BioGeoSciences

The research-based MSc programme BioGeoSciences should be attractive for all students interested in the consequences of anthropogenic environmental change. The programme prepares you for talking over responsible duties within the broad field of environmental research and qualifies you for starting a PhD. It builds on the bachelor degree programme BioGeoSciences at Campus Koblenz.

The programme focusses on landscape ecology and environmental research with biological and geographical methods. There are seven mandatory modules with 48 ECTS in total, all taught in English. You are free to set your own priorities by selecting seven elective modules (42 ECTS in total) out of the ones offered. Focal areas of the programme are: biodiversity, terestrial ecology, aquativ ecology, tropical ecology, geo-ecology, regional development, and man and environment.

Close cooperations exist with the Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde (Federal Institute of Hydrology) in Koblenz, with universities in Rwanda and Madagascar as well as various other research institutions in Germany and abroad, enabling exciting and applied research projects.

During the study course you will gain several scientific and methodological competences. This qualifies you to perform environmental research as well as for consulting jobs in governmental and non-governmental organisations, national and international companies as well as engineering and consulting offices.

 

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Course content

Mandatory modules:

  • Conservation Biology
  • Diversity of Angiosperms
  • Aquatic Ecology and Management
  • Methods in Geoecology
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Physical Geography
  • Research Practical

Elective modules:

7 out of the 20 modules offered need to be chosen, e.g. modules on risk assessment in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, spatial planning, aquatic ecology or excursions. Various internships give the students the opportunity to carry out small research projects in teams, and thus to implement their theoretical knowledge into practise thereby gaining hands-on experience in research.

 

Place of study
  • Campus Koblenz
Entry requirements A bachelor degree (3 year study course) with a focus in environmental sciences, grade 'good' or better. A good command of the English language is expected. In specific cases admission may be granted irrespective of the final grade, subject to approval by the board of examiners.

Admission restrictions
  • None
Course begin
  • Winter and summer teaching period
Closing date for applications
  • 15th July and 15th January, respectively
Length of study
  • 4 semesters
Degree
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Accreditation
  • Accredited through AQAS until 30 September 2019, prolongation in preparation
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