Environmental Management and Sustainability

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Environmental Management and Sustainability

The Environmental Management and Sustainability programme provides a deeper understanding of the social, economic and natural dimensions of sustainability.

You will learn advanced methods and techniques for evaluating sustainability goals and develop strategies for their implementation. You will also explore the question of how to reconcile resource use, sustainability goals, and socio-economic prosperity, and how these insights can be communicated and mediated.

Master of Science

Duration of programme
6 Trimester

120 ECTS credits


Occupational Areas


In 6 trimesters, you will acquire a highly qualified and practice-oriented education in environmental and climate management. You will be able to reconcile sustainability and economic requirements, to assess environmental impact confidently, and to depict sustainable thinking and working as a competitive advantage.

Occupational Areas

You will understand the impact of climate change and be able to effectively communicate it, also in the context of necessary changes in our consumption and lifestyles. You will be needed in the strategic management of companies, but also in politics, administration and associations which are increasingly dependent on these skills.

After a successful completion you can work in the following areas:

  • Environmental assessment and planning
  • Ecodesign
  • Impact Analysis
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management
  • Environmental commission
  • Scenario Analysis
  • Policy advice
  • Environmental Conflict Management
  • Change Management

Details on the programme schedule

Interdisciplinary module:

We want to consider sustainability, cultural dynamics, communication and innovation processes from different disciplines in an integrated way in order to train students in finding interdisciplinary solutions. Our students have degrees from various fields of study or have a variety of professional experience. So it makes sense to define common goals and learn interesting facts about the foundations of the four subjects in an introductory preparatory course. Since the students will work together in the interdisciplinary modules and in research, getting to know each other at an early stage is a great advantage.

The modules “Environmental Communication and Cultural Change” and “Transcultural Communication” form the core of our future-oriented education. Leaders from all disciplines need the ability to effectively develop and communicate sustainable and empathic transcultural economic and social solutions. The quality of business models and working world will continue to change. And everyone needs to be prepared for it.

Elective studies

Students can choose between three central modules from the other degree programmes in order to achieve even better integration and possibly support interdisciplinary research topics and their thesis.


Our students in the Master’s degree programme have the opportunity to expand their professional education through an internship. This gives them insights into working methods and decision-making processes in companies, organisations, authorities and in politics.

Internships are possible in companies, organisations, authorities and in the German Bundestag. Internships abroad can also be included in the programme after consultation. We have cooperation agreements with well-known companies and organisations, which our students can benefit from.

The internship takes place in the 5th trimester and corresponds to 6 ECTS credits.

Master’s thesis

The topic of the Master’s thesis can be chosen freely in consultation with the responsible professor. It is done in the 5th and 6th trimester Thirty ECTS credits are earmarked for the Master’s thesis, which is equivalent to a workload of 900 hours, or about 22 weeks. It should be at least 60 pages long.

Admission requirements

  • Completion of a first higher-education qualification in a subject related to the curriculum, corresponding to the acquisition of at least 180 ECTS credit points (Diploma / Master’s or Bachelor’s degree or equivalent German or foreign degree).
  • The Environmental Management and Sustainability Master’s degree programme requires demonstration of studies in geography/physical geography or in a geography-relevant science subject.