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Study Environmental Sciences in Germany

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Would you like to deal with global issues such as climate change, global warming, or water pollution on a scientific level? If the answer is yes, studying environmental sciences could be a good fit for you. In your interdisciplinary degree programme, you will study processes in the environment that can be traced back to human actions. You will learn to analyse these processes and, based on this, to develop solutions for ecological problems.


67 Higher Education Institutions

Bachelor, Master

German, English

2-8 Semesters

What content can I expect

When you study environmental sciences, you come into contact with a wide variety of scientific disciplines. On the one hand, you learn the basics of the natural sciences, especially biology, chemistry, and physics. Geography will also be touched on, for example in connection with the global ecosystem. On the other hand, you will become familiar with course content from law, such as environmental law. In addition, sociological aspects, especially from politics, as well as basic principles in economics will be part of your studies. These very different aspects are prioritised differently by the higher education institutions: Whereas some courses of study focus on the natural sciences perspective, others put an emphasis on the social sciences. Therefore, it is advisable to take a close look at the individual programmes when deciding on where to study. In addition to these considerations, the following subject areas also exist:

  • Sustainability sciences (ecological)
  • Nature conservation, environmental protection

A degree in the environmental sciences will allow you to find jobs in various different sectors and areas, regardless of your chosen focus. Your future employer may be a non-governmental organisation active in environmental protection, or an architects’ office, construction firm, or city planning office – they all need environmental scientists. You can also consider making a career for yourself in research or teaching. However, to teach in Germany, you must also study a subject that explicitly qualifies you for a teaching profession.

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