Master of Science (M.Sc.) programme: Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security
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.
The main purpose of the MSc programme is to provide postgraduate students with detailed knowledge, critical understanding, strategies and the tools required to take an interdisciplinary approach towards environmental risks and human security.
Upon completion of their study, students will be able to:
understand and analyse scientific inquiry in physical and human
geography and related disciplines, focusing on vulnerability and
environmental risk in developing countries;
understand and apply appropriate methods for research design regarding data collection and analysis, particularly focused on contemporary qualitative and quantitative methods
formulate new research questions and apply the acquired knowledge in the context of international organizations and mechanisms; and
produce scientific writing, presentation and proposal writing; perform project management tasks.
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.
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:
Social ecological systems;
Earth system science;
Risk management and governance; and
Disaster management and disaster risk reduction.
What we offer
Joint Master of Science Degree Certificate from the United Nations University and University of Bonn
Problem-oriented and in-depth learning combined with practical case studies
Intercultural and interdisciplinary learning environment
Strong focus on developing countries
Possibility to engage in ongoing research projects at both institutions
Possibility to incorporate current development issues and real world problems into the academic work
Close cooperation with the UN & international organizations