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Elite Graduate Programs

Global Change Ecology

University of Bayreuth (coordinating institution), University of Augsburg, Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg; in cooperation with Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research, Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle, German Aerospace Center (DLR)


Degree: Master of Science

Duration of studies: 4 semesters

Place of study: Bayreuth

Requirements: Bachelor or Diploma in Natural or Environmental Sciences or related disciplines

Language of instruction: English

Application deadline: June 15

This elite program addresses the major problem of the 21st century: global environmental change. It aims at training highly qualified and motivated students to become executives, leading scientists, political advisors and business consultants.

Solving global environmental problems requires not only a background in natural, environmental and socio-economic sciences, but also trans-disciplinary thinking, team work and creativity. Due to the societal costs of global change there is a demand for highly skilled specialists capable of analyzing the risks, applying scientific knowledge and foreseeing the consequences.

A close cooperation with nationally and internationally active research institutions, NGOs, companies and administrations as well as individual tutoring prepares students for working on a global scale. International science schools, guest professors and a stay abroad help to establish contact with leading researchers and foreign students. Candidates are expected to be interested in ecological and societal issues, to have excellent knowledge in natural science and an outstanding ability to deal with complex questions.

Research Highlights of the Elite Graduate Program

Funded by:
  • Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts;
  • Elite Network of Bavaria:
  • October 1, 2006 - September 30, 2016 (Funding period)
  • University of Bayreuth, University of Augsburg, Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg
  • since October 1, 2016 (Program continuation)

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schmauß

Contact (Coordinator)
Dr. Stephanie Thomas and Esther Baumann

Further information

”Global Change is the most important challenge of the 21st century. The GCE study programme addresses various aspects and delivers capabilities to solve urging problems.” - Professor Beierkuhnlein