UNU-EHS/University of Bonn International Joint MSc Programme

Deadline : December 15, 2020

Applications are open for the UNU-EHS/University of Bonn International Joint MSc Programme. The aim of the two-year Master’s of Science programme is mainly to provide postgraduate students with detailed knowledge, critical understanding, strategies and the tools required to take an interdisciplinary approach towards environmental risks and human security.

The Master’s programme addresses theoretical and methodological debates in geography to better understand the complex emergence of environmental risks and natural hazards and their implications for human-nature relations (vulnerability, resilience, adaptation) and how to deal with them in practice.

As a joint programme by the Department of Geography of the University of Bonn and the United Nations University in Bonn, the course provides a unique combination of advanced conceptual and applied engagements with the field of environmental risks and human security in an international context.

Fields of expertise include Vulnerability Assessment, Ecosystem Services, Sustainable Development, Disaster Management, Climate Change Adaptation, Human-Nature Relationships, Science & Technology Studies, Development Geography, Geomorphology, Socio-Hydrology, Future Studies, GIS and Remote Sensing.


This Joint Master’s is part of a selected group of international postgraduate programmes that benefits from the EPOS funding scheme offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). They will be able to offer a certain number of fully-funded scholarships to students from developing countries.

  • This Joint Master’s is part of a selected group of international postgraduate degrees that benefits from the EPOS funding scheme offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
  • A number of fully-funded scholarships can be offered to students from developing countries for through this scheme

Eligible candidates should fulfill the following requirements in addition to the general eligibility criteria for the Master’s programme:

  • Candidates must come from an eligible Developing Country
  • You must have at least 2 years of work experience after the Bachelor’s and before applying for Epos programme
  • Applicants must have graduated from their Bachelor not more than 5 years ago
  • You must have completed no other Master in a similar field of studies
  • Wishing to apply the post-Master knowledge in career as practitioner (not in an academic area/PHD) further contributing to development
  • Being ready to fully commit to start with the Joint Master Programme once accepted by Joint Master’s selection committee and for funding through Epos

To apply for the scholarship, you will need to apply for the programme as well by submitting a separate application pack

  • The ideal candidate has a strong interest or experience in working in the field of human-nature relations and risk governance in the Global South.
  • Applicants from developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply.

This Programme consists of 12 modules, of which ten are taught in the first three semesters. This is then followed by a compulsory internship and the independent work on the Master’s thesis. An internship of at least eight weeks is a compulsory part of the programme.

Fields of study include:

  • Geographical approaches to risk, vulnerability and resilience
  • New approaches to development geography
  • Earth system science.
  • Qualitative & Quantitative Methods, as well as GIS & Remote Sensing
  • Social-ecological systems, Risk & Technology.
  • Risk management and governance, forecast & prediction.
  • Disaster management, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and humanitarian response.

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