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Environmental Systems Sciences – Economics Master's programme

Course outline, qualifications and competences

The master’s programme Environmental Systems Sciences - Economics enhances and deepens students’ knowledge of economics and systems sciences as well as their interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. In particular, students acquire knowledge of theories of environmental economics and resource economics, discussing topics ranging from global change, climate change and politics, and the connection between technical and economical progress, sustainability and resource economics, to environment and foreign trade. Furthermore, students acquire methodical knowledge of applied environmental economics (quantitative analytical tools for processing empirical questions on environmental and climate policies). This programme includes systems sciences, especially methods of systems integration, assessment and modeling for sustainable development, reduction of hazards and improvement of living conditions in the man-environment system. Independently combinable restricted elective courses offer students the opportunity of individualising and specialising their qualification profile. While self-compiled environmental elective courses offer students the possibility of individualising their qualification profile, working in an interdisciplinary team during a placement, in which students are faced with real-world problems, encourages them to apply acquired competences to concrete and on-going problems.

Expected results

Graduates of the master’s programme Environmental Systems Sciences - Economics will be experts in the field of economics and - at the same time - familiar with problems relating to environmental and resource economics. Their interdisciplinary education will enable them to deal with complex systems, to translate them into models, to assess their organisation and dynamics and to elaborate and implement sustainable courses of action.


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University degree
Master of Science „MSc“
4 semesters / 120 ECTS-CP
(CP = credit points)
Teaching language
Index number
UB 066 949
Faculty of Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education
type of study programme
Qualification level
Master (2nd study cycle)
Appropriate bachelor’s degree or equivalent


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