Course Description

The Master’s Programme of the International Course of Study „Environmental and Resource Management“ comprises 4 semesters. It entails 120 credits. The programme can be studied after having completed the B.Sc. degree in ERM at BTU Cottbus. Alternatively, it can be entered with a qualified B.Sc. from another University (or comparable degrees) in Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Environmental Economics, Environmental Engineering, Pollution Control, Engineering, Environmental Protection, Socio-Economical Studies, Ecology or related subjects. The Master programme is organised in modular units. It comprises beside the study project and the Master thesis, three fields of specialisation;

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Economics, Planning and Law
  • Environmental Engineering

The Curriculum of the Master’s Programme allows ERM Bachelor graduates for a consecutive study of environmental and resource management on the postgraduate level. Because of the different educational background of the applicants mainly compulsory modules are fixed in each field of specialisation. Each student compiles her/his own curriculum availing the consultancy of study coordinator.

The study project is conceptualised as an interdisciplinary and problem oriented class, comprising seminars, exercises, fieldwork, institutional research, literature study etc. The main scope is the development of problem-solving skills by means of information gathering, social interaction with a team, and communication of results.

The ERM Master is conceived as interdisciplinary and integrative study programme. All three specialisation fields include the treatment of strategic aspects of protection, sustainable development, and rehabilitation of environmental goods.

On average 20 hpw resp. 30 credits have to be studied in each semester, meaning a total of 80 hpw resp. 120 credits. Advisors will be available to guide the student in finding the optimal curriculum according to her/his individual background. It is recommended to take the 3rd semester as the semester abroad.

Programme Survey

  • Study period: four semesters (two years)
  • Study start: winter semester
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Subdivision into; 1 mandatory module, 7 compulsory elective out of field of specialisation and 5 free elective modules
  • Study project
  • One recommended semester abroad
  • Master thesis
  • Collection of 120 credits
  • Admission after B.Sc. degree in ERM or equivalent in a related field