Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security (international joint MSc programme)


    The main purpose of this two-year Master’s of Science programme is to provide postgraduate students with detailed knowledge, critical understanding, strategies, and the tools required to take an interdisciplinary approach towards environmental risks and human security. The programme addresses theoretical and methodological debates in geography to better understand the complex emergence of environmental risks and natural hazards, and their implications for human–nature relations (vulnerability, resilience, adaptation) and how to deal with them in practice.

    As a joint programme offered by the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn and the United Nations University in Bonn, the program provides a unique combination of advanced conceptual and applied engagements within the field of environmental risks and human security in an international context.

    Fields of expertise include Vulnerability Assessment, Ecosystem Services, Sustainable Development, Disaster Management, Climate Change Adaptation, Human-Nature Relationships, Science & Technology Studies, Development Geography, Geomorphology, Socio-Hydrology, Future Studies, GIS and Remote Sensing.

    The Programme consists of 12 modules, of which ten are taught in the first three semesters followed by a compulsory internship and the independent work on the Master’s thesis. An internship of at least eight weeks is a compulsory part of the programme.

    Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree in Geography or a related/comparable professionally certified study programme. A strong motivation to contribute to the area of human security and management of risks related to environmental change is a prerequisite to study in this master’s Programme. Non-native English-speaking applicants must prove their proficiency in English.

    For more information, including requirements, how to apply, and scholarship availability, please see the the programme page on the UNU-EHS website.