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Environmental Systems Sciences Geography – Applied Human-Environment-Research

Course outline, qualifications and competences

The Master’s Degree Programme in Environmental Systems Sciences Geography – Applied Human-Environment Research enhances and deepens the students' theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the specialisation areas of geography, geographical technology, systems science and interdisciplinarity. Moreover, students may also specialize either in geography and climatology (mountain geography, geomorphology, climatology, hydrology, natural hazards research, monitoring and modelling) or in sustainable urban and regional development (models, conflict areas, strategic planning and urban and regional development, tourist development and planning, communication with various stakeholders). This programme includes the systems sciences, with a particular focus being placed on methods to integrate systems, assess and model sustainable development, and reduce hazards and improve living conditions in the man-environment system. Students are able to design their own environmentally oriented elective subjects. This enables them to individualize their qualification profile, while havin the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary team during an internship, where they are faced with real-world problems, encourages them to apply the acquired competences to concrete and ongoing problems.

Expected results

Graduates of the Master’s Degree Programme in Environmental Systems Sciences - Geography Applied Human-Environment Research will have acquired comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge and will be experts in their area of specialisation (geography and climatology or sustainable urban and regional development). Their interdisciplinary education will enable them to deal with complex systems, to translate these into models and to assess their structure and dynamics. They will be able to expand on and to apply sustainable courses of action.


Because the course offers at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning have changed, it has been necessary to adapt the ESS Geography 11W model curricula to ensure that students can complete the programme within the minimum study period. Regarding the two areas of specialisation "Mountain and Climate Geography" and "Sustainable Urban and Regional Development", we recommend that students use the updated model curricula as a reference.


Klaudia Kramer

Institut für Umweltsystemwissenschaften

Merangasse 18/GF
8010 Graz

Phone:+43 316 380 - 1037

Mon & Wed 9.00-12.00; Tue & Thu 9.00-12.00, 13.00-15.00
Tue and Thu afternoon or via Skype (reservation required in advance!)

University degree
Master of Science „MSc“

4 semesters / 120 ECTS-CP
(CP = credit points)

Teaching language

Index number
UB 066 638

Faculty of Environmental and
Regional Sciences and Education

Type of study programme

Qualification level
Master (2nd study cycle)

Appropriate bachelor’s
degree or equivalent

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