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

Projects 1 and 2

Exam regulations



Time schedule modules 2019-2020


The time schedules for first and third semester EM (without section E). Please cross-check with UniVis



3rd Semester


ERASMUS+ & Double-degrees with Poznan and Irkutsk

Information about funding and application issues can be found here.

Double-degree programme

In an attempt to foster internationalized studies at the Kiel University this MSc. programme is offered as a double-degree in cooperation with the Irkutsk State University, Russia. This program facilitates students to benefit both from joint scientific and cultural input at Kiel University, Germany and Irkutsk State University, Russia.


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

Please contact the EM coordinators Dr. Uta Ulrich or PD 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 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 at 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


How to apply for EM

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The application and examination regulations are currently in a reform process. Therefore, there will most likely be changes in terms of the requirements from the application period 2020 onwards - see below:


General requirements

To be eligible fo this study program 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.

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

Language requirements

Since all classes are given 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


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

  • 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 spend,

  • Have you done any voluntary work relevant 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 3000 and a maximum of 4.000 characters including spaces to address these aspects.

Project Outline 

The Master Program "Environmental Management" emphasizes the scientific foundations of environmental management. In the course of the research-based program, 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 program 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 program. 

You should write a minimum of 3000 and a maximum of 4.000 characters including spaces to decribe 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 moduls - save this for your professional time after finishing the study program.


The application period for the EM edition 2020/21, i.e. start of the program in October 2020, is open from February 15th to March 31st 2020.

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:

PD. 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

Exam regulations

Overview for EM examination regulations

Follow these links for the current examination regulations in 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 version is officially binding!)


Exam Office (Prüfungsamt)*

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)
*    This exam office is for Agrarwissenschaften, Ökotrophologie, Environmental Management, Applied Ecology, AgriGenomics and Dairy Sciences and all students which choose modules from our faculty.


Exam Regulation Information

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

How to Register

In case you are an ERASMUS-student you will be not able to register online but you have to download and fill out this form and bring it to the examination office.

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

  • 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)
  • Project (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. There will be no automatic application.
  2. Students will be granted a third attempt after a written application has been made for up to two module examinations. Any third attempt from a previous Bachelor‘s or Master’s degree program at this University will be recognized. 

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 Thesis Regulations:

Please refer to the examination regulations and examination procedure regulations above for detailed information about the master thesis regulations.

For a quick overview please see the Environmental Management Thesis Information Guide.


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.

Projects 1 and 2

All students of the Environmental Managment master’s program have to participate in the two modules "Project 1" (2nd semester) and "Project 2" (3rd semester). Projects have a mainly research-oriented focus. 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.