Our interdisciplinary Master's Program is unique in that you can choose a clear focus in either natural or social sciences, but at the same time learn to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries, to understand each others research problems and approaches. You develop an interdisciplinary community of practice which is essential to succeed in the complex field of climate change and social transformation.
We are looking for students with a deep interest in natural or social science aspects of climate change, but most importantly with the curiosity and enthusiasm for interdisciplinary work on climate risks and transformation to a resilient society. You should enjoy working and discussing with teachers and fellow students, and getting your hands on complex mathematical problem solving and modeling. For admission, you must have completed a relevant degree programme.
Environmental Systems Sciences / Climate Change and Transformation Science at the University of Graz
You can specialize either in physical climate sciences or in social and economic aspects of climate change. Your specialization is complemented by introductory courses in the respective other discipline. In a cross-cutting module, students from both specializations work together on interdisciplinary aspects such as climate risks and resilience. In a practical module you will experience solving real life problems in interdisciplinary teams of students. A comprehensive elective subject allows you to deepen your specialization, or gain deeper insight into the other field, or to broaden your knowledge beyond the two specializations and think outside the box.
Even more future? With the new master’s modules, you can turn your master’s programme into a Master’s Plus. To be exact, this means that in two semesters you can work intensively on a future topic of your choice.
Doctoral Programme of Natural Science – Faculty of Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education at the University of Graz
The Doctoral Programme of Natural Science – Faculty of Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education enables you to develop your research interests further and to perfect your methodological skills. You will work independently to investigate academic questions and contribute to the development of knowledge and innovation in your subject area.
Graduates of the programme are perfectly qualified to contribute to solutions across a wide range of professional contexts: They typically find employment in research and teaching, in governmental and non-governmental fields or in the private and industrial sector.
For admission to the master’s programme you must have already completed a first degree in a relevant subject area (e.g. Environmental Systems Sciences). Please see the curriculum for further detail.
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The interdisciplinary combination of natural sciences, social sciences and economics is unique!
You will study at a renowned, interdisciplinary institute with an outstanding international network. The program is embedded in the Field of Excellence Climate Change of the University of Graz: Here, more than hundred researchers investigate climate change, its risk for ecosystems and societies, and which economic, social, political and legal changes are necessary for a sustainable transformation towards a climate resilient society.
Graz is an exceptionally livable and attractive city with many international students. The proximity to the Alps offers excellent excursion destinations, and the Mediterranean is not far away either.