UNU/University of Bonn International Joint MSc Program 2021/2022 (Scholarship available)

UNU/University of Bonn International Joint MSc Program 2021/2022 (Scholarship available)

Deadline: December 15, 2021

Applications are open for the UNU/University of Bonn International Joint MSc Program 2021/2022: Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security. The main purpose of the two-year Master of Science program is to provide postgraduate students with detailed knowledge, critical understanding, strategies and the tools required to take an interdisciplinary approach towards environmental risks and human security.

The Master’s program addresses theoretical and methodological debates in geography to better understand the complex emergence of environmental risks and natural hazards, their implications for human-nature relations (vulnerability, resilience, adaptation) and how to deal with them in practice.

As a joint program offered by the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn and the United Nations University in Bonn, the course provides a unique combination of advanced conceptual and applied engagements within the field of environmental risks and human security in an international context.


  • A number of fully-funded scholarships can be offered to students from developing countries.


  • Applicants must possess a first higher education qualification (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in Geography or a related/relevant academic field. Out of all achieved academic performances (Bachelor’s, Master’s, additional coursework, etc.) the majority of attended courses (as 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 Program. Applicants should be highly motivated to learn in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment.
  • All applicants need to provide proof of their English language proficiency, except for native speakers from countries specified hereafter: Australia, Canada, Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Eligible candidates interested in the scholarship should fulfil the following requirements in addition to the general eligibility criteria for the Master’s program:

  • Being a candidate from an eligible developing country (check the list);
  • Having accumulated at least two years of relevant work experience since graduation from the Bachelor’s by the time of application (e.g. with an NGO, GO, or the private sector);
  • Having graduated from last academic degree no longer than 6 years ago by the time of application;
  • Having completed no other Master’s degree in a similar field of studies;
  • Aiming to pursue a career as a practitioner in the field of development following graduation from the Master’s program (not in an academic area/not aiming to pursue a PhD);
  • Being ready to commit fully to the Joint Master’s degree in case accepted for the program and a DAAD EPOS scholarship.


To apply,

  • submit the online application form
  • gather the required documents (including the academic writing sample) precisely as explained
  • rename the merged application documents’ file as [your last name.your first name].pdf,
  • and send your application documents via e-mail to [email protected]

For more information, visit UNU Joint MSc.