Conservation and Landscape Planning (Master of Science)
Global warming, the biodiversity crisis, a growing world population, increasing urbanization – these are rapid changes that future land use will have to face. In the Nature Conservation and Landscape Planning Master's program you will develop innovative solutions for nature conservation and use landscape planning as a tool to sustainably ensure ecosystem services, for example in agriculture and forestry. The project-oriented studies help you to acquire specialist, methodological and social skills and to deal with applied issues. Join us at the TU Munich and study Nature Conservation and Landscape Planning in the heart of Bavaria – a master's degree with vision.
Studying Conservation and Landscape Planning successfully: What can you expect?
Type of study: full time
Standard period of study, credits : 4 semesters (part-time: 6 or 8 semesters), 120 ECTS
Start of degree program: winter semester
Admission category: Aptitude Assessment for Master
Language of instruction: German
Main location: Freising-Weihenstephan (Greater Area Munich)
Tuition fees: none (information about the semester fee)
Why study this particular degree program?
In the Nature Conservation and Landscape Planning project studies you will deal with the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems as well as with the implementation of conservation objectives. This will enable you to deal with current social challenges and to actively participate in their turnaround.
With its focus on landscape planning, this degree program differs from other master’s programs in the field of nature conservation. It is characterized by a deepening of knowledge and specialized extension into the field of landscape planning. The understanding of social and ecological processes and their evaluation is one of the main goals. In order to ensure sustainable nature conservation, you will develop innovative solutions and implement them through landscape planning or other suitable means. You can broaden your professional and personal horizons during your stay abroad in the third semester and gain important experiences for your career later.
In addition to full-time studies, we also offer you various part-time options (50% or 66%). We also allow the Master's degree to be shortened by up to two semesters through recognition of credits: The prerequisite is that you have already achieved competences in the required module topics in a bachelor's degree with a standard study period of more than six semesters. This way you achieve a total study duration of ten semesters.
What are your career opportunities?
With your degree in nature conservation and landscape planning you can take up leading positions in governmental, freelance or private landscape and nature conservation planning or work in university research. Of course you also have the opportunity to do a doctorate. You will be a sought-after candidate for planning offices, public administration or international NGOs. You can also find interesting jobs at natural history museums, nature conservation associations or higher authorities in nature conservation.
If you have completed a six- or seven-semester bachelor's degree in landscape planning at another university, you can become a member of the Chamber of Architects after this Master's degree, which is advantageous for professional practice in planning offices.
What is this study program about?
The core of the Master’s in Nature Conservation and Landscape Planning is a project study. In the first two semesters 30 credits must be earned in the required modules. This includes two projects with 10 credits each. Topics on theoretical or empirical-ecological planning bases as well as practical, planning and nature conservation topics can be selected. Another 30 credits are covered by electives in the first two semesters, allowing you to pursue your own inclinations and interests.
A six-month stay abroad is scheduled in the third semester, during which you can put your theoretical knowledge into practice and gain insights into the field of landscape planning and nature conservation. You will also gain 30 credits for the extensive report on this that you have to create.
To successfully complete your studies, you will write your Master's thesis in the fourth semester on a topic of your choice.
Through recognition of credits, your Master's degree can be shortened by up to two semesters if you have a bachelor's degree of more than six semesters. This means that the total duration of bachelor's and master's studies remains at ten semesters.
Interest aroused? Just take a look at an exemplary curriculum!
What competences and skills will you acquire?
After completing your studies, you will be able to work with the various means of nature conservation and landscape planning to define, design and apply innovative solutions for environmental protection and sustainable development. You will apply in-depth knowledge of organismic ecology to nature conservation strategies and landscape planning. With your ability to recognize complex interrelationships, you will be able to deal with problems that arise and find theoretical, methodical and practical solutions.
You will understand the consequences of global climate change and demographic change for biodiversity and be able to explain their importance for the sustainable development of landscape and nature. You will have learned to carry out species and biotope surveys and to evaluate them. Developing, working on and scrutinizing planning and nature conservation issues will be as much a part of your acquired knowledge as the preparation of expert reports.
You will be able to present the results of such work in a professional form and communicate at a highly professional level. Due to the project nature of the program, you will also have strengthened your specialist, methodological, social and personal skills.
How do you apply for a place of study?
During the application period, you can easily apply for a study place via the application portal TUMonline. Upload your documents for admission to the Nature Conservation and Landscape Planning program directly in the portal.
The prerequisite for application is a qualified bachelor's degree of at least six semesters in the fields of landscape architecture and landscape planning, nature conservation, landscape ecology or a correspondingly oriented degree program such as biology with a focus on organismic biology or nature conservation biology, which you have acquired at a German or foreign university.
In a subsequent aptitude assessment, we will check whether you have the necessary prerequisites and motivation for the program.
When you subsequently receive your admission, you only need to submit a few certified paper copies for enrolment.
Already in the middle of your master's degree in Conservation and Landscape Planning? Everything you need!
The degree chart gives you an overview and recommendation, which modules you should take in which semester according to academic and examination regulations (FPSO).
Via TUMonline you can have a timetable created for each semester according to FSPO.
You can also create your own individual timetable, which can contain not only the dates of the selected courses but also your personal appointments.
First steps with TUMonline
Important note for part-time studies:
For each semester you study part-time, an individual study and examination plan has to be worked out together with the student advisory service. This plan is a binding regulation between you and TUM and may only be changed after consultation.
Please arrange an obligatory counselling interview with your academic advisor about 2-4 weeks before the start of the lecture.
- General Academic and Examination Regulations at TUM (APSO)
- Academic and Examination Regulations (FPSO)
- Examination dates & registration via TUMonline
In TUMonline you can register for the module examinations that accompany your studies.
Important: You can only take most of the exams if you have actively registered yourself via TUMonline within the registration period. The registration and deregistration period will be displayed at the exam date.
Internships & excursions
A pre-study internship is not required for admission to the course.
A subject-specific stay abroad is planned for the 3rd semester. Thanks to a variety of contracts and partnerships with foreign institutions as well as specific support and advice, there is a worldwide selection.
All further details on planning, funding and the internship report can be found here
The next information event on the stay abroad is scheduled for 11.11.2020. Until then, please inform yourself by means of the presentation of the last event.
"Stay abroad” photo competition
Did you have an incredibly nice stay abroad and took some great photos? Every spring we hold a photo competition with prizes for the best photos. Send your favorite photo to a.printz[at]tum.de or bring it personally to room O15 on a stick. Your name must not be visible on the photo and we reserve the right to use the photo for other purposes. Please make sure that the resolution is as high as possible. It is best to have a version in raw format.
The deadline is the end of March.
If you are still away on the deadline, you can only be considered for the next picture competition. Only one entry per student is possible.
Main prize: €50.-
2nd and 3rd prizes: €25.- each
We wish you the best of luck.
l Stay abroad in times of Covid-19
Internship report after return
The deadline for returning students to hand in their internship report has been extended: The handing in of the paper report is sufficient until the regular lectures with presence at the TUM are possible again. Nevertheless, please send the digital version as soon as possible to a.printz[at]tum.de (Please send all files >5MB only via Gigamove or Wetransfer).
Applications international internship
At present, in most cases, it does not make much sense to apply for an internship abroad because of the unpredictable situation. However, it can be assumed that the situation will ease again in the foreseeable future. Until then you can still work on your application.
Study abroad winter semester 2020/21
The nominations for our partner universities (for all internal nominees) for the coming winter semester (2020/21) will be carried out by us, our partner universities and the TUM-Global Office as planned. Corresponding information will be sent out individually. We assume that a regular stay abroad will be possible again by then. Should this not be the case, you will be informed accordingly.
If the beginning of an internship/study abroad is permanently impossible or considerably restricted, we will discuss possible steps and inform you about them during the summer semester.
Please contact us if you have a justified urgent request:
More information on practical experience during studies
If full-time studies are not possible in your current life situation, we also offer you a part-time model. This model offers flexible options in special life situations, for example, for child-raising periods, caring for relatives, working or starting a business.
The possibility of being able to study this course of study part-time does not mean that there are special events in the evening or on weekends. Instead, there is the possibility of being restricted to certain days or only studying for certain periods on certain days.
Before the beginning of each semester you decide which level you would like to enrol in. The choice of level is linked to the maximum number of credits per semester. It is possible to change between the different forms (full-time, part-time 66% and part-time 50%) before each semester (changeover period see below) in order to be able to adapt to changing life situations.
By choosing different time models, the standard period of study can be extended or shortened. This results in an individual study duration.
|Type of study||Standard duration of study||ECTS regular||ECTS min./max.|
|Full-time||4 semesters||30||min. 22|
|Part-time 66 %||6 semesters||20||15-25|
|Part-time 50 %||8 semesters||15||12-20|
Your individual study plan has to be coordinated with the student advisory service before each semester. You can use the offer from the full-time Master's programme for the preparation. In both part-time models, the modules are taken over a longer period of time.
Change to another time model
The change takes place in TUMonline in the user account. A different time level is selected online under Applications. Please note that the signed application must be sent by post to the Matriculation Office in Munich within the transfer period. The deadlines for the change are one week before the re-registration deadline (09 to 15 August for applications for the winter semester and 09 to 15 February for applications for the summer semester). Further information on the change of the part-time model can be found in our guide.
Application/Admission: Admission procedure - identical for all types of degree programmes
Costs per semester: identical for all types of study
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