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Environmental Systems Sciences with a focus on Economics

Course outline, qualifications and competences

The Master’s Degree Programme in Environmental Systems Sciences - Economics enhances and deepens the students’ knowledge of economics and systems sciences as well as their interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. In particular, students acquire knowledge of theories of environmental economics and resource economics, discussing topics that range from global change, climate change and politics, and the connection between technical and economical progress, sustainability and resource economics, to environmental and foreign trade. Furthermore, students acquire methodical knowledge of applied environmental economics (quantitative analytical tools for processing empirical questions about environmental and climate policies). This programme includes the systems sciences, and especially methods to integrate systems, assess and model sustainable development, and reduce hazards and improve living conditions in the man-environment system. Independently combinable, specialized elective courses offer students the opportunity to individualize and specialize their qualification profile. 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 - Economics will be experts in the field of economics and - at the same time - familiar with problems related to environmental and resource economics. 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.

Since the winter semester 2017/18, some of the courses offered in the ESS Economics master's programme are no longer offered due to the currently available Master's Degree Programme in Political and Empirical Economics (17W).

Here, you can find the currently valid recognition list.


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 066 949

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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