StudiesDegree ProgrammsMSc. Economics and ManagementAreas
International Environment and Development Studies

Area International Environment and Development Studies


Profound societal, economic and ecological changes shape the globalizing and digitalizing world. Understanding and critically assessing these dynamic developments is necessary to make knowledge-based and responsible decisions at the local level, or from the point of view of a company or an international organization. The Area International Environment and Development Studies therefore provides theoretical and empirical methods and practical tools for the development and implementation of complex strategies for sustainable development and poverty reduction. The range of modules and disciplines of the area is correspondingly broad. There is a choice between a more microeconomic or macroeconomic orientation and between theoretical or rather empirical-quantitative modules. Common to all modules is the international and multidisciplinary focus on socially relevant issues and ecological problems. In addition, it is basically possible for students to obtain practical experiences in the context of internationally oriented research projects when writing their final theses. The area also offers students a unique opportunity for intercultural learning and exchange among international participants.

Structure Major

CategoryCredit points (ECTS)
Elective modules (without seminars)40
Elective module (seminar)10

Structure Minor

CategoryCredit points (ECTS)
Elective modules20

Detailed structure

The modules have to be taken in semesters 1-3. Since all the elective module offers are prospective, changes are possible.

Elective modules (without seminars) Major / Elective modules Minor

Module / CourseLanguageSemesterCP (ECTS)Institute
Data CollectionEnglishWinter5Development and Agricultural Economics
Impact Evaluation English Winter 5 Development and Agricultural Economics
Project Planning and EvaluationEnglishWinter5Development and Agricultural Economics
Field Experiments in Health English Summer 5 Health Economics
Health and Economic Development English Summer5Health Economics
Advanced MacroeconomicsEnglish Winter5Macroeconomics
Advanced Macroeconomics II English Winter 5 Macroeconomics
Empirical Development Economics English Winter 5 Macroeconomics
International Econometrics English Winter und Summer 5 Macroeconomics
EconometricsEnglishSummer5Environmental Economics and World Trade
Environmental EconomicsEnglishWinter5Environmental Economics and World Trade
Energy EconomicsEnglishWinter5Environmental Economics and World Trade
International Agricultural PolicyEnglishSummer5Environmental Economics and World Trade
International Business RelationsEnglishWinter5Environmental Economics and World Trade
Micro- and Macroeconomic Simulation ModelingEnglischWinter5Environmental Economics and World Trade
Sustainability EconomicsEnglishSummer5Environmental Economics and World Trade
Water EconomicsEnglishSummer5Environmental Economics and World Trade
World TradeEnglish Summer5Environmental Economics and World Trade
Distribution Theory English Summer 5Economic Policy
Econometric Methods German Winter5Economic Policy
Wirtschaftsgeographische Theorien (Wirtschaftswissenschaft)GermanWinter5Economic and Human Geography, Faculty of Natural Sciences



Elective modules (seminars) Major / Elective modules Minor

Examination form: Seminar Paper

Module / CourseSpracheLanguageCP (ECTS)Institute
Seminar Population EconomicsGerman / EnglishWinter and summer5 Labour Economics
Seminar Asian EconomiesEnglishWinter5 Development and Agricultural Economics
Seminar African EconomiesEnglishSummer5 Environmental Economics and World Trade
International Seminar in Economic Geography 1 (ISEG) (Wirtschaftswissenschaft)EnglishWinter and summer5 Economic and Human Geography, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Research and practical relevance

The area is a very multidisciplinary and practice-oriented training at Master level. It offers a variety of modules that allows each student to choose modules according to their own interests. In selected modules, national and international practice partners are invited, who not only share their knowledge but also pass on their professional experience to students. The close link between the study in this area and the international research projects of some participating institutes enables the students to gain practical experience - possibly also in connection with an own stay in a cooperation country. These experiences prepare the students for pursuing their doctoral degree, especially in the area of development and environmental issues, and for responsible activities in companies or international organizations. This is to be seen against the background of the observation that the private sector is increasingly developing and implementing its own sustainability strategies.

Intended audience (Recommended skills)

The Master area is aimed at students who are particularly interested in global environmental and development issues. There should be a strong interest in methodological and practical issues.

Career prospects

Graduates either qualify for further doctoral studies, or for management positions in private national and international companies, ministries or international organizations. Due to the increasing importance of sustainability thinking and global responsibility, the opportunities in the professional world are also increasing. Particularly for graduates with solid empirical-econometric knowledge, there are excellent career opportunities.