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Global Change Ecology
Graduate Program (M.Sc.)
within the Elite Network of Bavaria

Why Global Change Ecology (M.Sc.)?

The program is devoted to understanding and analysing the most important and consequential environmental concern of the 21st century; namely, Global Change. Problems of an entirely new and interdisciplinary nature require the establishment of innovative approaches in research and education.

Course modules focus on environmental change and ecological change and integrate natural and social sciences. A wide range of methods courses aims to learn practical skills and methods relevant in research and your future field of work. The language of instruction is English. Internships at high ranking institutions are a core component of the GCE curriculum and do not only provide practical experience, but also promote networking opportunities in the fields of research (e.g. DLR, MPI, UFZ), economics (e.g. Munich RE), international organisations as well as governmental (e.g. BfN, UBA) and non-governmental organisations (e.g. IPBES, GIZ, WWF).

Why you?

The courses in the graduate program require not only a keen interest, but also a high level of performance. Students are selected via a standardized aptitude assessment procedure that meets the highest international criteria. Finally, a select number of students who profit from excellent infrastructure and direct one-on-one communication with supervisors will be accepted.

Why Bayreuth?

The University of Bayreuth provides an excellent profile and background in "Ecology and Environmental Science" as well as "African Studies" as determined by the expert commission "Science in Bavaria 2020". The elite study program combines expertise of the Universities of Bayreuth and Augsburg, with that of Bavarian and international research institutions, as well as economic, administrative and international organizations.

Career Opportunities!

The program is unique in Germany from the standpoint of content and at the forefront with respect to international efforts. The goal is training of highly qualified leaders for tasks and problem solving in science, environmental protection, and with respect to political or economic decision making. A masterís degree in GCE acts as a springboard to socially relevant, innovative careers and leadership positions in nature and environmental protection, e.g. Global Change Research (Universities, Research Centres), National Administration (Federal Agencies), Political Consulting (Environmental Policy), Business Consulting (Risk Assessment, Due Diligence), Environmental/ Sustainability Departments of Companies (e.g. Food, Energy, Finance), International Non- Governmental Organizations, Scientific Management and Coordination.

After the graduation, the alumni organisation "Friends of GCE" connect the far-reaching network of people who have been involved in this international study program.

For more information on Global Change Ecology (M.Sc.) within the Elite Network of Bavaria please visit our website, or mail to gce(at) or call: +49 (0)921 55 2306

By Dr. Stephanie Thomas and Ms Sylvia Sproedhuber
M.Sc. Global Change Ecology within the Elite Network of Bavaria
University of Bayreuth, Germany