The English-language master's program Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security is a joint course of study of the Geographical Institute of the University of Bonn and the Institute for Environment and Human Security of the United Nations University. The program illuminates the complex interrelationships between the areas of environmental risks and human security as well as their effects on the interactions between people and their environment (vulnerability, resilience, adaptation).

The interdisciplinary and research-oriented course combines theory and application in an international environment. First, comprehensive knowledge of the relevant theoretical and methodological debates and their critical reflection from both the perspective of human geography and the field of Earth System Sciences are imparted. On this basis, the students receive an introduction to various policy-related fields (sustainability goals, climate change adaptation, disaster risk management / management, humanitarian aid), which are critically discussed using examples. While research seminars promote independent academic work on these topics, more practical events and the compulsory internship offer the opportunity to.

Entry Requirement

  • Examination regulations (legally binding information)
  • University degree (domestic or foreign) in a relevant subject
  • English skills (language level GeR B2)
  • Minimum grade 2.5 or country-specific equivalent
  • Specific modules (100 ECTS in total): human geography and social sciences with a focus on space, society, development | Scientific methodology and empirical research methodology | Physical geography and environmental science with a focus on Earth System Science

Career Prospects

Activities in the areas of international cooperation, climate change research, disaster risk reduction, humanitarian aid, spatial planning and sustainability policy at international organizations, federal authorities and private companies, research / teaching at academic and non-academic research institutions.

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