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Applications Invited for International Joint MSc Programme: Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security

Applications Invited for International Joint MSc Programme: Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security

Institute Name: United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)

Apply By: 15 Dec 2022

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About the Organization

The United Nations University (UNU) is the academic arm of the United Nations and acts as a global think tank. The mission of the Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) is to carry out cutting edge research on risks and adaptation related to environmental hazards and global change. The institute’s research promotes policies and programmes to reduce these risks, while taking into account the interplay between environmental and societal factors.

Research areas include climate change adaptation incorporating insurance-related approaches, environmentally induced migration and social vulnerability, ecosystem services and environmental deterioration processes, models and tools to analyze vulnerability and risks linked to natural hazards, with a focus on urban space and rural-urban interfaces. Research is always conducted with the underlying goal of connecting solutions to development pathways.

Beyond its research mandate, UNU-EHS is actively engaged in education. It offers the joint Master of Science degree programme “The Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security” with the University of Bonn. UNU-EHS also hosts a number of international PhD projects and courses on global issues of environmental risks and sustainable development. The institute is based in Bonn, Germany.

About the Program

The Master of Science (MSc) in “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security” is jointly offered by UNU-EHS and the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn as an international degree programme with a research-oriented profile.

The two-year programme educates students in an interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary manner on how to investigate and manage various resources related to environmental hazards by implementing science-based principles and methodologies to disaster risk management.

It offers an in-depth introduction to problem-oriented research methods, theories and concepts as well as real life challenges and problems that international and UN organizations are facing. The curriculum draws from research areas such as vulnerability assessment, resilience analysis, risk management and adaptation strategies within linked human–environment systems, and environmentally induced internal displacement and transboundary migration.

How to Apply

The Joint Master’s Programme has one intake every year. The next intake will start in October 2023. Applications are accepted during the application period from 15 September to 15 December 2022.

To apply, please

  • read the information below as well as the FAQs thoroughly,
  • submit the online application form,
  • gather the required documents (including the academic writing sample) precisely as explained below,
  • rename the merged application documents’ file as [your last name.your first name].pdf,
  • and send your application documents via e-mail to master-georisk@ehs.unu.edu.

Deadline: 2022.12.15

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