Requirements and Application

For application please visit the website of the UNU-EHS.

Important dates and notes

The Joint Master Programme has an annual intake. The next programme start will be in October 2020. Application is currently closed.

All candidates get a notification on their application status by March 2020.


Admission semester

  • Winter semester only


Applicants must possess a first higher education qualification (Bachelor’s Degree) in Geography or a related / comparable professionally certified study programme. Out of all higher education qualifications earned (Bachelor’s, Master’s, additional academic coursework, etc.) applicants must have accumulated at least 100 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) within courses related to the 3 following  areas:

  1. Human Geography and Social Sciences with a focus on spatial patterns, society, development;
  2.  Science methodology and empirical research methods;
  3.  Physical Geography, Geosciences and Environmental Sciences with a focus on Earth System Science.

A strong motivation to contribute to the area of Human Security and management of risks related to Environmental Change is a pre-requisite to study in this Master’s Programme. Applicants should be highly motivated to learn in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment.

Non-native English speaking applicants must prove sufficient proficiency in the English language.

For further details on the application and the requirements, please consult the FAQs.

Scholarship option

This Joint Master is part of a selected group of international postgraduate programmes that benefits from the EPOS funding scheme offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). We will be able to offer a certain number of fully-funded scholarships to students from “developing countries” for the student intake from 2017 onwards.


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