International Programmes 2019/2020

Environment and Resources Management with Focus on Latin America and the Caribbean: Double Degree Master's Programme between Mexico and Germany Double Master’s Degree: Environment and Resources Management

TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences) • Köln

Degree
Graduates of the programme receive a degree of each university:
- TH Köln: Master of Science Natural Resources Management and Development
- UASLP: Maestría en Ciencias Ambientales
Course location
Köln
In cooperation with
Multidisciplinary Postgraduate Programme for Environmental Sciences (PMPCA) at the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí (UASLP) in Mexico
Teaching language
  • English
  • Spanish
Languages

Courses in Mexico are mainly held in Spanish, while the official teaching language at ITT is English.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Beginning
Winter semester
More information on beginning of studies
Winter semester (August) in San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Application deadline

For scholarship and non-scholarship applicants: 31 January of each year

For detailed information on the application process, please visit our website: http://www.enrem-master.info/application/required-documentation.

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
No
Joint degree / double degree programme
Yes
Description/content

The basic concept of the two-year double degree Master's programme builds on the two accredited Master's programmes of the cooperating universities in Mexico and in Germany:

  • Maestria en Ciencias Ambientales at the Programa Multidisciplinario de Posgrado en Ciencias Ambientales (PMPCA) at Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi (UASLP, Mexico) with a multidisciplinary context
  • Master in Natural Resources Management and Development at the Institute for Technology and Resources Management (ITT) at TH Köln University of Applied Science with an interdisciplinary approach.

The curriculum is a systematic combination of both university programmes, based on mutual recognition of the modules.

Structure of the programme:

  • First semester: core modules
  • Second and third semesters: core module, project modules, thesis preparation modules, and electives modules.
  • Fourth semester: field research abroad (up to three months), Master's thesis, and colloquium either at UASLP or at TH Köln

Content:

  • 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's Thesis Preparation
  • Elective modules from the ENREM catalogue, e.g.,: Urban, Regional and Community Based Management, Ecological and Social Risks Management, Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus, Environmental Education, Prevention and Control, Integrated Environmental Health, Climate Change, Ecology of Crops Production
  • 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 mandatory modules, each student has to choose a minimum of four elective modules from the catalogues ENREM (PMPCA, NRM), one elective module from the "Methods and Tools" catalogue and three elective modules from any module catalogue, including those of the adjoining Master's programmes "Integrated Water Resources Management IWRM" and "Renewable Energy Management REM".
The key competencies in order to provide solutions for sustainable use of renewable natural resources, particularly in Latin America, will be provided in mandatory and elective modules. The focus of "Methods and Tools" is on scientific methodological skills.
The practice-oriented and intercultural character of the programme will be supported by didactic elements such as group work, problem-based learning methods, and field trips to relevant project sites.
Moreover, to enhance the learning experience, the ENREM programme offers a wide range of extracurricular activities like seminars on intercultural communication, languages courses, etc.

Course organisation

The Master's programme starts in the winter semester of each academic year.
The mobility concept of the programme begins with the first year in Mexico, the third semester takes place in Germany, and the last semester is exclusively for the development of the Master's thesis project either in Mexico or another Latin American country or Germany, depending on the thesis topic.

Types of assessment

The Master's programme is divided into individual modules, each of which concludes with an examination. A module examination may be subdivided into several individual examinations of the same or different type. Besides written and oral examinations, other types of examination may be applicable for module examinations, in particular, oral reports and presentations, term papers, project papers, concepts, or internship reports.

A Diploma supplement will be issued
Yes
International elements
  • Integrated study abroad unit(s)
  • International guest lecturers
  • Language training provided
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • Study trips
  • Courses are led with foreign partners
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
  • Content-related regional focus
Integrated study abroad unit(s)

First and second semesters in Mexico (UASLP)
Third semester in Germany (TH Köln)
Fourth semester in Mexico, another Latin American country, or Germany

Integrated internships

Internships are supported in development cooperation institutions and private sector companies.

Special promotion / funding of the programme
  • DAAD development-related postgraduate course
  • Other (e.g. state level)
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
No
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
No
The course of study can be taken entirely online
No
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • MOOCs
  • Webinar
  • Wikis
Description of e-learning elements
  • Learning based on case studies and project-based learning (PBL) to strengthen analytical and project management skills
  • The existing video conferencing facilities at both universities are increasingly being used to conduct lectures and examinations. In particular, the final defence of most Master's theses are also conducted via video conferencing in order to bring together all of the supervisors (“comité tutelar”).
Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
No
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
No
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
No
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Semester contribution
All students of ENREM need to pay the semester fee during all four semesters at both universities (TH Köln and UASLP).
For detailed information on semester fees at each university, please visit our website: http://www.enrem-master.info/university-enrollment/study-fees.
Costs of living
The cost of living for your stay largely depends on your personal needs. When planning your stay, you should calculate monthly costs of approx. 800–1,000 EUR.
Funding opportunities within the university
No
Academic Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to the Master's programme, candidates must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in engineering, natural sciences, geosciences, agriculture, forestry, political sciences, social sciences or architecture. 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
  • Two years of professional experience (for DAAD scholarship requirement)
  • Motivation letter (1 page)
  • Project idea (one or two pages: description of research interest for Master's thesis related to the research areas at ITT and PMPCA)
  • A relation to environmental management, either by studies or professional working experience

Information about the application process, required documents, and application forms is available at http://www.enrem-master.info/application.

Language requirements
  • English language proficiency (TOEFL: PBT 550 points, CBT 213, iBT 79–80; IELTS 6.0) for all participants
  • Spanish language proficiency (applies to applicants who are not native speakers of Spanish)
  • Basic knowledge of the German language for Mexican and Latin American candidates is an advantage, but it is not mandatory.
Application deadline

For scholarship and non-scholarship applicants: 31 January of each year

For detailed information on the application process, please visit our website: http://www.enrem-master.info/application/required-documentation.

Submit application to

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

Please do not send hard copies of the application form.

For detailed information on the application process, please visit our website (http://www.enrem-master.info/application) or contact us via e-mail: info-enrem@th-koeln.de.

Possibility of finding part-time employment

Taking on a part-time job while studying has lots of benefits. Students can earn some extra money, gain valuable professional experience, and might take a first step up on the career ladder. Gaining a first insight into the German corporate world is especially beneficial for international students.
Many students partially fund their studies at TH Köln by taking on a part-time job in or outside the university. TH Köln can assist you in finding a job that suits your profile and interests. Our Career Service and our Part-Time Job Service ("Nebenjobservice") offer comprehensive counselling and specific information events on all aspects related to part-time jobs.
Please be aware that the level of your German language skills will strongly affect your chances of finding a part-time job.

Accommodation

Being Germany's fourth largest city, Cologne is a highly attractive place to live. The increasing influx of people can make the search for adequate accommodation quite difficult. Dozens of apartment hunters often compete for one single apartment. This is why the International Office strongly recommends that you start looking for a place to live as soon as possible.

Cologne's most convenient and economical housing option is often a student dormitory. A public student services association called "Kölner Studierendenwerk" (KSTW) operates 88 student dorms offering roughly 4,800 rooms. The seemingly large number of dorm rooms is misleading; as the dormitories are open to the roughly 80,000 students enrolled at all Cologne universities, they are in extremely high demand. Please be aware that TH Köln does not allocate the rooms in these dorms. Please apply directly to the KSTW.

The fierce competition on the private housing market has resulted in above-market rents – particularly in proximity of the city centre. We therefore encourage you to be flexible. Try to look for apartments outside the centre or share an apartment – and the cost of rent – with other students.

Career advisory service
  • An assessment career training and informative meeting in Mexico and Germany, e.g., CIM ("Centrum für internationale Migration und Entwicklung"), to inform students about the programme “Returning Experts”
  • Alumni Reports: In an intergenerational debate, the alumni offer their experience in networking, job search and selection and on the job. This creates opportunities for alumni networking as well as for current students’ access to Master's thesis topics and further employment.
Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Tutors
  • Accompanying programme
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation
  • Visa matters
  • Pick-up service

TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences)

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Main building, Südstadt Campus, TH Köln © TH Köln

Technische Hochschule Köln – abbreviated as TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences – sees itself as a university of technology, arts, and sciences. With its disciplinary and cultural diversity and openness, TH Köln's activities are aimed at cultural and technological breakthroughs of high societal relevance. Thus, TH Köln contributes substantially to resolving social challenges. As a community of faculty and students, we see ourselves as a learning organisation forging new paths. For instance, TH Köln is one of the pioneers in the field of development and formation of concepts for higher education didactics.

Our subject range includes the fields of applied natural sciences, architecture and construction, information and communication, computer science, engineering, culture and society, and social sciences as well as business studies. More than 80 degree programmes are offered as full-time programmes or, in some cases, as career-integrated or part-time programmes. As a place where research-based learning and academic education take place, the university nurtures prospective scholars through cooperative dissertations. Annually, about 6,000 students take up their studies at TH Köln. Overall, 26,000 students from about 120 different countries along with 430 professors and 1,420 staff members apply their potential.

Research mainly focuses on future-related issues, including climate change, energy supply, health, and food safety as well as demographic changes. While developing solution strategies for the most important questions of our time, researchers offer their professional expertise in interdisciplinary interaction. At the same time, they collaborate closely with local, national, and international cooperation partners, including 350 international institutions of higher education. The university offers its researchers an attractive sphere of activity. The quality seal "HR Excellence in Research" awarded by the European Commission certifies that TH Köln meets international standards in the field of human resources development.
TH Köln’s campuses are located in Cologne, Gummersbach, and Leverkusen.

67 Percentage of female students registered in the programme

University Location

Its metropolitan vibe, diverse student scene and a cityscape abounding with cultural and historical treasures make Cologne one of Europe's prime university cities. Cologne's origins date back to the Roman Empire more than 2,000 years ago. Today, Cologne is Germany's fourth largest city with a population of just over one million and has evolved as an economic and cultural metropolis at the heart of Europe. The city's characteristic landmark and source of pride for every inhabitant is without a doubt the magnificent Cologne Cathedral, locally known as the "Kölner Dom". Towering over the quaint Old Town of Cologne at 156 metres, this masterpiece of Gothic architecture is the world's third-highest cathedral and attracts around six million visitors a year, making it Germany's most popular tourist attraction. Visitors from all over the world are bound to feel at home immediately, as Cologne is a true melting pot of cultures. Close to one-fifth of its inhabitants have an international background. Cologne's economy is characterised by its amalgamation of different industries and trades. Home to the country's most influential television and radio stations, Cologne is unquestionably Germany's media capital and host to some of the continent's biggest trade fairs. Quite a few of the world's most renowned enterprises call the metropolitan region their home, in particular, corporations operating in the automobile industry, biotechnology and life sciences, chemicals and pharmaceuticals as well as commerce and banking. Please note that TH Köln also has two remote campuses outside Cologne, which are located in the towns of Gummersbach and Leverkusen. Gummersbach is a town with 50,000 inhabitants located 55 km east of Cologne, surrounded by a hilly landscape which is a recreational area for residents from Cologne and other cities nearby. The campus can be reached in a few minutes from Gummersbach train station. A train ride to Cologne, which is the largest city in the region, takes one hour and ten minutes and will be covered by the semester ticket, which is included in the semester fee. Students will be able to find affordable accommodation in Gummersbach and focus on their studies in the great environment of a modern campus. The Leverkusen campus is located 15 km north of Cologne in the CHEMPARK in Leverkusen, which is one of the largest chemical parks in Europe. Global players from the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, such as Bayer and LANXESS, are located there. With 160,000 inhabitants, Leverkusen is a smaller industrial city that has plenty of opportunities for relaxation, thanks to its location in the foothills of the Bergisches Land region. In Leverkusen, you can find urban buzz and village-like tranquillity in close proximity. The campus can also be reached with the TH Köln semester ticket.