MSc Environmental Management: Coastal Systems Specialization

General information

The Master of Science “Environmental Management” is designed to offer interdisciplinary education, which enables graduates to develop complex, efficient and sustainable management concepts to solve current and future environmental problems. This program encompasses several fascinating fields of research e.g. Nature Conservation, Soil Protection, Water Protection, Water Framework Directive, Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Environmental Monitoring or Sustainable Land-use.

The standard period of study for the Master’s degree programme is 4 semesters and comprises 120 ECTS credits. Students need to compelte a set of core modules and they can choose  to follow 2 out of 6 areas of specialization. One of these specialization areas is 'Coastal Systems'. In each area of specialization each student studies 3 modules. The specializations of the programme are:

  • Environmental Management
  • Coastal Systems
  • Systems Theory and Ecosystem Services
  • Ecohydrology and Geoecology
  • Human Development in Landscapes
  • Functional Ecology

B4 - Coastal Systems. The coastal zone is an area directly affected by physical, biological and biogeochemical processes with aquatic and terrestrial mechanisms. This area usually comprises the coastal waters as well as the hinterland adjacent to the coast that influences the coastal area. Coastal systems are highly productive areas, offering a wide variety of habitats and ecosystems services. The beauty and richness of coastal zones have made them major settlement areas and tourist destinations as well as important business zones. The modules in this section provide the necessary background to analyse abiotic and biotic aspects as well as the impact caused by variant anthropogenic land and sea use activities . Furthermore, other modules provide an in depth training in relevant methods to create the needed data basis to develop integrated management options for the coastal zone.

Students take 3 of the following modules:

  • Coastal Zone Dynamics 
  • Principles of Nutrient Dynamics in Coastal Areas 
  • GIS and Remote Sensing Applications in Coastal Zones 
  • Coastal and Marine Ecosystems - Field Studies 
  • Abiotic and Biotic Interactions in the Wadden Sea 
  • Coastal Evolution and Protection
  • Integrated Coastal Zone Management
  • Coastal Environmental Surveying
  • Wind Energy: Technological Challenges and Environmental Impacts


In an attempt to foster internationalized studies at the Kiel University this MSc. programme is offered as a double-degree in cooperation with the Irkutsk State University, Russia. This program facilitates students to benefit both from joint scientific and cultural input at the University of Kiel, Germany and Irkutsk State University, Russia. This double-degree programme is offered in combination with full or partial scholarships for successfull applicants.


The Master of Science "Environmental Management" programme offered by the Kiel School of Sustainability at the University of Kiel aims to train professionals in the environmental sector, enabled to work in interdisciplinary and international teams.

Students participating in the programme will:

  • acquire skills, assess and apply complex management concepts in order to solve today's and tomorrow's environmental challenges
  • increase understanding of environmental sciences how to apply this understanding
  • gain knowledge in natural sciences, including knowledge of methods in system analysis, modeling, geographic information systems (GIS) and data management
  • learn how to conceptualize adaptive management, including economic and social aspects
  • train "soft skills" by working in international and interdisciplinary teams
Contact Person: Dr. Uta Ulrich (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0031 - Project management", "0511 - Biology", "0521 - Ecology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management


Venue: Kiel University
Kiel, Germany

Kiel School of Sustainability
c/o Institute for Natural Resource Conservation
Olshausenstr. 75, D-24118 Kiel


Open from
1 Feb 2019 to 1 Apr 2019


There are no tuition fees, but every semester you will have to pay the "semester fee" of approx. 130 € to the “Studentenwerk” plus a one-off registration fee at the first registration at the CAU of approx. 60 € .

Having done this you will be able to get cheap lunches at the canteen (German "Mensa") and free rides with the public transportation within the greater area of Kiel.

Depending on the study programme you might additionally have to pay partial costs for excursions or field trips.

Monthly expenses for the cost of living in Kiel are approx. 600-800 € per month. As it may be difficult to find jobs, please take this into account for your budgeting!


General requirements

A Bachelor’s degree (B. Sc.) with a grade of “good” (German grading of at least 2.5) or higher, from the fields of natural sciences, economics, agricultural sciences, forestry, geography, engineering with particular relevance to the environment, or an equivalent degree in a related degree programme.

The bachelor´s degree is the basis for your application to this master´s degree programme at Kiel University.

Language requirements

As all classes are given in English, a good level of English (written and spoken) is mandatory.

Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in English. 

Accepted as proof of language proficiency are:

  • TOEFL® ITP (Paper-based test): 580 points (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • TOEFL® iBT (Internet-based test): 90 points
  • IELTS 6.5 points, no band less than 6.0 (International English Language Testing System)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
  • equivalent certificate (i.e. CEFR - C1)
  • 8 years of English classes at German Schools in "Sekundarstufe I und II"
  • a stay of 6 months in a native English speaking country
  • at least 1 year of studies at university in a country where English is a native language and the language of instruction is entirely English.

Subject-specific entrance test

Additionally to the academic and language requirements, a subject-specific entrance test assessed by the joint examination board of the Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel must be passed.

When applying, you are required to describe and provide proof of the aspects stated below, and include information on relevant knowledge and training skills. Please ensure you respond to these aspects as completely as possible, including details of why you have applied to study this programme, and details of how your experience and skills are relevant.

You need to consider the following aspects:

  • What are your professional aims after finishing the master´s programme and how will the master´s programme help you to achieve your professional aims?
  • Are there any academic achievements relevant to environmental management that are not reflected in your degree certificate, for example: scholarships, awards, scientific publications or research funds which you have raised?
  • Do you have any work experience relevant to environmental management? Please describe the employment as well as your responsibilities and indicate the respective period(s).
  • Have you done any voluntary work relevant to environmental management? Describe the activity as well as your responsibilities indicating the year and duration.
  • Do you have any experience of working or studying abroad?

In the online application process you will only have a maximum of 4.000 characters including spaces to answer these aspects.

For this programme, relevant work experience is welcome but not required. 

Application Procedure:

The application period for the academic year 2019/20 (start of the programme October 2019) will approx. be February until April 2019.

Please do not send any application documents by post or email as they will not be processed!

Attachments you are going to be asked for are:

  • Scan of passport
  • Proof of English language proficiency (i.e. language certificate)
  • University degree certificate
  • Official Transcript of records listing all classes
  • CV (curriculum vitae) - max. 1 page!
  • Proof of special achievements mentioned in your letter of motivation (i.e. work experience, voluntary work, scholarships, etc.)
  • Letters of reference (not mandatory)
  • APS Certificate: applicants from  China, Vietnam and Mongolia

All provided documents must be of high-quality and in the correct order (e.g., transcript of records). All incomplete applications and unreadable copies of certificates will be rejected.

Important note: For documents in languages other than English or German you need to provide officially certified translations!

Grant Opportunities:

We do not provide any scholarships, but you can find information on financial assistance on the website of the University. Students successfully enrolled in the MSc. "Environmental Management" are encouraged to apply for the double-degree programme as well as for the available full scholarships.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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