Environment and Resources Management (ENREM) – Focus Latin America

The objective of the master program is to qualify professionals with the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies to evolve and apply integrated solutions for environmental and natural resources management in an international context – especially German-Latin American cooperation – and at the same time provide their work experience and regional knowledge to the mutual learning and intercultural environment.


Technische Hochschule Köln, Institute for Technology and Resources Management  in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT)
in Cooperation with Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi (UASLP),
Multidisciplinary Postgraduate Program for Environmental Sciences (PMPCA)

TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences is Germany‘s biggest University of Applied Sciences with over 26,000 students and 420 professors, and with 3,500 foreign students of 93 nationalities studying at 11 faculties. The wide range of subjects yields excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary projects and cooperation.

The ITT is an applied research and teaching institute at TH Köln with a problem oriented and stakeholder centered research strategy. Its research follows a holistic approach, which jointly considers biophysical, environmental, economic and social issues. In its research structure, the ITT integrates different disciplines and methods in adequate platforms for the analysis and development of natural resources management solutions.

The Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi (UASLP) is the leading higher education institution in the state of San Luis Potosí. In 1923, UASLP was the first university in Mexico to constitutionally achieve the status of autonomy. UASLP is organized in 12 faculties, 2 schools, 2 coordination offices, 2 departments and 4 academic units for different and specific areas. Both, undergraduate and graduate studies are available in each faculty. To date, UASLP is offering 164 undergraduate and graduate programs to about 27,522 students.

The Multidisciplinary Postgraduate Program for Environmental Sciences (PMPCA acronym in Spanish) of the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi (UASLP) is offering postgraduate courses with the options of Master as well as PhD programs. The PMPCA was created as a multidisciplinary postgraduate program, several entities are involved: Faculties of Chemistry, Engineering, Medicine, Social Sciences and Humanities and Agronomy. Further the Institutes for Metallurgy, Geology and the Center for Research in Arid Land Zones. The specialization and research of the PMPCA focuses on five core themes: Prevention and Control, Environmental Assessment, Renewable Natural Resources, Environmental Management and Integrated Environmental Health.

Course focus
The Latin America and the Caribbean region (LAC) encompass a huge diversity of landscapes and ecosystems and is highly heterogeneous in terms of economic development and social and indigenous history. The region faces serious challenges such as climate change and natural disasters; and under conditions of population growth, urbanization and industrialization efficient environmental policies and programs are required to sustainably manage the natural resources. This calls for specialists and leadership in order to develop and employ managerial, economical, governance, and technical solutions – in short, professionals with lateral understanding and trans-disciplinary approaches for a sustainable development. Especially in Germany and Latin American countries there is a need for experts being familiar with the culture, language and politics of both sides and are skilled in intercultural communication.


The objective of the master program is to qualify professionals with the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies to evolve and apply integrated solutions for environmental and natural resources management in an international context – especially German-Latin American cooperation – and at the same time provide their work experience and regional knowledge to the mutual learning and intercultural environment.  These experts are able to analyze and solve complex environmental problems in their specific socio-cultural and political contexts, given the technical and economic potentials of both regions.


  • Core modules: Environmental Problems and Management, Sustainable Development, Ecology, Statistics, Ecological Economics, Project and Business Management
  • Project Modules:  Multidisciplinary Seminar, Project: Implementation
  • Thesis preparation Modules: Thesis Seminar, Master Thesis Preparation,
  • Modules from the catalogue ENREM from PMPCA and NRM at ITT. e.g. Ecological and Social Risks Management , Urban, Regional and Community Based Management, , Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus, Environmental Education, Prevention and Control, Integrated Environmental Health, Climate Change, Ecology of Crops Production, etc
  • Elective Modules “Methods and Tools”: Scientific Work and Research Design, Basics of GIS and Remote Sensing, Empirical Social Research Methods, Eco-Balancing Tools, Economic Evaluation Methods, Environmental Assessment Tools, Environmental Monitoring

In addition to core modules, each student has to choose a minimum of four modules from the catalogues ENREM (PMPCA-NRM), one elective module from the catalogues “Methods and Tools” and three elective modules from any module catalogue, including the catalogues of the adjoining master programs “Renewable Energy Management REM” and  “Integrated Water Resources Management IWRM”.

The graduates of the master program will be able to apply their knowledge and skills across a variety of positions, including the industry, private sector companies and service providers, public institutions and institutions of international / national cooperation  (both public and third sector) with a high international mindset working in the field of environment and  natural resources, project implementation and evaluation as well as consulting.

Target group The ENREM Master program targets professionals of different academic backgrounds: engineers, natural or environmental scientists, social or political scientists, who hold at least a bachelor’s degree and have some experience related to the natural resources sector. They seek to deepen their knowledge in Environment and Resources Management and wish to acquire management and leadership skills as well as regional and intercultural competences.

The ENREM approach is for Mexican, German and Latin American participants, however the program is open for applicants of all nationalities, if the participants are highly motivated to work in an international cooperation with Latin America-Germany and are fluent in Spanish and English.

Course language Spanish and English
Entry requirements
  • Bachelor degree or equivalent in engineering, natural sciences, geosciences, agriculture, forestry, political sciences, social sciences, architecture or informatics. In individual cases it is possible that graduates of other faculties can also be admitted. The Coordination Committee of ENREM reserves the right to decide on such cases.
  • Minimum grade of 8.0 based on the Mexican grading system or equivalent
  • English – TOEFL (550 points / 213 computer-based / 79–80 internet-based), IELTS 6,0
  • Spanish language proficiency (applies to applicants from nationalities that do not have Spanish as their mother language)
  • 2 years of professional experience (scholarship requirement)
  • Motivation letter (1 page)
  • Project idea (1-2 pages: description of research interest for master thesis)

A relation to environmental management, either by studies or professional working experience.

Degree Awarded Graduates of the program receive a degree of each university:

  • UASLP: Maestría en Ciencias Ambientales
  • TH Köln: Master of Science Natural Resources Management and Development
Course Begins Winter term in San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Course Duration 24 months
The 1st and 2nd semester in San Luis Potosí, 3rd semester in Cologne and the 4th semester for the master thesis.
Application deadline For scholarship and non-scholarship applicants: 31st January of each year.

All required documents must be sent via E-mail to both email addresses: info-enrem@itt.th-koeln.de  and pmpca.enrem@gmail.com.

Please do not send hard copies of the application form.

  • The master thesis is conducted within a period of four months, including field research stays abroad, predominantly in the Latin American and Caribbean region
  • Applications must be submitted in English.
  • ITT and PMPCA will assist in finding accommodation in Cologne and San Luís Potosí.
  • Accommodation for students’ families cannot be arranged.
  • Further funding possibilities: CONACYT (see: http://www.enrem-master.info/)

For further information contact

Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the
Tropics and Subtropics (ITT)

Dipl. Reg.-Wiss. Ricarda Bruder Pedroso
Betzdorfer Straße 2
50679 Cologne
Phone: +49-(0)221-8275-4148
Fax: +49-(0)221-8275-2736
Email: info-enrem@itt.th-koeln.de
Website: http://www.enrem-master.info/