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We have temporarily modified programmes to virtual learning classrooms, so that all the scheduled teaching can take place online. Programmes will start in November 2020 and, if required, teaching online and then change to on-campus learning.
Earth’s ecosystems are exposed to various rapid environmental changes, such as global changes in climate, element cycles, land use, and biodiversity. Such changes can threaten ecological services such as the protection against natural hazards, filtration of drinking water, food supply, and other resources. These situations, in turn, lead to economic, social, and political instability.
Profile of the Master’s Programme
The graduate programme Global Change Ecology is devoted to understanding and analyzing the most important and consequential environmental concern of the 21st Century: Global change. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the programme aims to combine natural science perspectives on global change with approaches taken from social science disciplines. The elite study programme combines the expertise of the Universities of Bayreuth, Augsburg, and Würzburg with that of Bavarian and international research institutions, as well as economic, administrative, and international organizations. The material covered in the programme is unique in Germany and is at the forefront with respect to the international perspectives incorporated in the programme. The goal is to train highly qualified problem-solvers in science, environmental protection, as well as decision-makers in politics and economics.
Future Career Opportunities
The programme in Global Change Ecology relies not only on course modules but also offers the opportunity to gain practical experience via internships. Internships can be carried out in four main areas including research, administration, economy, and international organizations. In this way, students can already start building up a scientific and professional network during their studies. Based on additional research activity, a doctoral degree can be pursued.
Science schools aim to integrate students into current developments in the rapidly changing scientific field of global change research. Intensive external and internal courses allow students to make direct contact with lecturers and practitioners and peers from other degree programmes and universities.
To qualify for the international elite graduate programme requires:
an excellent Bachelor's degree in biology, hydrology, meteorology, environmental physics, environmental informatics, geoecology, landscape ecology, geography, the science of forestry or agricultural science, Philosophy & Economics, International Economics, and Development or an equivalent degree;
the successful completion of a two-step aptitude assessment test including a letter of motivation and an interview, both in English.