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Natural Resources Management and Development, M.Sc.

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  • 24 months
Köln, Germany
We offer a master degree in Natural Resources Management and Development at TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences). Global population, economic growth and on-going environmental deterioration put increasing pressure on the existing natural systems.
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Their ability to provide renewable resources such as food, water and energy is at risk and waning. This calls for specialists and leadership in order to develop and employ managerial, economical, governance, and technical solutions.

The profile of the Master's program in Natural Resources Management and Development at TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences) is application-oriented. The aim is to educate experts in the field of natural resources management. This requires a diversification of their knowledge and leads to the capability of cross-linked thinking. The answer to complex environment related problems requires economic and managerial competencies more than classical technical knowledge.

The consolidation of different disciplines has not only a methodological dimension but also a cultural and a human one since interdisciplinary team work requires capacities of sharing knowledge and effective communication.

Therefore, the study objectives are focused on

  • achieving a consistent and fundamental understanding of natural and social systems as a basis for the sustainable management of renewable natural resources;
  • defining and analyzing the risks and problems related to inadequate resource uses (land use, overconsumption);
  • selecting and applying the appropriate analytical tools, proper policies and management measures in a given economic, cultural, legal and environmental context on national to local scales;
  • selecting and applying the available resources allocation mechanisms (economic, spatial and strategic planning, political negotiations) in a problem-solving/oriented manner;
  • managing projects and processes related to natural resources management;
  • communicating effectively in multi-stakeholder, intercultural environments with all strata of society;

Programme Structure

Double Degree with Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí

  • The two years double degree program is offered in Mexico and Germany with Spanish and English as languages of instruction. 
  • The basic concept of the program is that it is fully based on the two existing Master's programs offered by Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (UASLP), Mexico and Cologne University of Applied Sciencs; namely the Mexican program “Multidisciplinary Postgraduate Program on Environmental Sciences – PMPCA” and the German program “Natural Resources Management and Development”.



Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Successful applicants to the Master’s program hold an undergraduate degree (at least B.A. or equivalent) in a suitable field, earned at a state or a state-recognized institution of higher education with a final cumulative grade of “satisfactory (3.0)” or better along with the proof of a program-related aptitude. 
  • The Examination Board decides on the suitability of the undergraduate degree.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    548 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 274 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    548 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 274 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Köln

  • 831 - 1300 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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