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Physical Geography: Environmental History

Physical Geography: Environmental History

Master

The appplication period for winter term has been extended to Juli 15h, 2020!

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The M. Sc. “Physical Geography: Environmental History" focusses on the reconstruction of environmental and climatic history as scientific expertise in this field is paramount today. The programme provides physical-geographical knowledge and skills that will enable you to analyse, interpret and evaluate the complex effects of natural and anthropogenic environmental changes on nature and society. Global environmental changes are one of the biggest social, political and cultural issues of the 21st century. In order to cope with their compl... more » more »


Basic data

Title on graduation

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard course length

4 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Language of delivery (mainly)

English

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

More information at Application and enrolment

Enrolment for new students

for winter semester

without restriction

Deadlines for applications/enrolment

30.04.

Enrolment for advanced students

for winter and for summer semester

without restriction

Deadlines for applications/enrolment

30.04. resp. 15.01.

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

The M. Sc. “Physical Geography: Environmental History" focusses on the reconstruction of environmental and climatic history as scientific expertise in this field is paramount today. The programme provides physical-geographical knowledge and skills that will enable you to analyse, interpret and evaluate the complex effects of natural and anthropogenic environmental changes on nature and society. Global environmental changes are one of the biggest social, political and cultural issues of the 21st century. In order to cope with their complexity, innovative and interdisciplinary approaches in teaching and research are developed to qualify you for linking natural and anthropogenic phenomena. Information about the past, obtained from natural, archaeological and historical archives as well as from instrumental data, enables you to understand how global climate and environmental changes affect natural and socioeconomic systems as well as to investigate future environmental development.

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

- Universities
- Public administrations
- Planning offices
- Adult and environmental education
- Media sectors
- Information technology

Teacher training (Lehramt)

No courses available for students training to be teachers at state-run schools

Possibilities for additional qualifications

It is possible to apply for a phd position in this field at the University of Bremen or elsewhere.

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

1. Semester - Introductory Phase
The introductory phase takes into account the different levels of knowledge and provides basic courses in the form of compulsory lectures and seminars as Consecutive Core Subjects in the disciplines of climatology, environmental physics, geosciences, limnogeology, prehistoric archaeology and vegetation history and archaeobotany.

2. Semester - Advanced Study Phase
In the advanced study phase the Consecutive Core Subjects are continued. Furthermore, computer-based analyses and visualization techniques of spatio-temporal data and processes are conveyed.

3. Semester - Individualisation Phase
The individualisation phase involves project work (Research Process II) as well as additional modules from the Additional Core Subjects with specialised lectures, exercises and field trips in the disciplines of marine environmental archives, soil science and regional environmental history.

4. Semester - Final Phase
In the final phase you work on your master thesis. If successful, the academic degree "Master of Science" (M. Sc.) is awarded.

Course schedule

1. Semester - Introductory Phase
The introductory phase takes into account the different levels of knowledge and provides basic courses in the form of compulsory lectures and seminars as Consecutive Core Subjects in the disciplines of climatology, environmental physics, geosciences, limnogeology, prehistoric archaeology and vegetation history and archaeobotany. The compulsory course Research Process I offers training in presentation techniques and provides a detailed overview of cutting-edge research publications related to the respective fields of the master programme.

2. Semester - Advanced Study Phase
In the advanced study phase the Consecutive Core Subjects are continued. Furthermore, computer-based analyses and visualization techniques of spatio-temporal data and processes are conveyed.

3. Semester - Individualisation Phase

4. Semester - Final Phase
In the final phase you work on your master thesis. If successful, the academic degree "Master of Science" (M. Sc.) is awarded.

Compulsory, elective and optional

Three out of six Consecutive Core Subjects starting in the first semester and ending with the second semester are elected.

In the advanced study phase the Consecutive Core Subjects are continued, closely interconnected and consolidated by means of research-based and hands-on training, particularly in the framework of field and laboratory exercises.

Typical course types

You will be trained in interdisciplinary lectures, seminars, projects as well as in laboratory and field courses. Lecturers are leading experts in their respective fields of science and will provide you with information about up-to-date research questions. Thus, you participate in ongoing research by working on own projects while preparing your master thesis.

Major fields

Climate change, Palaeoclimate, Limnogeology, Vegetation history and archaeobotany, Archaeology, Environmental Physics

Practical

You can combine your studies in Bremen with a study abroad or with an internship to gain a deeper insight into the research practice of environmental and climate reconstruction. Participation in ongoing research projects fosters an intensive interdisciplinary research experience and allows for the combination of the project module, the internship and the final master thesis in a meaningful way. These options enable you to develop your own individually tailored study profile in order to support your intended professional career.

Study abroad

You can combine your studies in Bremen with a study abroad or with an internship to gain a deeper insight into the research practice of environmental and climate reconstruction. Participation in ongoing research projects fosters an intensive interdisciplinary research experience and allows for the combination of the project module, the internship and the final master thesis in a meaningful way. These options enable you to develop your own individually tailored study profile in order to support your intended professional career.

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

Admission regulations

Admission

for new students

without restriction


for advanced students

without restriction


Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 30.04. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 30.04. for winter semester
  • 15.01. for summer semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

WiSe and SoSe

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

postgraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

sole subject

Degree/qualification

Master

Title on graduation

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard course length

4 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Federal law on support in education

4 Semester

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

English

Regulations

Examination regulations
Admission regulations

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

Expertise

Archaeology, Geography, Geosciences, Climatology, Environmental Physics

Teachers

9 male professors and 3 female professors in the subject. Additionally, 14 other scientific staff members.

Students

Status as of winter term 2016/2017: 25

Collaborations

Alfred Wegener Institute -  Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven

artec Sustainability Research Center, University of Bremen

Faculty 1: Physics and Electrical Engineering, Institute of Environmental Physics (IUP), University of Bremen

Faculty 5: Geosciences, University of Bremen

Faculty 8: Social Sciences, Institute of History, University of Bremen

Landesarchäologie Bremen

Lower Saxony Institute for Historical Coastal Research, Wilhelmshaven

Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (marum), University of Bremen

School of Mathematics and Science, Institute for Biology und Environmental Sciences, University of Oldenburg

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING

Description of subject

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

The M. Sc. “Physical Geography: Environmental History" focusses on the reconstruction of environmental and climatic history as scientific expertise in this field is paramount today. The programme provides physical-geographical knowledge and skills that will enable you to analyse, interpret and evaluate the complex effects of natural and anthropogenic environmental changes on nature and society. Global environmental changes are one of the biggest social, political and cultural issues of the 21st century. In order to cope with their complexity, innovative and interdisciplinary approaches in teaching and research are developed to qualify you for linking natural and anthropogenic phenomena. Information about the past, obtained from natural, archaeological and historical archives as well as from instrumental data, enables you to understand how global climate and environmental changes affect natural and socioeconomic systems as well as to investigate future environmental development.

Occupational fields and career opportunities

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

- Universities
- Public administrations
- Planning offices
- Adult and environmental education
- Media sectors
- Information technology

Teacher training (Lehramt)

No courses available for students training to be teachers at state-run schools

Possibilities for additional qualifications

It is possible to apply for a phd position in this field at the University of Bremen or elsewhere.

Objectives and contents of program

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

1. Semester - Introductory Phase
The introductory phase takes into account the different levels of knowledge and provides basic courses in the form of compulsory lectures and seminars as Consecutive Core Subjects in the disciplines of climatology, environmental physics, geosciences, limnogeology, prehistoric archaeology and vegetation history and archaeobotany.

2. Semester - Advanced Study Phase
In the advanced study phase the Consecutive Core Subjects are continued. Furthermore, computer-based analyses and visualization techniques of spatio-temporal data and processes are conveyed.

3. Semester - Individualisation Phase
The individualisation phase involves project work (Research Process II) as well as additional modules from the Additional Core Subjects with specialised lectures, exercises and field trips in the disciplines of marine environmental archives, soil science and regional environmental history.

4. Semester - Final Phase
In the final phase you work on your master thesis. If successful, the academic degree "Master of Science" (M. Sc.) is awarded.

Course schedule

1. Semester - Introductory Phase
The introductory phase takes into account the different levels of knowledge and provides basic courses in the form of compulsory lectures and seminars as Consecutive Core Subjects in the disciplines of climatology, environmental physics, geosciences, limnogeology, prehistoric archaeology and vegetation history and archaeobotany. The compulsory course Research Process I offers training in presentation techniques and provides a detailed overview of cutting-edge research publications related to the respective fields of the master programme.

2. Semester - Advanced Study Phase
In the advanced study phase the Consecutive Core Subjects are continued. Furthermore, computer-based analyses and visualization techniques of spatio-temporal data and processes are conveyed.

3. Semester - Individualisation Phase

4. Semester - Final Phase
In the final phase you work on your master thesis. If successful, the academic degree "Master of Science" (M. Sc.) is awarded.

Compulsory, elective and optional

Three out of six Consecutive Core Subjects starting in the first semester and ending with the second semester are elected.

In the advanced study phase the Consecutive Core Subjects are continued, closely interconnected and consolidated by means of research-based and hands-on training, particularly in the framework of field and laboratory exercises.

Typical course types

You will be trained in interdisciplinary lectures, seminars, projects as well as in laboratory and field courses. Lecturers are leading experts in their respective fields of science and will provide you with information about up-to-date research questions. Thus, you participate in ongoing research by working on own projects while preparing your master thesis.

Major fields

Climate change, Palaeoclimate, Limnogeology, Vegetation history and archaeobotany, Archaeology, Environmental Physics

Practical

You can combine your studies in Bremen with a study abroad or with an internship to gain a deeper insight into the research practice of environmental and climate reconstruction. Participation in ongoing research projects fosters an intensive interdisciplinary research experience and allows for the combination of the project module, the internship and the final master thesis in a meaningful way. These options enable you to develop your own individually tailored study profile in order to support your intended professional career.

Study abroad

You can combine your studies in Bremen with a study abroad or with an internship to gain a deeper insight into the research practice of environmental and climate reconstruction. Participation in ongoing research projects fosters an intensive interdisciplinary research experience and allows for the combination of the project module, the internship and the final master thesis in a meaningful way. These options enable you to develop your own individually tailored study profile in order to support your intended professional career.

Application and enrolment

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

Admission regulations

Admission

for new students

without restriction


for advanced students

without restriction


Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 30.04. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 30.04. for winter semester
  • 15.01. for summer semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

WiSe and SoSe
Formalities

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

postgraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

sole subject

Degree/qualification

Master

Title on graduation

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard course length

4 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Federal law on support in education

4 Semester

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

English

Regulations

Examination regulations
Admission regulations
Research and teaching

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

Expertise

Archaeology, Geography, Geosciences, Climatology, Environmental Physics

Teachers

9 male professors and 3 female professors in the subject. Additionally, 14 other scientific staff members.

Students

Status as of winter term 2016/2017: 25

Collaborations

Alfred Wegener Institute -  Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven

artec Sustainability Research Center, University of Bremen

Faculty 1: Physics and Electrical Engineering, Institute of Environmental Physics (IUP), University of Bremen

Faculty 5: Geosciences, University of Bremen

Faculty 8: Social Sciences, Institute of History, University of Bremen

Landesarchäologie Bremen

Lower Saxony Institute for Historical Coastal Research, Wilhelmshaven

Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (marum), University of Bremen

School of Mathematics and Science, Institute for Biology und Environmental Sciences, University of Oldenburg

Contact and counselling

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING