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Study Sustainability – shape the future!

Fridays for Future demos at school, waste sorting, and shopping for unpackaged groceries –​ that can't be all, can it? If that’s how you feel, then the University of Bayreuth is the right place for you: Like you, we take responsibility for our environment and integrate it into our studies, teaching, and research.

In doing so, we draw on the sound expertise our researchers boast in the natural sciences, engineering, the humanities, and the social sciences. Moreover, we think in interdisciplinary fashion. And we can rely on the strong commitment that our campus family has shown since our university was founded in 1975. We are making an impact on society. We were one of the first universities in Bavaria to adopt a binding sustainability strategy with its main goal of climate neutrality for the entire campus.

Our innovative range of studies around topics of the future:

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Supplementary course of study: Sustainability

The supplementary course of study offers you the opportunity to deal with sustainability issues in depth, and to combine them neatly with your own studies. In addition to the theoretical basics, their practical application is very much in focus. The supplementary study programme is open to all students.

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Biofabrication M.Sc.

The English-language, interdisciplinary master's programme is positioned between the focus areas of materials science, life sciences, and medical technology. Students are trained to become highly-qualified and ethically responsible engineers at the exciting interface between medicine and technology.

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Energy Science & Technology M.Sc.

The constantly growing demand for energy, the finite nature of fossil fuels, and the reduction of energy-related CO2 emissions are challenges that need to be overcome when dealing with the resource known as "energy". The degree programme familiarises you with future-oriented approaches to solutions, and enables you to develop new technology for energy generation, conversion, transmission, storage, and use.

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Environmental Geography M.Sc.

Besides climate change, changes in biodiversity, soil degradation, and the increase in the mass movement of people are among the major challenges of the present. The dynamics of these environmental processes require an understanding of spatial and temporal inter-relationships; especially the interaction with human activity is of utmost importance. The English-language master's programme imparts a specialist, interdisciplinary perspective, and it provides expertise and practical experience in the science of environmental systems.

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Geo-Ecology – Environmental Sciences B.Sc. & M.Sc.

If you aspire to shaping a sustainable society, you need to know how ecology works and how the environment reacts to human influence. As an interdisciplinary environmental science, geo-ecology deals with biological, chemical, and physical processes. Did you know that Geo-Ecology, established in 1978, in Bayreuth was the first degree programme of its type? To this day, "our original" sets standard for modern environmental education.

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Global Change Ecology M.Sc.

The English-language master's programme "Global Change Ecology" is dedicated to the understanding and analysis of the most important and momentous environmental problem of the 21st century: global change. With its interdisciplinary approach, the programme successfully aims to combine natural science perspectives with approaches from disciplines in social science.

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Human Geography M.Sc.

What are the consequences of the agricultural or industrial development of the geography a region? How does tourism change a society? Why do migration and urbanism influence the geography of population and settlement? In this master's programme, you can begin specialising in your contextual subject (e.g. Environmental Law) plus an elective module (e.g. Man & Environment or Development Studies).

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Materials Science & Engineering M.Sc.

New materials, lightweight construction, automotive technology, or energy and environmental technology. The choice is yours! With sound, transferrable knowledge from across several disciplines, graduation will open up a wide range of perspectives on the international job market. Skill up to develop innovative products and processes, and to play an active role in shaping the essential prerequisites for technical progress!

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Natural Products & Drug Chemistry M.Sc.

The ability to develop innovative active substances is crucial for improving our medical care. In this master's programme, unique in Germany, you will deal intensively with modern methods in the synthesis and analytics of bioactive natural substances. Embedded in the research field and focus area of "Molecular Biosciences", you will get up close and personal with international science from the word go.

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Polymer Science M.Sc.

The applications of polymeric materials range from the packaging industry, to the automotive and aircraft industries, all the way to medical technology. In terms of their growth and innovation, polymers are the material of the 21st century. The programme covers all important areas of polymer science, such as polymer synthesis, analysis, processing, biomacromolecules, materials, and polymer technology.

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Environmental & Resource Technology B.Sc. & M.Sc.

In times of climate change, engineers are more in demand than ever. The Bayreuth degree offerings combine aspects of engineering and geo-science in order to competently address the issues of environmental protection, diminishing resources, and climate change. We provide insights into research and practical developments in innovative technical solutions in the area of environmental protection and resource security.

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Biodiversity & Ecology M.Sc.

The international master's programme provides knowledge on the origins, recording, distribution, and functional significance of biological diversity at the level of genes, species, and ecosystems. It thus provides the best possible basis for dealing intensively with the effects of biodiversity loss and ecosystem change.

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Biotechnology & Process Engineering M.Sc.

The biotechnology and chemical industries are facing new challenges in the 21st century. Their mission: To integrate biotechnical processes into conventional chemical process engineering, and to overcome the challenges of the transition to renewable energy and to raw material conservation. Graduates of the master's programme have the high level of engineering competency to actively contribute to the development of tailor-made products and processes.

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Environmental Chemistry M.Sc.

Environmental chemistry deals with the global challenges caused by increasing industrialisation and the overexploitation of natural resources. Contamination is not limited to one area (air, soil, or water), but affects entire ecosystems, and often has a political dimension. The English-language master's programme deals, among other things, with the prerequisites for sustainable resource management and the prudent remediation of contaminated sites.

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Food Quality and Safety M.Sc.

The world population is growing, and globalisation is changing lifestyles and eating habits. In the process, sustainability in the production and distribution of food is becoming increasingly important. Thankfully, innovations in biochemical analytics, modern sensor technology, and intelligent data processing are opening up unimagined possibilities. The master's programme, unique in Germany, addresses these challenges.

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Health Economics B.Sc. & M.Sc.

In Health Economics, you will learn to recognise social and socio-political problems, to analyse concepts from the health sector, and to develop your own health economic proposals for solutions to these problems. The interdisciplinary degree programme in Bayreuth provides you with the necessary expertise in economics, medical management, and health sciences to make a difference.

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Global Food, Nutrition and Health M.Sc.

The central issue of this interdisciplinary master's programme, unique in Germany, is supplying the people of the world with sufficient quantities of high-quality, sustainably-produced food. The programme focuses on relevant theoretical knowledge in the fields of natural sciences, economics, ethics, law, as well as the cultural and social sciences, among others.

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Food & Health Sciences B.Sc. & M.Sc.

Over the coming years, food production will have to increase significantly in order to adequately feed a steadily growing world population. At the same time, extreme weather events caused by climate change are becoming more frequent, and are endangering agricultural yields. The Bayreuth study programme addresses precisely this issue and combines content from the natural, social, behavioural, economic, and legal sciences. law.

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Molecular Ecology M.Sc.

If you wish to explore ecological relationships from their genetic basis to evolutionary impact on complex ecosystems, then the master's programme "Molecular Ecology" at the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences is just right for you. Benefit from the diversity of research groups in the fields of ecology and molecular biology conducting cutting-edge research.

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Polymer & Colloid Chemistry B.Sc.

Can the performance of environmentally friendly paints be improved? How can plastics be structured so that they do not end up as microplastics? This study programme, unique in Germany, appeals with its focus on colloids, polymer chemistry, and polymer technology. Qualify into an exciting career in highly innovative areas of research and development through research and practice-oriented training.

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Sports Technology M.Sc.

In your degree course, you will combine current scientific findings from sports science and engineering with the demands of sports practice. While in the engineering component you will deal with materials science and product development, in sports science you can choose from four areas: Health & Fitness, Training – Performance - Competition, Sports Ecology, and Sports Management.

Degree programs in planning

  • Sustainable Chemistry & Energy M.Sc. (from 2022 winter semester)