What did you study before the SEM Master?
What experiences in the field of sustainability did you have before starting your studies?
- Internship at the Wuppertal Institute
- Study focus on environment and sustainability in the Bachelor's programme of economics
How demanding or time-consuming do you find the SEM programme?
- As far as time is concerned: If you want to complete all your credits within the standard period of study, then studying is quite time-consuming. But it's up to you whether you want to reduce the number of credits per semester and then study longer.
- About the requirement: Thanks to my Bachelor of Economics, I wasn't overburdened with the compulsory economic modules in the SEM Master's programme. But for those who had done something different in their Bachelor's, one or the other module can certainly pose a greater challenge. But if you're determined to get behind it, you'll be able to do it.
What do you particularly like?
- What I particularly like about the SEM Master's is that there are not only compulsory modules, but also a range of options that allow you to shape your studies to a large extent according to your individual interests. For example, you can choose a course that focuses on economics or spatial planning.
- Another thing I particularly like about the SEM Master's programme is that students come to Oldenburg from all over the German-speaking world, have completed a variety of Bachelor's programmes and can therefore contribute a variety of perspectives to the courses. Ultimately, they are all united by the topic of sustainability. What's more, the SEM students are simply nice people - even beyond the semester and the degree.
What don't you like so much?
- The advantage that students from different backgrounds can use different skills and perspectives can also be seen as a disadvantage, because this means that most of the compulsory modules can only be designed as basic modules. But I think this is bearable, because you can actually always look for a way to deepen your knowledge of a topic if you've already heard the lecture material in a similar way during your Bachelor's programme.
What is the relationship between teachers and students?
- Overall, the relationship to lecturers at Oldenburg University is very good, because you can always contact the lecturers quickly.
- I mainly had to deal with competent, motivated and friendly lecturers.
- As a rule, it's also no problem at all to speak to a teacher if you have questions or need advice.
Would you recommend the SEM Master to others?
Why would you recommend the Master?
- If you want to do a Master's degree in sustainability (initially in economics) in the German-speaking world, there is not much choice. I can't say anything about programmes at other universities and colleges.
- But I can recommend the programmes offered in Oldenburg with a clear conscience: The programme is interesting and mostly of good quality, the modules offer a relatively wide range of options to suit your own interests, the study conditions are pleasant, the people are nice and the city is not all wrong!
Why would you not recommend the Master's programme?
- If you don't feel like taking economics modules at all, you're certainly not doing yourself any favours with the Master's.
- There is also room for improvement at the University of Oldenburg in terms of access to journals (for some there are no licenses).
What else would you like to comment on?
- Semesters abroad are possible and are often taken by individual SEM students. The university has a number of partner universities, but free-moving is also possible in principle.