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Teaching and Assessment

The program consists of lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory sessions, excursions and projects. A mixture of assessment modes will be used: written and oral examinations, longer term papers, and field and laboratory exercises. The program is modularized and assessed according to the European credit transfer system (ECTS) standard.

Program Structure

The two-year program (4 terms) is structured in three phases: In the first phase (1st and 2nd term), the basic (inter-)disciplinary knowledge is the main focus in order to allow students with different backgrounds to obtain equal grounds in the different aspects of environmental science. Therefore, these first two terms mainly comprise mandatory courses, which cover 60 ECTS points in total. In the 3rd term, student will concentrate on the optional part of the curriculum. A wide variety of elective courses and project oriented research will be offered in each of the key areas of the program to meet the interests of the students. In the forth 4th term, the students will work on their master's theses, a 6-months research project in one of the research groups involved in IMES.

1st and 2nd term

Module

Course Structure (Changes might apply)

 

Winter Term (1st Term)

Summer Term (2nd Term)

 Module Atmosphere I

 

Meteorology I

Meteorology II

 

 

 

 Module Atmosphere II

 

Chemistry of the Atmosphere 

 

 

 Module Biosphere

 

Ecology I  

Ecology  II

 

 Module Environmental Medicine

 

Environmental Medicine I

Environmental Medicine II

 

 Module Environmental Law

 

Introduction to Environmental Law

International Environmental Law

 

 Module Environmental Management

 

Environmental Policy and Management

 

 

 

 Module Environmental Politics

 

 

EU Environmental Policies and Policy-Making 

Political Ecology

 

 

 

 Module Environmental Cultural Ecology

 

Introduction to Human and Environment Relations 

Basic Concepts of Research in Hazard, Vulnerability, (…) Risk Management

 

 

 

 Module Environmental Economics

 

 

Energy, Resources, (…), and the Economy

 

 

 

 Module Environmental Education

 

Basic aspects of environmental education

Didactics of excursions

 

 

 

 Module Geosphere

 

Introduction to Environmental Geophysics

Landscape Formation

 

 

 

 Module GIS

 

 

 

GIS

 

 

 

 Module Physical Hydrology

 

Physical Hydrology

 

 

 

 

 Others

 

Introduction to Environmental Statistics

 

 

Excursions

Excursions

3rd term

During the third term, each student is required to choose 2 advanced modules from the key areas of IMES, each module comprising 12 ECTS points and an integrated course of advanded environmenatl sciences (6 ECTS). At the end of the summer (2nd) term, a meeting is scheduled to discuss decisions on modules for the 3rd term.

For more details regarding the Modules (See Downloads)

4th term

During the last term, the student will work on an independent scientific project in one of the IMES-associated research groups. At the end of the 3rd term, a meeting is scheduled to discuss chosen master topics and supervisors as well as starting dates (preferably March 1st or April 1st). The topic is then officially issued by the IMES examination office. Within 6 month of the starting date, the student will submit 3 copies of the thesis (written in English) to the examination office. Preferably within 6 weeks of submission, there will be an oral defense of the thesis in front of a thesis committee consisting of the 2 referees and one professor from the examination office.