University of Koblenz-Landau

Introduction

The University of Koblenz-Landau is a young, medium-sized university. In 1990 the university emerged from the former teacher training college. In the meantime research and teaching are organised in three linked interdisciplinary subject areas entitled "Learning", "Society" and "Environment".

Our Profile

Learning:

The university has a prominent position in education and teacher training in Rhineland-Palatinate. It is the only university which offers teacher training courses for all school types. This core competence characterises the university’s profile. Key features are also the combination of education and teaching methodology, the great importance attached to extra-curricular locations and school laboratories as well as the linking of theory and classroom practice, for example, via the Campus-School Networks.

Society:

This subject area is characterised by the humanities, cultural studies and social sciences, in which in particular languages, art and culture, politics and the economy are analysed. The subject area is also characterised by psychology (one of the social sciences) as well as by computer science, which optimises and tests extensive IT-based services that have been developed for their practical value to people.

Environment:

Three scientific approaches characterise this subject area. The life science approach broaches the issue of the environment from a scientific perspective, whereas computer science deals with the digital world, and the humanities and social sciences understand the world in terms of culture and society.

Study and Continuing Education

The rise in student numbers demonstrates that both the Koblenz and Landau campuses are popular places to study. The number of students has increased threefold since 1990. In the meantime there are approximately 15,000 students enrolled on programmes, half of these in Koblenz, the other half in Landau. When compared to very large universities, teaching and studying is conducted in manageable structures at Koblenz and Landau, which fosters a much closer student community as well as a closer-knit teacher-student community. The university offers future specialists and executives a diverse range of Bachelor and Master programmes in education, social sciences, cultural studies, the humanities and life sciences as well as psychology and computer science. The traditional core of teaching at the university is its teacher training programmes for all school types.

In the area of continuing education a sophisticated range of study programmes, distance-learning programmes as well as seminars has been developed for an ever-changing working and professional environment. The majority of the programmes and courses on offer are designed to be in-service in character, thereby allowing students to combine both work and study. These programmes are being consistently built upon and expanded.

Research and knowledge Transfer

Research is conducted in nationally and internationally linked working groups. The University of Koblenz-Landau also works closely together with partners in the local area. What is characteristic is the balanced relationship between theoretical and applied research. Current areas of research include education, environment, computer science as well as the humanities and social sciences, based on the three subject areas of the university.

The transfer of technology is one of the central tasks of the university and allows the systematic and planned utilisation of new scientific and technological knowledge in the economy, politics and society. The university of Koblenz-Landau also promotes business start-ups in academia and the development of an entrepreneurial culture.

Internationalisation

The international character of research and teaching as well as of university life is a quality feature of a modern university. The university of Koblenz-Landau wants to both expand and intensify its international direction. Today this is essential not only in the global economy, but also nationally. Internationalisation is an interdisciplinary task facing the university in all areas and at all levels. In order to push this process further forward, the number of international research projects and cooperation agreements should, for example, be increased, and the number of outgoing exchange students as well as incoming ones should be raised. This should, in addition, be coupled with an increase in the number of internationally oriented study programmes.

Promoting young academics

Promoting young academics is one of the core tasks and responsibilities of the university. The quality of our young academics is not only a significant factor in enhancing the university’s research potential, but it is also at the same time an indicator of the university’s presence and reputation. Graduate colleges and schools as well as an interdisciplinary PhD center were all established to promote young academics further, and this range of measures is to be expanded in the future.

Pro-family university

The university is committed to the principles of a pro-family university. Men and women employed at the university should be able to combine work, study, and the upbringing of children or the care of relatives. The university has therefore taken steps to achieve this aim, for example, with the provision of child care services and introduction of flexible working hours, or by promoting specific support programmes.

One university – three locations

One particular feature of the university is its organizational structure. Koblenz and Landau are centers for teaching, research and continuing education. The central link of the entire organization is the President’s office in Mainz, where the university’s executive board and several areas of its main administration are located. In Koblenz, research and teaching is conducted in four faculties on a modern campus, which is just a stone’s throw away from the banks of the river Moselle. The university at Landau also consists of four faculties, and the main campus is being extended with additional university sites in and around the city of Landau.

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Master of Science in Chemistry and Physics of Functional Materials

Campus Full time 3 semesters October 2017 Germany Koblenz

Based on the chemical and physical knowledge of the bachelor program a more comprehensive understanding of the relations between composition and structure of the materials on the one hand [+]

The master course "Chemistry and Physics of Functional Materials" enables graduates of the bachelor program "Applied Natural Sciences" and similar study courses of other faculties at German and international universities to work in research in the fields of chemistry, physics and material sciences. The program addresses students with interest in doing research with functional materials. Based on the chemical and physical knowledge of the bachelor program a more comprehensive understanding of the relations between composition and structure of the materials on the one hand and their chemical and physical characteristics on the other hand is given. The master program provides the qualifications required for a consequent Ph.D. program or enables the graduates to take up responsible positions in research and development in industry or research institutes. Study Contents Synthesis and Characterization of functional materials Electives allow for setting an individual focus Lectures will also be held in English (restricted choices) Possibility of studying a term abroad Admission Requirements B. Sc. in Applied Natural Sciences at Universität Koblenz-Landau or equivalent degree (final grade 2,5 or better) The board of examiners decides on any exceptions on the basis of applications submitted. Exceptions in this regard are a bachelor thesis with the grade 1,5 or better or professional experience of at least 1 year in the field of chemistry and physics of functional materials. Knowledge in English equivalent to CEF B2 level is required. Start Winter and Summer term Deadlines Deadline for International Applications via Uniassist : January 15th an June/July 15th Deadline... [-]

Master of Science in Ecotoxicology

Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Germany Landau

An increasing number of chemicals is used by society today, which are alsoreleased into the environment. Ecotoxicology is concerned with their potential impacts on the ecosystem. [+]

Master of Science in Ecotoxicology An increasing number of chemicals is used by society today, which are also released into the environment. Ecotoxicology is concerned with their potential impacts on the ecosystem. It aims to investigate and discover effects of chemicals on biological systems in order to develop methods for risk management, as well as to predict ecological consequences. The international "Master of Science program in Ecotoxicology" integrates concepts of Environmental Chemistry, Toxicology and Ecology and includes Social Sciences and Economics as well. Due to its interdisciplinary and applied approach, the Program enables its graduates to analyze complex problems and to develop practical solutions. As environmental problems reach far beyond national borders, an international approach is necessary and the situation in developing countries needs special solutions. The Master in Ecotoxicology is organized by the Institute for Environmental Sciences and its graduates receive the full credits for the nine required topics of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry’s Certification of Environmental Risk Assessors (CRA) program. Study program All students take the 9 required modules, as well as a 10-week Research Project Course and an Applied Module at External Organisations of 8 weeks to obtain a deep knowledge in the field of Ecotoxicology. Afterwards, studentes personalize the Program by choosing 2 Modules of the 5 Specialty Areas. The Master Thesis with colloquium round out the 4-semester Program. Specialty Areas: Applied Environmental Chemistry & Environmental Physics, Chemistry, Applied Ecology, Geoecology and Socioeconomics & Environmental Management REQUIREMENTS We are looking for highly motivated... [-]

Master of Science in Environmental Sciences

Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2017 Germany Landau

Environmental Sciences is an interdisciplinary field covering the many interactions between natural and human systems on multiple scales, from molecules to landscapes. In addition to knowledge in the natural sciences, Master students in the Environmental Sciences program gain an indispensable and solid understanding of the social sciences (e.g. economics, politics, management). [+]

Environmental Sciences Environmental Sciences is an interdisciplinary field covering the many interactions between natural and human systems on multiple scales, from molecules to landscapes. In addition to knowledge in the natural sciences, Master students in the Environmental Sciences program gain an indispensable and solid understanding of the social sciences (e.g. economics, politics, management). With a unique blend of theoretical courses and hands-on practical experiences, students develop abilities to analyze and solve complex environmental problems in an interdisciplinary context. The Institute for Environmental Sciences offers an excellent program of study by combining expertise from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geoecology and the Social Sciences. STUDY PROGRAM All students take the six required modules (Compulsory part). Afterwards, students personalize the program by choosing two of the eight Specialty Areas and completing four modules in each, with an additional module of their choice. An external internship and the Master Thesis with colloquium round out the 4-semester program. The 6-week internship can be performed at an external university or governmental or industrial research institute in Germany or abroad. Specialty Areas: Environmental Analysis Applied Ecology Socioeconomics & Environmental Management Aquatic Systems Soil Systems Landscapes & Scales Modeling Chemicals in the Environment REQUIREMENTS We are looking for highly motivated students interested in working on environmentally relevant problems using an interdisciplinary approach. Higher Education Entrance Qualification Anyone wanting to study at a German university needs a higher education entrance qualification ("Hochschulzugangsberechtigung“), respectively a master entrance qualification ("Masterzugangsberechtigung“). Entrance qualification is not checked by the university, but by Uni-assist (see... [-]

Master of Science in Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems

Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Germany Koblenz

The goal of this program is to train talented graduate students to become an "expert mastering a repertoire of modern mathematical and computer based methods for modeling, simulating and optimizing complex systems and knowing how to combine those methods for solving real-world problems". [+]

Complex, cross-linked systems pervade our daily life e.g. in natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, or logistics. The key to tackle the challenges imposed by these systems is mathematical modeling in a broad sense which is based on a profound knowledge of mathematics physics computer science. The goal of this program is to train talented graduate students to become an "expert mastering a repertoire of modern mathematical and computer based methods for modeling, simulating and optimizing complex systems and knowing how to combine those methods for solving real-world problems". The term expert is used in the sense of generalist and not a specialist, since we aim at a whole spectrum of different methods. In its structure, the program mirrors many of the demands imposed by complex systems. As a result, graduates are well prepared for upcoming tasks. Curriculum The innovative, interdisciplinary and research-oriented two-year M.Sc. program Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems is fully taught in English and aims at both, International and German students. During the first and second semester, dedicated courses in applied mathematics, physics, and computer science needed for advanced modeling, simulation and optimization of complex systems are taught. In the third semester, students start focussing on some area and subject by choosing from modules of interests. A project seminar reinforces specialization and prepares for the master thesis then in the fourth semester. This thesis is an individual research work which is typically embedded in some larger up-to-date research project and prepared under thorough supervision. Besides technical excellence in... [-]

Master of Science in Web Science

Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Germany Koblenz

With a master's degree in Web Science will be able to study you and solve problems on the web. Our interdisciplinary curriculum emphasises computer science and builds bridges to social sciences, economics, studies of the law, linguistics and mathematics. All mandatory courses are taught in English. [+]

With a master’s degree in Web Science you will be able to study and solve problems on the web. Our interdisciplinary curriculum emphasises computer science and builds bridges to social sciences, economics, studies of the law, linguistics and mathematics. All mandatory courses are taught in English. In general, our programme aims at persons with a bachelor’s degree or a minor in computer science. Unless you already hold a master’s degree, our programme even is free of tuition. The medium of instruction is English. Graduates from the institute WeST have found interesting positions at successful companies, started their own businesses or continued towards a Ph.D. Institute WeST has a limited number of places available each year for pursueing a Ph.D. If you excel earning a master's degree in Web Science you will be in pole position for continuing with doctoral studies. Koblenz is one of the oldest and most attractive cities in Germany with its surroundings honoured as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. The university of Koblenz-Landau has close contacts to leading companies, offering possibilities for internships, collaboration and project experiences. Goals of the Programme With a master’s degree in Web Science you will be able to technically improve and analyse the web, to understand how the web influences people and what makes online businesses successful. You will not only learn about legal aspects of the web, but also to analyse and understand its content and the communication between its users. Finally, you will be able to mathematically describe and predict all... [-]

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