Studiengang der Universität Augsburg
Course modules are subdivided into A, B, C and M. Modules A and B focus on environmental change and ecological change. The C module group addresses the interdisciplinary nature of global change, dealing with the integration of natural and social sciences. M courses aim at teaching practical skills and methods relevant for other courses. The language of instruction is English. I and S modules represent the unique opportunity to credit internships and science schools as a part of the program.
- A Environment: In this module group, students will have the opportunity to learn about global change. The focal point is placed on the physical and chemical aspects of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, the dynamics of climate change, recent and historical developments, land use change as a determining factor for biotic and material changes as well as biogeochemical cycles.
- B Ecology: Block B deals with issues of ecological change; in the associated modules, the ecological effects of global change will be addressed. Featured topics include the response of organisms and ecosystems, land use change and human impacts, as well as the impacts on species distribution within the framework of global change and changing environmental conditions.
- C Society: Global environmental changes have been directly caused by anthropogenic influences. Simultaneously, society also has to bear the consequences of climate change and ecosystem changes. The module block C deals with the global interplay between societal and ecological changes, including mechanisms of global economy, policy and governance related to climate, ecosystem services, land cover and land use change.
- M Methods: Methods courses are offered in order to deepen knowledge of methodological approaches in various elds, whereby the personal interests of students can be strengthened. The methods courses offered adhere to those applied in current global change research, including statistical modeling, time series analysis, remote sensing, spatial analysis tools, international environmental law as well as key soft skills and more.
- I Internships: The study of global change ecology is not only covered in course modules, but also includes the opportunity to gain practical experience via internships. Internships are possible within four main areas including economy, research, administration (national or international) and international organizations (including consortia).
- S Schools: Science schools aim at integrating students in current developments in the rapidly changing scientific field of global change research. Intensive external and internal courses allow for students to make direct contact with not only other lecturers and real-world practitioners but peers of other study programs, universities and countries.
Regelstudiendauer: 4 Semester
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To qualify for the international elite graduate program Global Change Ecology (M.Sc.) requires
- 1. an excellent Bachelor's degree in biology, hydrology, meteorology, environmental physics, environmental informatics, geoecology, landscape ecology, geography, science of forestry or agricultural science or an equivalent degree,
- and 2. the successful passing of an aptitude assessment test (Eignungsfeststellungsprüfung) for the international elite graduate program Global Change Ecology at the University of Bayreuth.
Global Change Research (Universities, Research Centers), National Administration (Federal Agencies, Landesämter), Political Consulting (Environmental Policy), Business Consulting (Risk Assessment, Due Diligence), Environmental/ Sustainability Departments of Companies (e.g. Food, En- ergy, Finance), International Non- Governmental Organizations, Scientific Management and Coordination