15 December 2019


Bonn  ,Germany

(Fully Funded)


International joints MSc programme : Geography of Environmental risks and human security – University of Bonn & United
Nations University

The Programme consists of 11 modules, of which nine are taught in the first three semesters followed by a compulsory internship and the independent work on the Master’s thesis. An internship of at least eight weeks is a compulsory part of the programme.The Master of Science (M.Sc.) in “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security” is jointly offered by UNU-EHS and the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn as an international degree programme with a research-oriented profile

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The programme’s primary goals are:Theoretical and methodological expertise in the field of environmental risks and human security combined with practical experiences. Strong focus on developing countries/ the “Global South”. Intercultural and interdisciplinary learning environment. Possibility to engage in ongoing research projects at both institutions.Close cooperation with the UN system & international organizations

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  •  Vulnerability Assessment
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Sustainable Development
  • Disaster Management
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Human-Nature Relationships
  • Science & Technology Studies
  • Development Geography
  • Geomorphology
  • Socio-Hydrology
  • Future Studies
  •  GIS and Remote Sensing.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period


Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

Eligible candidates should fulfill the following general requirements in addition to the general eligibility criteria for the Master’s programme:

  • Applicants must possess a first, higher education qualification (Bachelor’s Degree) in Geography or a related/comparable professionally certified study programme. Out of all higher education qualifications earned (Bachelor’s, Master’s, additional academic coursework, etc.) the majority of the attended courses (reflected in your transcripts) must be related to the three following areas:
    – Human Geography and Social Sciences with a focus on spatial patterns, society, development.
    – Science methodology and empirical research methods.
    – Physical Geography, Geosciences and Environmental Sciences with a focus on Earth System Science.
  • A strong motivation to contribute to the area of human security and management of risks related to environmental change is a prerequisite to study in this Master’s Programme.
  • Applicants should be highly motivated to learn in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment.
  • Non-native English speaking applicants must prove proficiency in the English language.

Criteria for the Master’s programme:

  • Being a candidate from an eligible Developing Country (check the list)
  • Having at least 2 years of work experience after the Bachelor’s and before applying for Epos programme (i.e. with an NGO, GO, or the private sector);
  • Having graduated from their Bachelor not more than 5 years ago.
  • Having completed no other Master in a similar field of studies.
  • Wishing to apply the post-Master knowledge in career as practitioner (not in an academic area/PHD) further contributing to development.
  • Being ready to fully commit to start with the Joint Master Programme once accepted by Joint Master’s selection committee and for funding through Epos.

For further details on the application requirements, please consult the FAQs.

Opportunity Cost

(Fully Funded)
The scholarship covers:

  • Besides a monthly payment, which the DAAD determines on the basis of the scholarship holder’s academic level.
  • individual scholarships generally include other payments as well,
  • Travel expenses.
  • Health insurance.
  • Accident insurance.
  • Personal/private liability insurance.

How to Apply

First Step: Apply for the programme as well by submitting a separate application pack, acceptance to the former does not guarantee acceptance to the latter. So the applicant should submit the three parts of the application:

  1. Master’s Programme application packet
  2. Academic writing sample
  3. Epos scholarship application packet (if applying).

Second Step: A complete application packet consists of the following documents:

  • Completed, signed and dated Joint MSc GEO RISK Application Form 2020
  • A signed resume/CV:
    – An up to date Résumé or CV including a chronological listing of employment and other significant activities must be submitted with your application. Make sure your CV information corresponds precisely to the certificates and letters of recommendation attached to your application!
  • Letter of motivation:
    – A written statement, one to two pages in length, describing motivation, area of proposed research, background, past work in the intended field of study, plans for further postgraduate study and any other information that is relevant.
  • Official transcripts reflecting the courses and grades achieved per each year and semester:
    – Applicants must submit an official transcript from each college or university in which they were enrolled for any period of time, showing all courses, grades and degrees received.
    – Only transcripts that have been certified by the university where the degree was awarded will be accepted.
    – Additional Certified Transcripts in cases where additional academic credits were earned outside of Degrees awarded, or in case of courses attended within exchange programmes (i.e. Erasmus, student exchange etc.).
  • Bachelor’s and, if applicable, Master’s Degree Certificate in English.
  • Certificate of English language proficiency; please check the language requirements.
  • A sample of academic writing written as part of the fulfillment of the first degree (preferably in English).
    – any academic writings (Essay, Research paper, published academic article etc.) written as part of the fulfillment of your university studies.
    – an Essay related to GeoRisk topic.
    – Bachelor’s Thesis or its extract.
  • Recommendation letters from your current and/or previous lecturers (these must be signed, dated, stamped, and on a letterhead); any other relevant documents – optional.

Third Step: If the candidate wishes to be considered for the EPOS funding by the DAAD the candidate should submit in a separate PDF file the following documents (all REQUIRED):

  • DAAD application form
  • CV / Résumé signed and updated.
  • Motivation statement.
  • Bachelor’s and, if applicable, Master’s Transcript of Academic Records reflecting the courses and grades achieved per each year and semester.
  • Bachelor’s and, if applicable, Master’s Degree Certificate in English.
  • Certificate of English language proficiency (check the language requirements).
  • Academic Recommendation Letter/s from your current and/or previous lecturers; these must be signed, recently dated, stamped, and on a letterhead.
  • Professional Recommendation Letter/s from your current and/or previous employers; these must be signed, recently dated, stamped, and on a letterhead.
  • Work certificate/s from your current and/or previous employers:
    • Must reflect the period of the mandatory min. 2 years professional experience after Bachelor’s studies>
    • These must mention the period of employment, must be signed, dated, stamped, and on a letterhead.
    • The certificates must correspond chronologically to the info reflected in your CV/ Résumé.

Fourth Step: Send  your documents via e-mail to


  • All application documents for the Master’s Programme must be sent in one PDF (merged), and Epos scholarship application documents in another PDF file (merged).
  • Only digital versions sent via email will be accepted. We do not accept applications sent via post.
  • All candidates get a notification on their application status by mid May 2020.

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