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 semesters


Winter semester

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


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


Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-2

Winter semester: April 1 - September 1

Required Bachelor's degree:

Geopgraphy (B.Sc.)


Geographisches Institut


Faculty 09: Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Geosciences

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

Applicants for the M.Sc. Climate and Environmental Change (Physical Geography) must fulfill the following requirements:

Proof of a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree from a German or foreign higher education institution. Accepted variants are:

  1. a) a degree in Geography/Physical Geography with at least 130 credits in subjects related to Geography, or
  2. b) a degree in Geography with a focus on Human Geography or with less than 130 credits in subjects related to Geography, or
  3. c) a degree in a subject related to both Natural Science (Physics, Biology, etc.) and Geography.

For b) and c), the examination committee will decide whether the applicant can be admitted. In some cases, the examination committee can allow a conditional admission. This means that the applicant will be admitted on the condition of successfully completing additional courses (max. 30 credits) in the B.Sc. Geography. The examination committee determines which courses must be attended. The credits do not count towards the master’s degree. If the student fails to obtain these credits in the first two semesters, he or she will generally not be able to continue the master’s program.


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

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

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).