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M.A. Environmental Studies Certificate Program

The Environmental Studies Certificate Program provides students pursuing a Masters degree from any disciplines with the opportunity to gain an additional interdisciplinary qualification in environmental studies. The international, interdisciplinary format, as well as the workshops and lectures held by environmental researchers from all over the globe, make this program the only one of its kind in Germany.

The qualification, consisting of 33 ECTS-credits over the course of four semesters, is completed alongside the main degree subject. It allows students to look beyond the confines of their disciplines and gives them a broader disciplinary base that is appreciated by employers both inside and outside of academia. The courses are offered in both English and German.

Structure and Content

The Environmental Studies Certificate Program is an interdisciplinary program made up of modules and is intended to be completed in four semesters. The number of mandatory and elective modules required to complete the certificate program is a minimum of 33 ECTS credits (at least 14 semester hours). The certificate program comprises the following mandatory and elective modules:

  • The only mandatory module (Pflichtmodul P1) "Environment and Society: International Perspectives," requires regular attendance of the Lunchtime Colloquium at the Rachel Carson Center for two semesters as well as a related reading course on fundamental texts in environmental studies.
  • In addition, students must choose elective modules, or WP (Wahlpflichtmodul WP 1 to WP 13), from three of the following elective content areas: "Environmental History and Society," "Environmental Practice," "Environmental Politics and Ethics," and "Human Ecology and Natural Sciences." Six ECTS credits must be acquired in each content area. Each WP module of an elective content area can only be counted once. It is possible to receive credits for an applicable module from the student's primary course.
  • One of the elective modules may be replaced by an optional internship (WP 5) or a study abroad program of at least four weeks (WP 5) in the content area of "Environmental Practice." This may be completed at any time during the program.
  • The students must submit a final project to complete the program. This may take the form of an exhibit (WP 14) or a publication (WP 15). The final project is worth 9 ECTS credits.


Applications are only accepted for the winter semester. The application deadline is 20 September. More information on how to apply:


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Environmental Studies Certificate Program
Dr. Gesa Lüdecke
Rachel Carson Center
Leopoldstraße 11a
80802 München

Telefon: 089 2180-72354