Environmental Chemistry addresses today´s global challenges caused by increasing industrialization and overexploitation of natural resources. Contamination is not restricted to one compartment (air, soil, or water), but affects whole ecosystems and often has a considerable political dimension. The key to future sustainable resource management, current impact prediction, and prudent cleanup of past contaminated sites is a solid understanding of Environmental Chemistry.
Profile of the Master’s Programme
In the two-year master´s programme, you learn to address global environmental chemical challenges with knowledge, skills, and experience from an application-oriented and strongly interdisciplinary perspective. Aside from the core understanding of processes in air, soil, and water, subjects include inorganic and organic chemistry, microbiology, toxicology, ecosystem analysis, and human-environment interactions. Tutorials in small groups enable the hands-on experience of the front-end analytical techniques in the individual research groups and the development of solution-oriented thinking and creativity. You are trained in critical reflection, abstraction, and logical argumentation as well as oral and written communication. Different perceptions of environmental challenges by students from different countries at different stages of development and with different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds are integrated to sharpen understanding of international contexts.
Fields of Employment
The demand for highly qualified experts in environmental chemistry will continue to grow with increased industrialization and ever‐tighter global interdependence and integration. Our graduates will have various attractive career opportunities in the academic sector, in the industry (experts and consultants of national and international companies, heads of laboratories, company founders) and in the public sector (policy consultation, development cooperation). Excellent employment opportunities are also available in developing and emerging countries in view of increasing industrialisation and demand for expertise.
Students must hold a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with at least 20 ECTS points in physics, biology, or chemistry, 20 ECTS points in environmental sciences, and an overall grade of at least 2,5 on the German grading scale. A very good command of spoken and written English (equivalent to CEFR step B2 or higher) is mandatory.
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