The Master of Science (M.Sc.) in “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security” is jointly offered by UNU-EHS and the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn as an international degree programme with a research-oriented profile.
The two-year programme educates students in an 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 to problem-oriented research methods, theories and concepts as well as real life challenges and problems that international and UN organizations are facing. The curriculum draws from research areas such as vulnerability assessment, resilience analysis, risk management and adaptation strategies within linked human–environment systems, and environmentally induced internal displacement and transboundary migration.
Since its launch in October 2013, a total of 75 students from 24 countries have been studying within the Master programme.
The main purpose of the MSc programme is to provide postgraduate students with detailed knowledge, critical understanding, strategies, and tools required to take an interdisciplinary approach towards environmental risks and human security.
Upon completion of their study, students will be able to:
The course provides a spring board to young students who are interested to develop careers within international organizations, such as the UN. As part of the curriculum students are required to complete a minimum of 8 weeks internship, and write a Master Thesis in collaboration with partner institutions. This affords students the opportunity to participate in research projects and apply the knowledge they have obtained. Over the past year our students have participated in research or project work in a number of organisations, as well as, being located in more than 20 countries worldwide.
Typically, graduates of this programme are expected to serve in government departments /agencies, international institutions, (e.g. those dealing with disaster risk management, environment and governance, sustainability and sustainable spatial planning), projects and research at national and international institutions, research institutions, and doctoral research programmes.
Applicants must possess a first, higher education qualification (Bachelor’s Degree) in Geography or a related / comparable professionally certified study programme. Out of all higher education qualifications earned (Bachelor’s, Master’s, additional academic coursework, etc.) applicants must have accumulated at least 100 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) within three of the following four study areas:
Applicants must provide proof of having earned at least 10 ECTS per study area. Study areas listed above in which a candidate received fewer than 10 ECTS will not be considered.
For further details on the application requirements, please consult the FAQ.
Due to technical issues during the last two days, the Master GeoRisk Inbox (firstname.lastname@example.org) was temporarily not available. For this reason the application deadline is extended to 4 March 2016.
Candidates must submit a completed application packet consisting of the following documents:
1. Completed and signed application form (REQUIRED)
2. Résumé/CV (REQUIRED)
3. Official transcripts (REQUIRED)
4. A letter of motivation (REQUIRED)
5. For non-native English speakers, English language proficiency certificate. (REQUIRED)
6. Other relevant documents to support your application (OPTIONAL):
For more information about if this MSc Programme is right for you, as well as information on the admission process, please consult the FAQ.
The Joint Master Programme has one intake per year starting with the Winter Semester – the next programme start will be in October 2016.
Applications are accepted during the application period from December 15, 2015 to February 29, 2016.
Candidates are notified about their application status by mid May 2016.
For additional questions that are not covered by the FAQ, please contact: email@example.com.
The course structure and content 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.
Over the span of four semesters, students attend 11 modules (120 ECTS), including introduction seminars, research methods, an internship as well as a master thesis. The language of instruction is English.
Fields of study include:
A document with further details on the curriculum is currently under review and will be made available shortly.
For additional questions that are not covered by the FAQ please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 Examination Regulations University of Bonn (452.0 kB PDF) UNU Rules Governing the Joint Master of Science Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security with the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn (1.1 MB PDF)