How to apply for EM

Scottland by L. Michelsen


!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