Sustainable Resource Management

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The international master's program in Sustainable Resource Management is an inter- and transdisciplinary program devoted to a sustainable approach to natural resources, such as soil, water, air or biological diversity.

TUM School of Life Sciences

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • English
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Winter Semester (October)
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 4 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

Natural resources, such as soil, water, air or biological diversity, constitute the essential foundations of human life and economic activity. Their consumption is rapidly increasing worldwide, a process further intensified by global trends, such as population and economic growth. This results in increasing pressure on all natural resources, accompanied by yet more environmental problems. Moreover, rivalries and conflicting interests increasingly develop over the use of resources that are continuously becoming more and more scarce. This also leads with increasing frequency to international tensions, the comprehensive and lasting solution to which currently poses one of the greatest challenges to humanity.

The international master's program in Sustainable Resource Management addresses these challenges while taking into consideration their social, economic and ecological dimensions. As such, the focus lies on conveying suitable methods of analysis and management. At the same time, the development of specialist and personal competences in an intercultural context remains to the fore.

With eight available areas of specialization, the program offers a large degree of freedom when creating an individual competency profile. The available areas of focus include:

  • Management and Protection of Forest Ecosystems
  • Wildlife and Protected Area Management
  • Landscape Management
  • Renewable Resources
  • Climate, Air and Water
  • Soils and Soil Management
  • Material and Waste Management
  • Sustainable Agricultural Value Chains

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

The program consists of a core area with six obligatory foundational modules, nine specialist areas, of which students choose two, as well as three elective modules. In addition, a seven-week internship is to be completed during the program. The program is taught in English.

The foundational modules in the first semester impart the fundamental competencies of resource management and constitute the basis for specialization within the discipline.

In the second and third semesters, core competencies are complemented by elective modules from the specialist areas and by a mandatory 8-week internship. In the fourth semester, the master's thesis constitutes the conclusion of the degree.

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient English language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your English language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.  

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is English.

An advanced knowledge of relevant scientific methods of analysis and management enables graduates to independently handle complex tasks in connection with natural resources. As a graduate, you can analyze and assess the effects of human activities on natural resources. On the basis of the results, you conceive strategies for handling these resources responsibly, and apply these strategies. You understand the principles of sustainable activities and are conscious of the ecological, economic and socio-political significance of natural resources.

Moreover, independent of your choice of specialist areas, you have at your disposal a comprehensive specialist knowledge of Management and Protection of Forest Ecosystems | Wildlife and Protected Area Management | Landscape Management | Renewable Resources | Climate, Air and Water | Soils and Soil Management | Material and Waste Management | Sustainable Agricultural Value Chains.

Upon completing the international master's program in Sustainable Resource Management, opportunities arise in the context of managerial roles in companies as well as in national and international government, and non-governmental, organizations. Environmental consultancy and environmental information services offer further possible fields of professional activity, as do ecosystem conservation and research sectors.

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.

Application period for winter semester: 01.01. - 31.05.

Information about applying for a higher subject semester

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.

In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admitted, rejected or invited to an admissions interview. 

In detail: 

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.

An internship is not required in order to gain admission to this course of study. 

During your studies, you need to supply proof of an internship of at least 7 weeks in field related to the program. You can either complete the internship in the course of your studies, or hand in confirmation of a corresponding internship completed beforehand.

What are my options after earning this degree?

You have earned your master’s degree and are ready to start your career? TUM Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

If you are interested in continuing your studies, you will find information of doctoral studies at TUM, here.