MSc Landscape Ecology & Nature Conservation (LENC)

LENC is designed to enable students from all over the world to understand and assess landscapes and their functioning, to identify and evaluate changes and potentials of ecosystems, and, finally, to develop sustainable land use concepts.

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DURATION:
24 months

Ernst Moritz Arndt University Greifswald

Location Greifswald is a town of 55,000 inhabitants located right on the Baltic Sea, not far from the German capital Berlin. Founded in 1456, Greifswald University is one of the oldest universities in Germany. Today approximately 12,000 students are studying here with close contact to their professors. The medieval town offers a lively atmosphere with a diverse cultural life that ensures productive and enjoyable studies. With regard to its academic life it has been said that there are towns all over the world which have a university, but in Greifswald a university has a town.
Course focus LENC is designed to enable students from all over the world to understand and assess landscapes and their functioning, to identify and evaluate changes and potentials of ecosystems, and, finally, to develop sustainable land use concepts. The multidisciplinary and innovative approach of the ‘Greifswald School’ provides a unique basis for addressing the global environmental challenges of today and tomorrow. Students will be qualified for careers in international administration and organizations, research institutes and private companies. Intensive individual mentoring in all kinds of professional and private issues as well as active support for integration with other German and international students and the LENC alumni network are special features of LENC. Digital learning materials and tutorials support preparation and in depth studying. The curriculum imparts theoretical knowledge and practical experience in landscape ecology, ecosystem dynamics, conservation biology, environmental ethics and landscape economics as well as scientific skills. An international excursion and an international summer school together with other international study programmes are integrated parts of LENC. LENC offers the following modules: Landscape Ecology, Landscape and Vegetation, International Nature Conservation, Sustainability, Scientific Skills and Personal Profiling, Practical Landscape Ecology of NE-Germany, Practical Landscape Ecology, Project Work, Excursion Landscape Ecology, Climate Change, Vegetation Ecology, Aquatic Ecology, Mire Ecology, Palaeoecology, Nature Conservation, Environmental Ethics, Restoration Ecology, Population Biology of Plants, Plant Systematics, Animal Conservation, Ornithology, Cost-Benefit-Analysis, and Vegetation and Ecosystem Dynamics.
Target group LENC addresses graduates with a strong interest in ecology and sustainable management of natural resources, especially young professionals with working experience in organisations, research institutes, administration or companies dealing with conservation, ecosystem management and sustainable land use.
Course language English
Entry requirements
  • Bachelor of Sciences or a comparable degree in an environmentalrelated discipline
  • Good knowledge of English: e.g., TOEFL (78 iBT, 212 CBT) or IELTS (Band 6.0)
  • For DAAD scholarship applicants: at least two years of professional experience
  • Tuition Fees: DAAD scholarship holders do not pay tuition fees. Other students pay 500 Euro per semester (2,000 Euro in total)

Applications of DAAD scholarship applicants as well as of all other applicants must be sent via email to the LENC coordination office at Greifswald University (see contact address below). Please use the official application form on the LENC webpagewww.botanik.unigreifswald.de/msclenc/app_01.html

Degree Awarded Master of Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation (M.Sc.)
Course Begins Beginning of October every year
Course Duration 24 months
Course Structure modulhandbuch und struktur Landscape ecology and nature conservation
Duration of German language course prior to beginning of programme 2 months

Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology
Grimmer Str. 88
D-17487 Greifswald
Prof. Dr. Martin Wilmking (Head of the Programme)
Dr. Tiemo Timmermann (Programme Coordinator)
Phone: +49 3834 864112
Fax: +49 03834 864114