Course structure

Module Handbook of Master Programme Environmental Modelling

Course structure and content

Course structure and content

Students of the Master programme Environmental Modelling will acquire 120 credit points. During the first three semesters, students have to take courses worth 90 credit points. This is followed in the fourth semester by a six-month Master’s thesis and an accompanying seminar worth 30 credit points.


Introduction to environmental modelling6  CP
Fundamental skills18  CP
Profile module (choose one from:
  • environmental systems and biodiversity,
  • energy systems,
  • environmental and resource economics)
12  CP
Major subject18  CP
Modelling project6  CP
Supplementary modules18  CP
Internship/ research project12  CP
Master’s thesis30  CP

Total120 CP


The beginning phase of this programme (first subject-specific semester) focuses on the specific aspects of the mathematical, scientific and informatics-based disciplines that relate to environmental systems. Students may also acquire necessary skills they have not previously acquired during their Bachelor's studies.

The advanced studies phase (second and third semester) serves three educational objectives: Students can expand their knowledge about the interaction of various processes and the behaviour of environmental systems by tackling issues relating to environmental systems and biodiversity, energy systems as well as environmental and resource economics. Students have the opportunity to specialise and expand their knowledge according to their own inclinations in the following disciplines:

  • Process- and system-oriented modelling
  • Statistical modelling, 
  • Modelling of large systems

A small, largely self-directed research project introduces students to interdisciplinary environmental modelling. The ICBM supports students who choose to carry out this research project at another national or international university or research institute.
In the final phase of the programme (fourth semester), students independently prepare an academic Master’s thesis, which needs to be adequately presented and discussed.

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