Climate and Environmental Change (Physical Geography) (M.Sc.)

The most important facts at a glance:



Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard period of studies:

4 Semester


winter semester

Admission restrictions:

open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.


Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

Geopgraphy (B.Sc.)


Geographisches Institut


Faculty 09: Chemistry, Pharmaceutics and Geo Sciences

Subject Matter

The world is constantly changing. The Master's program in Physical Geography "Climate and Environmental Change" offers students a scientifically oriented education with a focus on the geographical aspects of the global climate and environmental change.

The debate on climate and environmental change on various temporal and spatial scales lies at the heart of the Master's program. Oriented towards research activities in Mainz, the educational focus of the M.Sc. in Climate and Environmental Change is on the areas of paleoclimatology, geoarchaeology and urban climatology.

A basic understanding of climatic changes and associated processes on pre-industrial and current time scales not only enables students to have a solid basis to address socially relevant scientific questions in the context of global climate change - much more, the Master's program assumes that there will be more jobs in the areas of detection, prevention and adaptation to climate and environmental changes in future.

The Institute of Geography in Mainz, the neighboring geosciences, meteorology, prehistory and early history institutions, as well as the Roman-Germanic Central Museum (RGZM) and the Max Planck Institute (MPI), offer many different focus points of research and teaching, which enables JGU to offer a broad M.Sc in Climate and Environmental Change with a great deal of choice. This allows students to choose a concentration, for instance, in the areas of paleoclimate research and proxy data or hazard research and geoarchaeology in the context of regional climate and environmental changes.

Master entrance requirements

  • Proof of a Bachelor's degree in Geography or an equivalent final degree from a university in Germany or abroad. If the applicant's Bachelor's degree was not in Geography, they may be granted admission on the condition they provide the additional qualifications of a maximum of 30 credit points from a B. Sc. in Geography. The Examination Committee will determine in which modules scholastic achievements must be obtained. If this requirement is not met within the period specified by the Examination Committee, admission to the Master's examination will be rescinded.
  • It is assumed that students have sufficient active and passive knowledge of the English language to read specialist literature in English and participate in courses taught in English. Proof is not required.
  • Proof of proficiency in the German language to the level of the "German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (DSH)" is required for applicants, who either did not obtain their university entrance qualification at a German institution or whose degree was not from a degree program taught in German.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Student Counselling Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

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