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MSc Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security

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About the degree program:

The Master of Science (MSc) Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security is jointly offered by United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security UNU-EHS and the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn as an international degree program with a research-oriented profile. The program is offered in English.

The two-year program uses an interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary approachon teaching students how to investigate and manage various resources related to environmental hazards by implementing science-based principles and methodologies to disaster risk management.

The degree program offers an in-depth introduction to problem-oriented research methods, theories and concepts as well as real life challenges and problems that international and UN organizations are facing. The curriculum draws from research areas such as vulnerability assessment, resilience analysis, risk management and adaptation strategies within linked human–environment systems, and environmentally induced internal displacement and transboundary migration. Learn more about our M.Sc program on the  UNU-EHS website.


Fields of study include:

  •  Geographical approaches to risk, vulnerability and resilience
  •  New approaches to development geography
  •  Earth system science
  •  Qualitative & Quantitative Methods, as well as GIS & Remote Sensing
  •  Social-ecological systems, Risk & Technology
  •  Risk management and governance, forecast & prediction
  •  Disaster management, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and humanitarian response


Since its launch in October 2013, a total of 166 students from 41 countries have been studying within the master's program.



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