The Master Cluster "Environment and Sustainability" comprises a broad spectrum of transdisciplinary research programmes in the fields of sustainability, environment and renewable energies. The degree programmes are research- and application-oriented and have a strong international focus. The Master Cluster is coordinated by the Centre for Environmental and Sustainability Research COAST.
Carl von Ossietzky University is one of the leading universities internationally in the field of renewable energies. The EUREC Agency cooperates with eight leading European universities that operate on an international level. The European Master in Renewable Energy trains students in the field of renewable energies. To this end, students acquire knowledge of the fundamentals of renewable energy technologies and deal with socio-economic issues surrounding their use. In the further course of the programme, students specialise in one technology and participate in a project in a company, the results of which are finally presented in Brussels.
The Master of Landscape Ecology is designed to be both research and practice-oriented and deals with the analysis of complex ecological relationships as a basis for ecological research and environmental precaution. Within this framework, students acquire various methods of recording, measuring, evaluating, modelling, assessing and planning. Students can specialise in the areas of functional ecology, restitution ecology, animal and plant ecology, soil and hydrogeoecology, water ecology, environmental planning and nature conservation. Qualities such as structured, theory- and hypothesis-based thinking, methodological and social skills as well as skills in communication and teamwork are promoted.
The Master Marine Environmental Sciences is research-oriented and deals with the biological, physical and chemical processes in marine ecosystems. Students learn analytical methods in the internationally active working groups of the institute and are given the opportunity to conduct independent research on current projects during their studies. Students are taught skills for the analysis of complex environmental systems and the application of knowledge in environmental management. The basis for this is the environmental and scientific education of this Master's degree with a focus on natural offshore and coastal systems. The degree programme is unique in Germany in this form.
The Renewable Energy postgraduate programme is internationally oriented and localised at the Institute of Physics. After graduation, students should have comprehensive knowledge about the use of renewable energy sources and their application, especially in developing countries. For this purpose, among other things, physical principles of renewable energy systems, the "technical realisation and economic conditions for the use of renewable energies, [the] practical testing of components of decentralised energy supply systems [and the] analysis and planning of concrete decentralised energy supply projects (case studies)" are taught.
The Master's programme in Sustainability Economics and Management takes a closer look at problems such as global warming, loss of biodiversity, epidemics and poverty in order to address current ecological and social challenges from a socio-economic perspective. This degree programme trains experts in sustainability. Founded in 2006, the "Oldenburg Center for Sustainability Economics and Management (CENTOS) serves as an interface to sustainability research. Possible specialisations in the Master's programme are Eco-Entrepreneurship, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Business and Environmental Informatics, Marketing and Economics. The modules contribute to linking environmental and sustainability aspects in economics, business administration and in the social and natural sciences.
The Master's degree programme Environmental Modelling is research-oriented and interdisciplinary and aims to impart methodological and strategic competences in the field of modelling and analysis of environmental systems. To this end, students learn mathematical, scientific, informatic and statistical methods that can be used in environmental research and supply as well as in environmental monitoring. The Master Environmental Modelling includes the development of models, data analysis methods and decision support systems. Methods of modern environmental modelling, environmental data analysis and environmental informatics, which are used in the discipline of sustainable economics, among others, are also part of the curriculum.