The Department of Geography at the University of Bonn and the United Nations University welcome applications for the International Joint MSc Programme in Germany for the 2022/23 academic year.
The main purpose of the two-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 addresses theoretical and methodological debates in geography to better understand the complex emergence of environmental risks and natural hazards, their implications for human-nature relations (vulnerability, resilience, adaptation) and how to deal with them in practice.
As a joint programme, the course provides a unique combination of advanced conceptual and applied engagements within the field of environmental risks and human security in an international context.
Worth of Award
A number of fully-funded scholarships can be offered to students from developing countries for through this scheme. Similarly, the Master’s 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.
Applicants must possess a first higher education qualification (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in Geography or a related/relevant academic field. Out of all achieved academic performances (Bachelor’s, Master’s, additional coursework, etc.) the majority of attended courses (as reflected in your transcripts) must be related to the three following areas:
- Human Geography and Social Sciences with a focus on spatial patterns, society, development;
- Science methodology and empirical research methods;
- Physical Geography, Geosciences and Environmental Sciences with a focus on Earth System Science.
How to Apply
A complete application package must include
- Motivation Letter: min. 1 – max. 2 pages, must be dated
– for EPOS applicants: must explain preferences if applying for more than one EPOS-funded programme
- Recent CV in EUROPASS format: in reverse chronological order, dates must correspond to attached references precisely, max. 3 pages.
- Academic Degree Certificate(s) [Bachelor’s or equivalent & Master’s if available]: in German or English, otherwise add certified translation – for EPOS applicants: must be stamped and/or signed by the issuing university on original document.
- Transcript(s) of Records [Bachelor’s or equivalent & Master’s if available]: in German or English, otherwise add certified translation
– must include a current, identifiable total average grade
– must include an overview of the applicable grading system (except for applicants from the German education system)
– include other academic credit such as exchange semesters, summer schools, etc.
–for EPOS applicants: must be stamped by the issuing university on original document or sent directly from Registrar’s Office to [email protected].
Furthermore, it should inlcude
- English Language Proficiency
- Academic Reference(s) (Recommended): Optional: at maximum two references by former university lecturers – in German or English, otherwise add certified translation – recent, dated, stamped, signed & must contain a letterhead
- Copy of Passport
- Other Relevant References (Optional): e.g. internships, previous employments, trainings, volunteering; at maximum three references but do not include school certificates.
Deadline: December 15, 2022 is the deadline for applications for the International Joint MSc Programme.