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Master programme Environmental Sciences (E)

Content and focus of the degree programme:

The aim of the English-speaking interdisciplinary master’s programme in Environmental Sciences at the University of Vienna is to train future decision-makers in science, economy, public administration and in international organisations. These people are to be qualified to identify and analyse challenges and problems in the environmental sector from a natural sciences point of view and to deal with them in an interdisciplinary way. Graduates can have different educational profiles but will always have a system- and process-oriented, sound scientific education. The medium of instruction is English.

Higher education institution:
Universität Wien
Group of fields of study:
Natural Sciences
Degree programme:
Environmental Sciences (E)
Master programme
Academic degree:
Master of Science, MSc
4 Semester / 120 ECTS*

Further information:

Languages of instruction:
Student Union fee: EUR 20,20
Tuition fee - see Detailed information
Stay abroad:
Not compulsory
Type of higher education institution:
published in the:
MBl. 2009/10, Stk. 29 (Nr. 150), i.d.F. Stk. 41 (Nr. 269)

Additional information

interdisziplinäres Masterstudium in englischer Sprache

Definition of the field of studies

The degree programme in Environmental Sciences deals with the natural sciences basics of the relationship between man and the environment; the focus is on system-analytical understanding. Students will gain broad knowledge and skills in relevant areas of natural sciences, especially geo- and biosciences.


The degree programme starts with a compulsory module (Introduction I) and three groups of compulsory modules (Fundamentals, Systems, Integrated Knowledge), which serve the common development of basics of environmental sciences. After that students will consolidate their knowledge in groups of elective modules. These are “Biogeochemical Cycles and Global Change“ and “Environmental Pollution and Remediation“. The master’s thesis serves as a proof that the student is able to work on scientific topics autonomously and methodically. The master’s examination, which concludes the programme, takes place in the form of an oral defence of the thesis in the framework of a presentation before an examination panel.

Entrance examinations

The qualification of the applicants is tested in a three-step admission procedure. This includes the check of the formal requirements (e.g. bachelor degree in a relevant degree programme) and of the knowledge of English and a written examination of the subject-specific skills.

Supplementary examinations