MSc in Environmental Chemistry

University of Bayreuth

Program Description

MSc in Environmental Chemistry

University of Bayreuth

  • You are looking for a master program that enables you to help addressing today's global challenges caused by increasing industrialization and overexploitation of natural resources?
  • You are eager to apply interdisciplinary knowledge, skills, and experience from inorganic and organic chemistry, microbiology, toxicology, ecosystem analysis, and human-environment interactions to understand how contaminations in the air, soil, and water affect whole ecosystems worldwide?
  • You want to study in an international environment, profit from research-led teaching, work in small groups, and develop your solution-oriented thinking and creativity?

Join us at the University of Bayreuth, Germany!


The program can only be started for the winter term.

The next application deadline is June, 15th, 2017 to start in October 2017. ONLINE APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN!

Why Environmental Chemistry in Bayreuth?

An individualized study program, short communication ways, and excellent relationships between supervisors and students create a family atmosphere where studying is both an intellectual challenge and a personal joy. Our teaching concept is interdisciplinary, solution-oriented, and research-lead with a strong practical focus. Individual coaching in small groups, extensive discussions with lecturers and an early integration into ongoing research projects will help you develop your specific scientific profile and establish a network for your later career. Our structured and well-balanced study program will enable you to complete your master´s degree successfully and within the foreseen duration of 2 years.

Environmental Research has a long‐standing tradition in Bayreuth. The study program geoecology (today with a bachelor and master program) was designed in Bayreuth in the late 1970s and rapidly became a success story. Today, it can be studied at 6 universities throughout Germany. In 1989, the Bayreuth Institute for Terrestrial Ecosystem Research was founded to investigate complex ecological interdependencies with a focus on forest die-back. Today, the focus has further broadened and about 25 research groups are organized in the Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research. The assembled expertise provides unique opportunities for national and international students joining weekly seminars, using our joint laboratory facilities or our national and international network for your master´s theses. The new program Environmental Chemistry is centrally organized by six groups, which are the research groups for Atmospheric Chemistry, Environmental Geochemistry, Experimental Biogeochemistry/Microbiology, Hydrology/Hydrochemistry, Isotope Geochemistry, and Soil Ecology/Soil Chemistry.

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).

Employers include:

  • international organizations (e.g. UN, EU, NGOs),
  • national and state authorities,
  • sustainability departments,
  • consulting companies,
  • universities and research centers.

Excellent employment opportunities also open up as communicators in developing and emerging countries with increasing industrialization and the associated demands on know‐how.


Study Program

In the two-year master's program, 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. Exercises in small groups enable the hands-on experience of the front-end analytical techniques in the individual research groups and 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.


Structure of the course of studies in thematic areas air (A), soil (S), water (W), chemistry and analytics (C), experimental biogeochemistry and environmental microbiology (EB), isotope biogeochemistry (Iso), methods (M) and elective/internship (E). In the E-modules you can select from all courses offered at Bayreuth University be it further education in natural sciences but also the acquisition of additional qualification in a language, legal issues, business administration, or internships (inside or outside the University); All modules equal 5 ECTS. Thirty ECTS points are awarded for the master's thesis (T). For further details, please see the study guide.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 9, 2018
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