Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Sciences

Information about the Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Sciences

Before application: Self-Assessment

Relevant Additional Information

Infobox Admission

Quick Facts about the Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Sciences


  • Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Sciences

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Course Language(s)

  • Courses are held in English (100%)

Admission Semester

  • International students (non-EU students): only winter semester
  • EU- and German students: winter semester and summer semester

Beginning of Programme

  • Winter semester (October)

Programme Duration

  • Four semesters (two years)

Application Deadline

  • International students: 31 May for winter semester
  • German students: mid March  for the summer semester and 1 September for winter semester


Description of Content

The Master's programme in integrated Environmental Sciences (ES) is designed for undergraduates in environmental, life and geo-sciences who intend to specialise in different fields of environmental assessment, monitoring and management issues. Based on sound methodological skills and systems analysis, the students will be trained for jobs in public authorities, private agencies, relevant sections in related industries, insurance companies and others. In addition, the Master's degree entitles the graduates to follow a scientific career in universities and research institutions.

The programme offers three alternative fields of specialisation:

  • Environmental Monitoring and Pollution Assessment (ES 1):

Exposure of environmental systems to climate change, chemical environmental analysis, impact of toxic substances, disturbance of feedback processes, assessment of cause-and-effect chains

  • Environmental Remote Sensing and Modelling (ES 2):

Use of remote sensing systems for assessing and monitoring the environment, focused on both the atmosphere/climate system and terrestrial ecosystems; integration of process models and spatial data analysis (GIS)

  • Environmental Conservation and Restoration Management (ES 3):

Management strategies for nature conservation as well as dumpsite reclamation and remediation


Course Description

Educational Organisation

The Master's programme in Environmental Sciences (ES) is a full-time programme designed to last two years (four semesters). Based on a common teaching scheme in the first semester, the programme offers three alternative fields of specialisation from the second semester onwards:
- Environmental Monitoring and Pollution Assessment (ES 1)
- Environmental Remote Sensing and Modelling (ES 2)
- Environmental Conservation and Restoration Management (ES 3)
The study programme includes both compulsory and optional courses, so that the enrolled student can develop individual fields of competence and qualification.
A variety of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars or laboratory work are offered.
The Master's programme is completed with a thesis, to be written in the selected field of specialisation. The Master's degree will be awarded based on the credit points acquired during the two-year-programme and the results of the Master's thesis.
The successful graduate from this programme will be qualified to begin national or international PhD programmes.

Forms of Assessment

Oral and written exams, practical exams, reports and talks for every semester. At the end of the programme the Master's thesis is to be written.

Study Abroad Unit(s)

No obligatory study units abroad but recommended



Diploma Supplement


Course-related German Language Courses


Course-related English Language Courses



Language Requirements

  • English Language test required: Applicants must provide proof of their English skills: TOEFL 550 (paper-based), 215 (computer-based), 80 (internet-based), CAE or equivalent
  • No DSH / TestDaF Required
  • IELTS (min. 6)

Academic requirements

  • Degree (BSc or equivalent) in environmental sciences or similar
  • personal statement

Application documents

Please click here for the application documents and further admission information.


Relevant Additional Information

Arrival Support

The International Office at Trier University (Akademisches Auslandsamt) offers a three-and-a-half week orientation programme before the start of the semester. It has four key components: German instruction on four different levels, completing important administrative formalities, various information events as well as a supplementary social and cultural programme.

Information concerning the preparation of the stay in Trier, advice on travelling to Trier and details about our student buddy programme can be found on the website

Services and Support for International Students

Throughout their studies, comprehensive support for international students is given by the International Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt). The IO provides information on administrative and practical issues as well as individual counselling.
Practical language tuition during the whole semester is offered free of charge by the Department of German as a Foreign Language.
In cooperation with the student union's International Centre (Internationales Zentrum), we offer a broad range of social and cultural activities, such as day trips, language exchange programmes or a host family programme.

Further Information:
Contact: aaauni-trierde


Accommodation is available in student halls of residence through the Students Services Office (Studierendenwerk Trier: or on the private market (e.g. Housing costs vary between approx. 200 EUR (basic dorm room) and 350 EUR (single apartment).

About the University

The University of Trier was founded in 1473 and reopened in 1970 as a modern campus university. Built on a high plateau overlooking the Moselle River and surrounded by luscious green nature, it is said to be one of Germany's most beautiful campuses. Faculty and departmental buildings are grouped around the Forum and the Central Library, to which they are connected by bridges.
The University of Trier has a strong focus on the humanities, social sciences and economics, but is steadily strengthening its environmental sciences programmes. There are six faculties which together cover more than thirty subject areas. Many research projects are interdisciplinary in nature and embedded in global networks.
With its roughly 1,000 employees and 15,000 students (including more than 10% international students), the University of Trier embraces contrast: young, yet true to tradition; internationally oriented and regionally rooted; on the geographic edge of Germany, but in the heart of Europe.

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About Town

Trier is situated in the western part of the federal state Rhineland-Palatinate in the Moselle valley. The city is proud of its rich history, which is reflected in its museums and its many historical sites. Thanks to its landmark, the Porta Nigra, the Trier Cathedral and other significant architectural monuments, Germany's oldest city has been declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.
Today's cityscape is a fusion of history and modern lifestyle, not least characterised by a vibrant student life. With bars and cafés and a colourful range of cultural offerings and festivals, Trier is a tourist attraction with international appeal and a beautiful place to live for the city's 100,000 residents.
The economy of the city is characterised by a few major enterprises and many medium-sized businesses.
Its proximity to Luxembourg, an important financial centre and the site of several EU institutions, as well as to France and Belgium put Trier in the heart of Europe. Nine twin towns and cities across Europe, Asia and the USA attest to Trier's international orientation.

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