MSc Environmental Sciences

University of Vienna

Program Description

MSc Environmental Sciences

University of Vienna

The master’s programme and research network Environmental Sciences is a hub for students and scientists who want to apply deep scientific thought to the earth environment and some of its most urgent problems. Geoscientists, life scientists, geographers, chemists, physicists, mathematicians, economists and lawyers come together to tackle these problems in a collaborative way. Our goal is to prepare a new generation of professionals and scientists for solving the challenges ahead.

The interdisciplinary programme focuses on the analysis of fundamental environmental processes using know-how from a wide range of scientific fields. This disciplinary diversity is reflected not only in the diversity of the fields of expertise of the faculty, but also in the diversity of students coming from various areas of science.

Environmental Sciences is an interdisciplinary programme that deals with processes that control the earth system and the impact of human activities on this system. The programme emphasises a rigorous process level understanding of important problems in environmental science to learn how to analyse the complex earth system. Therefore, scientific methods of earth sciences, physical geography, life sciences, chemistry, physics and mathematics are used.


The workload of the master’s programme comprises 120 ECTS credits. This is equivalent to a period of four semesters.

After getting an overview of the field of study of Environmental Sciences in a ring-lecture and a seminar, students focus on basic issues in environmental chemistry and geochemistry, environmental biology, pollutants and element cycles. They get acquainted with a process oriented view on environmental systems including marine systems, ground and surface water systems, atmospheric and terrestrial systems. Students learn to integrate mathematical models into various processes. Courses in legislation, policy and economics focus on the implementation of the process level understanding of natural systems into these fields. After this first part of the curriculum, students deepen their knowledge by exploring their own combination of subjects within the environmental sciences in fields such as biogeochemical cycles, global change, environmental pollution and remediation.

The degree programme is completed with a master’s thesis and an oral public defence.

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Last updated December 18, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2017
2 years
Full time
Apr. 30, 2017
March 1st until April 30th.
Start date Oct. 2017
Austria Vienna
Application deadline Apr. 30, 2017
March 1st until April 30th.
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price Free

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