in Bayreuth: 107.81 EUR per semester) has nothing to do with tuition fees; rather, it covers your contributions to student services and the student government. At the University of Bayreuth, it includes a "semester ticket" that allows you to use public transport in the region.
Costs of living
The cost of living in Germany, e.g., accommodation, food, clothing and recreational activities, is about average compared to other European countries. Living expenses are significantly lower than in countries like Denmark, Luxembourg or Switzerland but rather high compared to countries like Poland, the Czech Republic or Italy. Compared to other large German cities, such as Munich, Berlin or Hamburg, Bayreuth's low cost of living and affordable housing make the city and the region particularly attractive to young people and families.The DAAD website will tell you what living expenses to expect in Germany: https://www.daad.de/deutschland/nach-deutschland/voraussetzungen/en/9198-financing/.
Funding opportunities within the university
Yes
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
Scholarships awarded via the International Office

You can apply for the scholarships (monthly payments: 300 EUR) starting in the third semester of study; scholarship funding cannot be provided during the first two semesters of study. You must submit the following documents next to your application:
Enrolment certificate | Copy of passport and residence permit | Letter of recommendation from an instructor at the University of Bayreuth | Evidence of coursework completed at the University of Bayreuth, including grades | CV

Please check: http://www.international-office.uni-bayreuth.de//en/come-to-bayreuth/scholarships/index.html
Academic Admission Requirements

You should have already earned a degree, preferably in geography, landscape ecology, or a different branch of environmental science. If you are not yet able to submit your degree certificate, you can still temporarily enrol for one semester if you have already earned at least 135 ECTS points and it will be possible for you to present a Bachelor’s certificate with a final grade of "good" or better (2.5 on the German grading scale).

Language requirements

Students are required to have knowledge of the German language equivalent to the A1 level. For requirements regarding English, please have a look at the examination and study regulations.

Application deadline

15 June for winter semester

Submit application to

https://www.envigeo.uni-bayreuth.de/en/admission_application/index.html

Possibility of finding part-time employment

There are many ways for international students in Germany to earn money while they study, for example, as wait staff, academic assistants or private tutors, but there are some restrictions.
For more detailed information, please visit: https://www.daad.de/deutschland/in-deutschland/arbeit/en/9148-side-jobs/.

Accommodation

Accommodation for students
Bayreuth has a number of student dormitories (both private dormitories and dormitories offered by the Association for Student Affairs) and a vast array of private rooms available. Under no circumstances should you assume that you will be assigned a room in the student dormitories! You will need to actively search for a room on your own – either in a private dormitory or on the private market.

More information regarding accommodation for students is available here: www.uni-bayreuth.de/en/studies/accommodation/index.html. Please also read the DAAD’s information on searching for an apartment.

Accommodation for international guests
All other international guests are requested to register via the Welcome Services Database (WelSe).

Accommodation for short visits
For short visits, we recommend searching for accommodation on Airbnb. In addition, a limited number of apartments are available in the Alexander von Humboldt Guest House.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Buddy programme

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The University of Bayreuth is a dynamic campus university with about 13,500 students. Beyond the interdisciplinary research focus and excellence in teaching, the university has a clear vision of social responsibility and entrepreneurship. 

We have a close network of strategically selected, international research partners and have strategic partnerships with universities around the globe. A wide range of innovative BA, MA and PhD programmes as well as our international summer schools are conducted in English. Presently there are around 1,350 international students from 100 countries on campus. Focus areas in research include Nonlinear Dynamics, Polymer and Colloid Science, Molecular Biosciences, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, New Materials, African Studies, High Pressure and High Temperature Research, Cultural Encounters and Transcultural Processes, Innovation and Consumer Protection, Food and Health Sciences, Energy Research and Energy Technology, Governance and Responsibility.

Our university has an outstanding staff-student ratio. Our high performance levels, multidisciplinary collaborations and scientific excellence result in high ranking positions. In the 2018 THE ranking “150 under 50”, the University of Bayreuth achieved a top position among the best universities in Germany. We have proven expertise in campus and curriculum internationalisation, which is confirmed by the results of the extended internationalisation audit conducted by the German Rectors’ Conference, a close and successful project cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and a number of Alexander von Humboldt Awards for our international management and service

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