Master of Science "Environmental Management"

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The Master of Science “Environmental Management” is designed to offer interdisciplinary education, which enables graduates to develop complex, efficient and sustainable management concepts to solve current and future environmental problems.
This program encompasses several fascinating fields of research such as: Nature Conservation, Soil Protection, Water Protection, Water Framework Directive, Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Environmental Monitoring and Sustainable Land-use.

Find detailed information about:

Goals of the programme

Degree structure


How to apply



ERASMUS+ & Double-degrees with Poznan and Irkutsk


Information about ERASMUS+-funding and application issues can be found here.

Double Degree Programmes

EM enables students to pursue a double degree either in corporation with the Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznan, Poland or at the Irkutsk State University, Russia.


You could not find an answer to your question on our website or have other things to ask about the master programmes?

Please contact the EM-coordinators Dr. Uta Ulrich or Prof. Dr. Tobias Donath via mail ( 




Goals of the programme

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The Master of Science "Environmental Management" programme offered by the Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences and the Faculty of Mathermatics and Natural Sciences at Kiel University aims to train professionals in the environmental sector, enabled to work in interdisciplinary and international teams.

Students participating in the programme will:

  • acquire skills, assess and apply complex management concepts in order to solve today's and tomorrow's environmental challenges
  • increase understanding of environmental sciences and how to apply this understanding
  • gain knowledge in natural sciences, including knowledge of methods in system analysis, modeling, geographic information systems (GIS) and data management
  • learn how to conceptualize adaptive management, including economic and social aspects
  • train "soft skills" by working in international and interdisciplinary teams


The progam targets students who are interested in finding solutions for environmental problems and conflicts, especially considering the socio-economic circumstances of the working area. A background in related sciences is required. Working experience is welcome, but not mandatory.


Degree structure - EM

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For students starting EM in the winter term 2020/21 a new degree structure will apply - for students already enrolled in Environmental Management the old structure is still valid (see at the bottom of this page).

The modules offered in section A and the Master's Thesis are compulsory courses. In section B and C students can choose from those courses offered within the respective section. In section D students can choose any of the courses from section B and C as well as any other master module offered at Kiel University. You can find a list of the modules offered within the study program Environmental Management here.

Degree Structure EM

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Degree structure applicable for students having started EM until the winter semester 2019/20. Find the examination regulations here (English) (German - legally binding)


Core Courses





1 / Winter

Section A:
Core Module

Section B:
Knowledge and Analysis

Section B:
Knowledge and Analysis

Section C:
Communication and Empowerment

Section D:
Complementary Methods

2 / Summer

Section A:
Project 1


Section B:
Knowledge and Analysis

Section B:
Knowledge and Analysis

Section C:
C ommunication and Empowerment

Section E:
Open Studies


3 / Winter

Section A:
Project 2

Section B:
Knowledge and Analysis

Section B:
Knowledge and Analysis

Section E:
Open Studies

Section E:
O pen Studies

4 / Summer

Section F:
Master Project



Here, you will find the current time table for the winter semster 2021/22:

time table

Due to Covid-19 many lectures will be offered online during the winter term term 2021/22; please check this table for more details.

In case of further questions about the courses offered, please directly contact the lecturers.



How to apply for EM

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!The application period for the EM edition 2022/23, i.e. start of the programme in October 2022, is open from February 15th to March 31st 2022!




General requirements

To be eligible for this study programme, you need a bachelor's degree (B. Sc.) with a grade of “good” (German grading of at least 2.5) or better in the fields of natural sciences, economics, agricultural sciences, forestry, geography, engineering with particular relevance to the environment, or an equivalent degree in a related degree programme.

The bachelor's degree is the basis for your application to this master's degree programme at Kiel University. If the degree certificate is not yet available at the time of application, it is sufficient to hand in a transcript of records with at least 120 ECTS credits and a provisional overall grade issued by the respective institution of higher education, is to be submitted with the application.

For this programme, relevant work experience is welcome but not required. 

Language requirements

Since all classes are held in English, a good level of English (written and spoken) is mandatory.

Accepted as proof of language proficiency are:

  • IELTS: overall score of 7.0 or
  • TOEFL® iBT (Internet-based test): overall score of 95


!!!Please be aware that the need to hand in one of the above certificates applies also for native English speakers and for applicants from countries where English is the official language!!!


Additionally to the academic and language requirements, you will be asked to submit some personal information and to deliver a motivation letter and a project outline.

Motivation Letter

When applying, you are required to submit a letter of motivation in English. The motivation letter should address the following aspects:

  • What are your professional aims after finishing the master´s programme, and how will the master´s programme contribute to this?

  • Are there any academic achievements relevant to Environmental Management that are not reflected in your degree certificate, for example: scholarships, awards, scientific publications or research funds which you have raised?

  • Do you have any work experience relevant to Environmental Management? Please describe the employment as well as your responsibilities and indicate the time spent.

  • Have you done any volunteer work related to Environmental Management? Describe the activity as well as your responsibilities indicating the year and duration.

  • Do you have any experience of working or studying abroad?

In the online application process, you should write a minimum of 3,000 and a maximum of 4,000 characters including spaces to address these aspects.

Project Outline 

The master's programme "Environmental Management" emphasizes the scientific foundations of environmental management. In the course of the research-based programme, students accomplish independent research projects (modules "Science Project 1" and "Science Project 2"). These projects focus on basic and applied research topics in the field of environmental management. Please outline a project idea that you would like to pursue at one of the institutes contributing to this master programme at Kiel University.

Please note that this is a first project idea; during your studies you will be able to refine your project idea based on the subjects taught and the contacts established within the programme.

You should write a minimum of 3,000 and a maximum of 4,000 characters including spaces to describe your project.

The project outline should follow the structure below:

  • What is the aim of the project?
  • How do you want to reach the aim of the project? Which methods do you want to apply?
  • Which resources will you need to implement the project?
  • Which results do you expect from the project?


We do not expect you to save the world; thus, we expect projects that address specific questions or environmental problems related to the topics we teach in the B sections. Therefore, the project outline should describe a project which can be accomplished within one semester, i.e. project outlines that try to solve global or national problems are beyond the scope of the project modules - save this for your professional time after finishing the study programme.


The application period for the EM edition 2021/22, i.e. start of the programme in October 2021, is open from February 15th to March 31st 2021.

Applications must be submitted
through our online application portal
available >> here <<

Please do not send any application documents by mail/email!

Documents to be provided:
- Scan of passport
- Proof of English language proficiency (i.e. language certificate)
- University degree certificate
- Official Transcript of records listing all classes
- CV (curriculum vitae) - max. 1 page!
- Proof of special achievements mentioned in your letter of motivation (i.e. work experience, voluntary work, scholarships, etc.)
- Letters of reference (not mandatory)
- APS Certificate: applicants from  China, Vietnam and Mongolia

All provided documents must be of high-quality and in the correct order (e.g., transcript of records). All incomplete applications and unreadable copies of certificates will be rejected.

Important note: Documents in languages other than English or German need to be provided in officially certified translations!

For further information please check Information for applicants



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If questions occur, please make sure you have checked the information for applicants section including the frequently asked questions section (FAQ).
For further enquiries please contact:

Prof. Dr. Tobias W. Donath
Olshausenstrasse 75, Room 211
Phone: +49 431 880 1198

Dr. Uta Ulrich
Olshausenstrasse 75, Room 215
Phone: +49 431 880 1268

Double-Degree programme in Poznan, Poland at AMU

The management of natural resources is increasingly impacted by global processes and needs efficient and sustainable concepts. Therefore, the development and study of potential concepts and their evaluation systems should be undertaken in a globally cooperative context. Consequently, international cooperation in the educational sector is crucial for tackling these issues which are global in scale and nature.

In order to fill this need, Christian-Albrechts-University (CAU) in Kiel and Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznan, Poland have decided to join forces to offer a double-degree MSc. programme, "Environmental Management".  Students participating in this programme will acquire extensive knowledge on natural diversity as well as expertise and experience in a variety of state-of-the-art methods relevant to environmental management.

How it works and what you will learn

Within the study programme, CAU students will have the opportunity to focus on "Hydrobiology" at AMU during their 2nd or 4th semester (both summer semesters), and AMU Students will have the opportunity to focus on ”Integrated Management of Natural Resources” at CAU during their 3rd semester (winter semester).

Students must spend one semester at the host university and obtain 30 ECTS. All study content is provided in English, and the master thesis can be conducted either at CAU or AMU. The programme aims to prepare students in the following ways:

At AMU, students:

  • are introduced to biological monitoring strategies and different methods for risk and toxicity assessment
  • gain knowledge of various protective measures for freshwater systems

At CAU, students:

  • learn core competencies, enabling them to handle complex, interdisciplinary problems on a regional, national, and international scale
  • use these competencies as part of an integrative approach taking environmental, economic and social issues in to account

Additionally, the programme design itself allows students as well as lecturers of both institutions to closely cooperate in teaching and practical courses. This close relationship produces professional and methodological synergistic effects, benefiting both students and faculty.

A proven track record of cooperation

In 2004, CAU and AMU started their cooperation, which has been intensified in the field of landscape ecology and hydrobiology. Since 2005, a regular exchange of students and lecturers has taken place as well as a yearly summer school conducted in Poznan. The "Environmental Management" programme represents a further step in cementing what is already a great academic relationship between these two institutions.

Other important information

Application deadline: middle of December

Accomodation: Rooms in a dormitory will be organized by the International Center of AMU. Renting a private room is possible, but you have to organize that yourself.

Estimated Costs:

  Estimated cost in Polish Złoty Estimate cost in Euro
Accommodation 425-1100 zł 100-255 euro
Students dormitory – single room 550-800 zł 130-255 euro
Students dormitory – double room 425 zł 100 euro
Single room in private dormitories 1090 zł 255 euro
Double room in private dormitories 735 zł 170 euro
Room in private houses (double or single) 500-1000 zł 115-235 euro
Transport 56 zł 13 euro
Ticket for one month 56 zł 13 euro
Food 600-1000 zł 140-235 euro
Lunch at the faculty canteen 12-14 zł Approx. 3 euro
Dinner in a café/restaurant 10-40 zł 2.5-10 euro
Students card 17 zł 4 euro
Total 1100-2200 zł 260-510 euro



Title ECTS Elective?
Ecotoxicology 3 No
European Environmental Protection Policy 3 No
Journal Club 3 No
Msc laboratory / Project 10 No
Standard methods in environmental protection 2 Yes
Biology and ecology of bioindicators 4 Yes
Modelling of aquatic ecosystems 3 Yes
Protection and restoration of water bodies 4 Yes
Relationships between organisms in the aquatic environment 4 Yes
Toxic threats of aquatic environments 4 Yes
Ecosystems under environmental stress 4 Yes
River courses, ecological implications of their transformation 4 Yes
Toxic effects of plant and animal substances 2 Yes
Toxicity of selected elements and compounds 2 Yes
Functioning and protection of water and wetland habitats 4 Yes
Study of inland waters - from theory to practice: Tools of assessment, protection and management 4 Yes
Summer School - Ecological state of the lake during restoration measures 7 Yes

Poznan - scholarships

DAAD-Scholarships to pursue double degree proramme at AMU in Poznan, Poland

EM-students, who want to pursue the double degree programme we offer in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU), have the opprtunity to apply for a scholarship that covers the costs associated with studying at AMU.

More detailed information is available here.

In case you are interested to take part, please do not hesitate to contact us via

Baltic University Programme

The Baltic University Programme is a network of more than 90 universities in the catchment of the Baltic Sea. Kiel University is part of this network and this enables you to take advantages of the wide array of offered activities. Find out more on the official BUP webpage.

BUP Module Pool on Sustainability

The BUP universities in Greifswald, Kiel, Rostock, Zittau-Görlitz, Tartu and Uppsala launched a “BUP Module Pool on Sustainability” starting with the winter term 2021/22.
The diverse module pool offers an opportunity for exchange and joint learning across national borders providing multidisciplinary sustainability-related teaching modules from leading universities in the BUP. There will be an ample mix of modules addressing topics such as hydrology and climatology to questions regarding ethics and modern democracy.

To find out more about the module offer and description, application process and more details about the module pool, check out our website.
As EM students you will be able to get the courses offered in the module pool recognised for your study programme; to do so please use this form after you passed the exam.

In case you have further questions please contact us at

Exam regulations

Overview for EM examination regulations

Follow these links for the current examination regulations:

For students who have started the study programm in the winter term 2020/21 or later: German or in English.

For students who have started the study programm before the winter term 2020/21: German or in English.

The examination procedure regulations for all students at Kiel University can be found here in German and in English.

Notice: only the German versions are legally binding.


Exam Office (Prüfungsamt) of the Faculty Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences (AEF):

Hermann-Rodewald-Str. 4, Zimmer 18
Telephone: 0431/880-3209
Fax: 0431/880-7334
Office hours: Monday – Thursday  9 - 11 h 
    (You are welcome to stop by the office any time, even outside of these hours.)


Exam registration

When to Register**

  1. All examinations (written or oral exams) from modules offered by our faculty (module code including AEF) can be registered in three*** exam periods:
    • Modules from winter term: 1) February, 2) March/April, and 3) July 
    • Modules from summer term: 1) July, 2) October, and 3) February
  2. All other academic examination equivalents in the forms of papers, reports, projects, or presentations must be registered - without exception - for the 1st examination period of the semester, regardless of the submission deadline set by individual professors.


** Go to this website for exact dates for the registration period.

***Other faculties (i.e. Mathematics and Natural Sciences faculty- MNF) usually only have two exam periods; this is of relevance for modules with codes containing MNF or biol.

How to Register

As a regular student please register in the HIS Online-Portal/ QIS (the university portal for students, teachers and employees) for each exam.

Only in the case that online registration is not possible - is the case for all ERASMUS-students - please use this form, fill it out and hand it in at the examination office of the AEF; to register for the exams of modules of other faculites than the AEF that are not listed in the HIS Online-Portal, please visit the examination office's homepage of the offering faculty for detailed instructions:

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

There you choose the link " Examination Office Geography " for the modules coded MNF[...] and the link " Examination Office Biology " for modules coded biol[...].


Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences


There are certain restrictions on the freedom to choose when to conduct exams:

  • Oral exam (the exam period is your decision)
  • Written exam (the exam period is your decision)
  • Report (must be the 1st exam period)
  • Seminar paper (must be the 1st exam period)
  • Assignment (must be the 1st exam period)
  • Science Project 1 & 2 (must be the 1st exam period)

Failed Examinations

  1. Students have 3 attempts to pass an examination.
    • There is no chance to repeat a passed examination.
    • Repetition is only possible if you failed an examination.
    • You have to register in the HIS Online-Portal for a second try if you want to repeat the examination. You are not automatically re-registered after you failed an examination. It is not mandatory to register immediately for the next examination period, but be aware that registration for winter term courses are only possible for the 1st examination periods at the end of the winter term, for the 2nd examination period at the beginning of the summer term or for the 3rd examination period at the end of summer term (There is no additional examination period for winter term courses at the beginning of the winter term). This applies analogously to the examinations of the summer term courses.
  2. Pursuant to § 11 PVO, you can apply for a third retake ("Joker") for a total of two examinations during your entire period of study at Kiel University, without having to present special reasons for this. This option does not apply to the Master's thesis. It is not permitted to use both "jokers" for the same examination. You will not receive any additional "joker(s)" if you change your degree programme or take a second degree within CAU.

Cancelling/Missed (due to illness) Examinations

  1. Only for written tests:
    • It is possible to cancel a written examination until the 8th day before the day of the written test. This is done in the HIS Online Portal.
  2. In cases of illness:
    •  In case a student is ill for an examination, two official medical certificates ("Ärztliches Attest") need to be sent to the exam office within 4 days of the missed exam (Saturday, Sunday, high days, and holidays are not included).
    • Example: The student has an oral exam on Thursday, then the deadline to submit the two official medical certificates is the following Tuesday. The exam grade will initially show up as a failed exam, but after the forms have been accepted, the examination will no longer show up as a failed examination.
    •  Find the medical certificates here.


Recognition of modules

Despite the wide variety of courses offered in the sections B and C you may come across interesting modules from other study programs not included in the sections B and C of EM. Still you may want these courses to count for these sections and substitute other modules listed in the exam regulations. In this case, please contact the coordinators ( before you choose the module and find out if the module really can be recognised for the sections B or C.

If so, you have to fill out this form and have it signed by the study program coordinators.


Master's Thesis

Please refer to §12 of the examination regulations and examination procedure regulations for detailed information about the master thesis regulations. For a quick overview please see the Environmental Management Thesis Information Guide. To register your master's thesis please use this form.

Before you are allowed to register and officially start your Master's Thesis you have to have 60 ECTS collected.

Who can be a supervisor/reviewer? In a nutshell:

First supervisor/reviewer: Has to be a professor or PD (Privatdozent:in). Should be preferably member of the CAU and preferably lecture in EM - in case the latter two preconditions are not fulfilled, please contact the study coordinators for clarification.

Second supervisor/reviewer: Has to hold a at least a M.Sc. in Environmental Management or a related subject area - often this will be a PhD-student who does her:his PhD in a research project; in case she:he is not member of the CAU, please contact the study coordinators for clarification.


At the end of your studies

  1. Please check whether your surname and first name in the campus management system match the details in your passport.
  2. Your final degree documents must be issued with the information from your passport.
  3. Please find out in due time whether you need a legalization or an apostille for the recognition of the degree documents in your home country. 
  4. The exam office prepares the original documents and the pre-certification, then the documents must be forwarded to Mr. Steltenkamp.  (Ministerium für Inneres, ländliche Räume und Integration, Düsternbrooker Weg 92, 24105 Kiel,  Email:, Telephone: 0431 988-2802)
  5. After processing by Mr. Steltenkamp, the exam office does not receive the documents back. Please grant a power of attorney to a person you trust if you leave Germany before issuing the final documents.

Science Projects 1 and 2

All students of the Environmental Managment master’s programme have to participate in the two modules "Science Project 1" (2nd semester) and "Science Project 2" (3rd semester). Projects are mainly research-oriented. Each of these modules has 6 ECTS points, equivalent to a workload of 180 hours. Students will develop their competences to define, plan and carry out independent projects. They will acquire the competences to adequately communicate the results of their projects to the scientific community as well as to the general public.

To download the form to register for Projects 1 and 2, please click here.