The Master of Science in the “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security” is offered by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn in cooperation with the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) as an international degree programme with a research-oriented profile.
The two-years programme educates students in a interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary manner on how to investigate and manage various resources related to environmental hazards by implementing science-based principles and methodologies to disaster risk management.
It offers an in-depth introduction into both problem-oriented research methods, theory and concepts as well as real life challenges and problems that international and UN organizations are dealing with, deriving from research areas such as vulnerability assessment, resilience analysis, risk management and adaptation strategies within linked human–environment systems as well as environmentally induced internal displacement and transboundary migration.
Documents required for application are:
Optional: Personal statement (highly appreciated): Applicants may present a written statement, one to two pages in length, describing their motivation, area of proposed research, background, past work in the intended field of study, plans for further postgraduate study and any other information they feel is relevant. Applicants who are currently registered in a postgraduate programme at another university may explain why they wish to change programmes.
Applicants shall submit all required documents in a digital format and scanned into one single PDF document.
In individual cases applicants might be requested for a telephone interview in case the selection board has specific enquiries which could not be sufficiently explained by the documents provided.
UNU-EHS and Bonn University welcome applicants with a strong interest or experience in environmental science and international organizations and structures. Women and applicants from developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply.
Capacity-related admission restrictions (numerus clausus) remain unaffected.
Admittance to the study programme is only possible following a successful evaluation of the application for acceptance in the joint Master’s programme Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security with the cooperating higher education institutions pursuant to the respective selection procedures and regulations of these institutions.
The course structure and its contents address innovative issues and new concepts to better understand the complexity of physical changes in the earth system (e.g. climate change, hazards) and its interactions with societal processes (vulnerability, resilience) producing risks.
During four semesters, students attend 11 modules (120 ECTS), including introduction seminars, research methods, an internship as well as the master thesis. The language of instruction is English.
Fields of study include:
Disaster management and disaster risk reduction.