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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 Weihenstephan

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

What does this program cover?

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

Environmental Economics and Policy; 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; Agricultural Land-Use Systems 

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

How is the program structured?

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. In the fourth semester, the master's thesis constitutes the conclusion of the degree. 

What is the language of instruction?

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.

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

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 sociopolitical significance of natural resources.

Moreover, independent of your choice of specialist areas, you have at your disposal a comprehensive specialist knowledge of Environmental Economics and Policy; 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; and Agricultural Land-Use Systems.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

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

How do I apply? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

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.

You must apply online using the TUMonline application portal. After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.

In detail:

What application deadlines do I need to meet? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

Application period for winter semester: 01.01. - 31.05.

Our online application portal TUMonline will create an application form and a checklist with the documents you have to hand in. The checklist shows which documents you need for admission and which for enrollment. 

You must submit the signed application form before the application deadline. We also ask you to submit the documents you need for admission within the application deadline. If individual documents for admission are not available to you in time, you can hand them in until 15.08.

Please also submit the documents we need for your enrollment as soon as possible. If individual documents for enrollment are not available to you yet, you can hand them in up to five weeks after the start of the lecture period. However, we recommend that you submit all required documents well before the semester begins, as you will not be enrolled until all documents have been received. 

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. 

On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

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: 

Where can I find the online application portal?

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

Do I have to complete an internship?

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.