Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security (Joint MSc., University of Bonn & UNU-EHS)

Deadline: 15 December 2021
Open to: graduates in relevant fields (see website)
Scholarship: approx. 860€/month (DAAD)


The United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn (GIUB) are pleased to announce the call for applications for the international joint MSc programme “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security”.

The main purpose of the two-year Master of Science programme is to provide postgraduate students with detailed knowledge, critical understanding, strategies and the tools required to take an interdisciplinary approach towards environmental risks and human security. The Master’s programme addresses theoretical and methodological debates in geography to better understand the complex emergence of environmental risks and natural hazards, their implications for human-nature relations (vulnerability, resilience, adaptation), and how to deal with them in practice. It provides a unique combination of advanced conceptual and applied engagements within the field of environmental risks and human security in an international context. An internship of at least eight weeks is a compulsory part of the programme.

The Master’s programme offers great visibility and exposure to international organizations, federal agencies, academic and non-academic research organizations, as well as private companies and corporations involved in disaster risk reduction and preparedness, humanitarian aid, and international relations. Moreover, participants engage with research on climate change, food security, spatial planning, and policy. Career opportunities may be pursued in all of these areas depending on individual interests and professional goals.

Location: Bonn, Germany


UNU-EHS and the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn welcome applicants who possess a first academic degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in Geography or a related relevant discipline. The ideal candidate has a strong interest or experience in working in the field of human-nature relations and risk governance in the Global South. Women and applicants from developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply. Since its launch in October 2013, a total of 209 students from 46 different countries have been studying within the programme.

The Joint Master’s programme has one intake every year.

The next intake starts in October 2022. Applications are accepted between 15 September – 15 December 2021.


The programme is part of a select group of international postgraduate degrees that benefit from the EPOS funding scheme offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). A number of fully-funded scholarships can be offered to students from developing countries.
Read more info for the scholarship here.

How to apply?

To apply, please follow the steps outlined on our website (see Applications). For any questions, please contact:

Complete applications must be received by December 15th, 2021, 23:59 CET. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All candidates will receive a notification on their application status by April/May 2022.

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For more information please visit the official website.