Nature Conservation and Landscape Planning (M. Sc.)

Department Agriculture, Ecotrophology, and Landscape Development

Course content and objectives

The master’s program in Nature Conservation and Landscape Planning, which is unique in Germany in this form, builds on the bachelor’s degree and focuses exclusively on current requirements of nature conservation. This was also confirmed in the WWF study on nature conservation education at German universities.

During the program, students get intensive, in-depth knowledge of ecology, flora-vegetation, and fauna. At the same time, existing knowledge of landscape planning tools and skills in processing data with the help of modern information systems are further developed. Student projects or master’s theses are worked on in cooperation with nature conservation agencies, NGOs, and numerous partners from the area of applied research. Guest lecturers who are nature conservation practitioners are included in courses. A special focus is placed on global aspects and European legal provisions.

Graduates of the program are able to tackle complex tasks to conserve nature and landscapes with the background of societal demands in various scientific and practical fields. The completed master’s program in Nature Conservation and Landscape Planning also offers excellent opportunities in Germany and abroad across the entire spectrum of nature conservation and landscape planning. Possible areas of activity include scientific and research institutions but also nature conservation administration at the federal and state level, large conservation areas (e.g. national parks, biosphere reserves), national and international environmental and nature conservation organizations, and expert, planning, and engineering agencies.


  • University Degree

    A qualified university degree in the bachelor's degree program in nature conservation and landscape planning or comparable courses with a standard period of study of at least three years is required.

  • Language Skills
    • TestDAF Niveaustufe 4xTDN4
    • DSH2
    • or another acceptable German language certificate
  • Aptitude Test Procedure

    1. Grade of first academic degree:

    • final grade up to 2.5 - admission possible
    • final grade > 2.5 - goes into the assessment procedure

    2. Further criteria:

    • letter of motivation (incl. presentation of professional experience and/or internships in the field of nature conservation and landscape planning as well as voluntary activities in nature conservation) 
    • school/academic and professional curriculum
    • proof of succesful completion of vocational training (optional)
    • proof of professional experience/internships outside of vocational training/studies
    • if necessary aptitude interview