... which is all about "protecting resources and adapting them to climate change."
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Duration of studies
3 semesters (90 ECTS)
Language of instruction
Freising - Weihenstephan (Bavaria, Germany)
Programme start date
Winter semester (October)
Climate change poses a major threat to all aspects of life on Earth: nature and humans are under pressure. Findings regarding this phenomenon are alarming and indisputable, and facets of it are present everywhere. While the knowledge base about the dimension and dynamics of climate change is constantly growing and the reasons and driving forces are generally well understood, the management of climate change is a complex challenge. Interdisciplinary skills are necessary in order to develop mitigation and adaptation strategies in the realm of land-use and nature management. The MCC focuses on solution-building for climate change mitigation and adaptation at farm to landscape level.
3 semesters (90 ECTS). Depending on the entry qualification (bachelor degrees with less than 210 ECTS), acquisition of additional credits through an internship is required, which increases the duration of the course to a total of four semesters (120 ECTS).
The language of instruction in the M-CCM degree programme is English. An English-language certificate at level B2 (CEFR) is required for the application.
Non-German-speaking students also receive instruction in German in preparation for the practical semester. A German-language certificate at least at level A1 (CEFR) must be presented by the end of the studies.
The course consists of three semesters with many practical elements. Studies always start in the winter semester on 1 October of each year.
Please note that the module handbooks are updated at the beginning of each semester. The applicable module handbooks for any given semester are the handbooks published at the beginning of that semester.
The admission requirements for the master's degree programme are as follows:
To support their application for the Climate Change Management degree programme, applicants who completed their undergraduate degree outside of Germany will need to obtain a preliminary review documentation from uni-assist (Vorprüfungsdokumentation – VPD).
Detailed information is available on our Website for International Applicants.
An uni-assist evaluation report cannot be accepted instead of the VPD!
Applications are submitted online via the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences application portal. The application period for a course starting in the 2022 winter semester (1 October) is from the beginning of May to 15 July.
We recommend that prospective students who need to apply for a visa submit their university application as early as possible.
Application deadlines, further information and the link for online applications can be found on the university’s main application page.
Climate change is the biggest future challenge at global as well as regional levels. Therefore, experts who are capable of covering all aspects of climate change mitigation and adaptation for specific sectors of society are urgently needed. We are convinced that the Master's degree programme in Climate Change Management will offer a very relevant and timely interdisciplinary extension to more subject-focused BSc degrees. This concept should give MCC graduates a competitive advantage regarding future career options. Possible professional fields include the following areas:
We foresee e.g. the inclusion of CO2-balances in impact assessments as well as the need for voluntary carbon credits for the compensation of emissions (see e.g. wetland restauration for climate protection), which can only be designed based on solid knowledge of background and international criteria. Moreover, more and more cities claim climate neutrality as a goal, which can only be achieved by including landscape planning solutions.
Forest owners and authorities such as the Bavarian State Forestry Agency (BaySF) face the challenge of developing their forests towards productive and climate-resilient systems, while maintaining multiple ecosystem services to society. MCC graduates with a Bachelor's degree in forestry will be in high demand to cover this topic, both within the state and private forestry sectors.
Saving forests worldwide from destruction and securing carbon storage requires expert knowledge to link sustainable forest management and international funding mechanisms.
Training in agricultural schools, agricultural consulting, and company operations and development towards a climate-smart agriculture will be enormous potential job options for MCC graduates. Moreover, agricultural administration jobs can also be included as employment opportunities.
Applied research at universities and federal research agencies will also be a growing employment option for science-focused MCC graduates.
There is a constantly growing international labour market devoted to climate change issues. International consulting firms, institutions, and programmes offer positions for climate change experts. Among those are the following institutions: GIZ, CIRAD, CIFOR, FAO, UNEP, WMO, UNFCCC-Secretariat, Mazingira-Institute, CATIE, ICIMOD. Within these institutions, climate change topics are addressed at multiple spatial and theme-based scales. It is expected that professionals with a master’s degree in Climate Change Management will be sought after to fill advisor positions in their home countries to help implement climate-specific policies and programmes.
Climate Talks (winter semester)
Am Hofgarten 6
T +49 8161 71-3657
F +49 8161 71-5114
Fakultät Wald und Forstwirtschaft
T +49 8161 71-5901
F +49 8161 71-4526