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Please note: No applications are accepted for the summer term 2012 and the winter term 2012/13.
The Interdisciplinary Master’s Program Public and Private Environmental Management has been offered jointly by the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) of the Department of Political and Social Sciences and the Department of Law since 2002. Lectures and seminars offered by economists and other specialists from the larger academic and scientific community in Berlin and vicinity enrich our course offerings and provide for practical orientation.
The program targets students from the social and natural sciences.
Occupational activities in the environmental field – in the public as well as in the private sector – require transdisciplinary qualifications and an understanding of the modernization process of environmental policy. With it, an internationally comparative or European perspective becomes more and more important.
The study program connects to the following areas of research:
- Main focus areas of environmental protection: Climate protection, biodiversity, soil protection, clean air policies, waste management, nature protection
- Evaluation of new environmental policy approaches
- Environmental governance
- Applicability, reliability and impact of environmental policy measures
- Sustainable development and its operative and legal implementation
- Structures of international and European environmental policy and law
According to experience, jobs in the public and private sector constantly change their qualification profiles. Significance and emphasis of environment-related knowledge, skills and key qualifications often vary. Nevertheless, there are permanent core competences that the Master’s Program is trying to convey.
Students acquire diversified environmental knowledge which allows them to gain access to flexible fields of employment. They gain well-founded expertise of environmental policy, law and management as well as an understanding of these subject’s methods. Furthermore, competence is strengthened in interdisciplinary work, independent dealing with unfamiliar issues, and capacities for teamwork and communication skills.
During the two-year program, students have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects at the FFU and in this way to gain insights into current environmental policy matters.
The program’s study modules convey professional and interdisciplinary knowledge of public and private environmental management. In addition, key qualifications are evolved that are equally important for occupational practice as well as further academic qualifications.
These key qualifications are:
- Ability to work in a team
- Ability to transfer environmental science-related expertise to practical areas
- Ability to verbally and visually present and discuss work results; Ability to communicate, openness to dialogue
- Set-up and use of connections to contacts in companies, authorities or associations in context of research projects (“networking”)
- Goal-oriented and efficient acquisition of environment-related information and data
By exchanging students and teaching personnel with environment-related master programs at European, American and Asian universities, the program aims at becoming an internationalized program of study. Since 2007 students can take part in an exchange program with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and TERI University in New Delhi, India.
The master’s study program has been appraised and found “excellent” by representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency, Washington D.C., and representatives of five American universities with environment-related master programs.
Job Opportunities in Environmental Protection
The fields of research listed above are at the same time occupational fields of practice of the public and private sector. The environmental sector, environmental administration and enforcement authorities and scientific institutions all constitute possible areas of employment.
In addition there is growing attention from industry and the service sector in environmental protection and regulatory compliance. New fields within the environmental sector are continually being developed, making it one of the fasting growing sectors within the global economy.