Uni Bonn / UNU-EHS: Call for Applications – Master of Science Programme “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security”

The United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the Department of Geography of the University of Bonn (GIUB) are pleased to announce the call for applications for the International Joint MSc Programme “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security.”

The main purpose of the 2-year Master of Science programme is to provide postgraduate students with detailed knowledge, critical understanding, strategies and the tools required to take an interdisciplinary approach towards environmental risks and human security. The Master’s programme content addresses theoretical and methodological debates in geography to better understand the complex emergence of environmental risks and natural hazards and their implications for human-nature relations (vulnerability, resilience, adaptation) and how to deal with them in practice. Jointly organized by the Department of Geography and the United Nations University in Bonn, it provides a unique combination of advanced conceptual and applied engagements with the field of environmental risks and human security in an international context. An internship of at least 8 weeks is a compulsory part of the programme.

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 122 students from 26 different countries have been studying within the Master’s programme.

The programme’s primary goals are:

  • Theoretical and methodological expertise in the field of environmental risks and human security combined with practical experiences;
  • Strong focus on developing countries/ Global South;
  • Intercultural and interdisciplinary learning environment;
  • Possibility to engage in ongoing research projects at both institutions;
  • Close cooperation with the UN system & international organizations.

The Master programme offers great visibility and exposure to international organizations, federal agencies, academic and non-academic research organizations, as well as private companies and corporations involved in disaster risk reduction and preparedness, humanitarian aid, international relations, research on climate change, food security, spatial planning, and policy. Future career options may arise in all of these thematic fields depending on individual preferences and career goals.

For more detailed information about the MSc Programme, as well as information on the admission process, please consult our official website and FAQ.

The Joint Master Programme has an annual intake. The next programme will start in October 2017. Applications are accepted during the application period from November 2, 2017 to January 15, 2018. Please compile the documents for your individual application as outlined on our website – section APPLICATIONS or FAQ – in a single PDF file and send it via email to master-georisk@ehs.unu.edu

Complete applications must be received by January 15th, 2018, 23:59 CET (Central European Time) in Bonn, Germany. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All candidates get a notification on their application status by mid May 2017. For additional questions that are not covered by the FAQ please contact: master-georisk@ehs.unu.edu

Source: Notification UNU-EHS, 02.11.2017