Next enrolment: winter term 2019/2020 (new examination regulations). These are provisional examination regulations (pending the final official publication), as there can still be amendments due to the ongoing reaccreditation procedure.
Sustainable use of natural resources
The world’s natural resources are limited and slowly being depleted, resulting in a growing demand for skilled specialists who can contribute to the repurposing of existing resources and the discovery of new ones.
The primary goal of Biological Resources M.Sc. is to enhance your understanding of soil, plant, animal and marine resources and inspire you, as a sustainability specialist, to devise new ways to make use of these resources, thus supporting the development of a bio-based economy. Over the course of your studies, you will acquire the expertise needed to recognise and utilise biological resources in terms of their economic potential, while also taking into consideration critical ecological and social constraints.
The degree programme combines the advanced study of the natural sciences with relevant interdisciplinary subjects such as engineering and socio-economics to impart to you the knowledge and the critical eye to evaluate the future potential of certain biological resources in a scientific manner. This expertise is crucial in countless real-world applications, for example in the development of ‘bio-based products’ such as bioenergy, biopackaging, bioplastic or new sources of food, to name a few.
Different forms of interactive learning, including applied research projects, excursions, lab and field work, provide further opportunities to acquire expert research skills, e.g. in conducting ecological fieldwork or analysing the components of plant-based biological resources in a laboratory environment.
Biological Resources M.Sc. places particular emphasis on acting as an interface to the bio-based economy. Close research cooperation with many companies in the Lower Rhine region affords you the unique chance to acquire valuable practical experience within the bioeconomy during your studies.
Graduates are skilled specialists qualified for a broad range of careers in:
- Consultancy positions for government authorities, agencies and/or non-governmental organisations (NGOs), e.g. environmental protection agencies or related organisations
- Key positions as a sustainability officer or natural conservation officer at national and multinational companies and organisations
- Research and development positions in industry or at universities