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Master's Degree Programme Environmental System Sciences / Climate Change and Environmental Technology

Sea levels are rising, glaciers are melting, vegetation zones are changing: The impact of human activity on the climate and environment is becoming increasingly obvious. The field of environmental systems sciences allows the examination and study of these effects by combining aspects of diverse technical and scientific disciplines. Thereby, innovative strategies can be found that can be used to positively influence environmental conditions and reduce negative effects.

In the master's degree programme Environmental System Sciences / Climate Change and Environmental Technology (ESS / CCET), you will improve your knowledge and skills in various areas of environmental systems science, placing a focus on climate change and environmental technology. You learn to recognize and evaluate the effects of human behaviour on the environment and climate and develop appropriate solutions. You develop strategies and measures for environmental and climate protection and channel societal concerns into innovative and sustainable environmental technologies.


  • You deepen your knowledge in the fields of climate and climate change, environmental management, environmental and energy technology, as well as systems sciences.
  • You deal with geoscientific processes, ecological process design and environmentally relevant technological developments.
  • You deepen your understanding of methods of physical and chemical analysis and acquire basic knowledge in programming algorithms.
  • You investigate scientific and technological aspects of climate change.
  • You learn about sustainable systems and renewable energy.
  • You investigate sustainable environmental technologies.
  • You learn more about the use of modern environmental technology and how to evaluate expected changes in environmental technology.
  • You become familiar with the legal foundations, regulations and controlling in the environmental field.
  • You interrelate knowledge from technical and scientific disciplines and use your acquired skills and knowledge responsibly.
  • You work on solutions to problems arising at the interface of societal concerns and technical possibilities.
  • You gain practical experience by conducting innovative, research-oriented activities in interdisciplinary teams.

Modules of the Degree Programme

  • Interdisciplinary Practice
  • System Sciences
  • Climate and Environment
  • Applied Clean Technology
  • Ecological Process Design
  • Environmental Management and Legal Basics
  • REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemical substances)
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  • Duration of study: 4 semesters
  • ECTS credit points: 120
  • Academic degree: Master of Science (MSc)
  • Language of instruction: English


Semester plan

Admission Requirements

According to the curriculum, graduates of the following bachelor’s degree programmes offered at TU Graz and University of Graz will be accepted without an admission procedure:

without stipulations:

with stipulations according to the curriculum:

Graduates of all other degree programmes offered at the TU Graz or, in the case of a NAWI Graz programme, the University of Graz, also do not have to undergo the admission procedure. You can apply for admission at the Registration Office.

All other programme applicants must undergo the admission procedure.

Registration period for the academic year 2020/21: 15 October to 15 December 2019

Registration and admission procedure

Regulations for the admission procedure

Career Options

Graduates of the programme work in private industry, the public sector, or for NGOs in the following areas:

  • Evaluation and impact assessment of aspects of climate change
  • Development of strategies and measures for climate protection
  • Development, monitoring and optimisation of resource- and energy-saving technologies
  • Development of sustainable products, processes and services
  • Development and use of strategies and processes for the sustainable use of energy, resources, materials, waste and residual materials
  • Environmental analysis, environmental monitoring and environmental protection
  • Implementation and support of aspects relevant to REACH
  • Support for geological and geoscientific projects
  • Advice and support for environmental protection institutions
  • Environmental management in private companies and NGOs
  • Research and teaching at university level

Admission Deadlines

Summer semester 2020:

7 January to 30 April 2020

Winter semester 2020/21:

13 July to 30 November 2020

Please note: You may need to complete an admission procedure before you can register for the programme.

Further informationen on admission

International degree programme applicants: admission and application deadlines

Information and Advice for Prospective Students