Study Plan (Full Time Study)

As a full-time study, the master´s degree in Environmental Chemistry can be obtained in 4 semesters, earning 30 ECTS per semester and a total of 120 ECTS until completion of the programme.


Mode of Teaching: L = Lecture, TP = Tutorial/Practical Courses, S = Seminar, FT = Field Trip

WHS = weekly hours per semester

PA = Performance Assessment: wE = written exam, oE = oral exam, Rep = Report, Pres = Presentation

ECTS = credit points according to the European Credit Transfer System, 1 ECTS equals a workload of 30 hours

1st Semester Mode WHS PA ECTS
A1 Atmospheric Chemistry and Organic Pollutants 5
Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry L 2 wE
Organic Pollutants L 2
S1 Soil and Terrestrial Biogeochemistry 1 5
Introduction to Soil Chemistry L 2 wE
Terrestrial Biogeochemistry I L 2
W1 Aquatic Geochemistry 5
Introduction to Aquatic Geochemistry L 2 wE/oE
Methods in Aquatic Geochemistry TP 2 Rep
C1 Geochemical Modeling 5
Geochemical Modeling TP 4 wE/oE
M1 Scientific Writing and Symposium 5
Scientific Writing S 2 Rep
Symposium Global Environmental Challenges S 1 Pres
E1 Elective/ Internship according to specifications 5
2nd Semester ModeWHS PA ECTS
A2 Atmospheric Chemistry Research Project a) 5
Atmospheric Chemistry Research Project S/TP 4 Pres/Rep
S2 Soil and Terrestrial Biogeochemistry 2 a) 5
Terrestrial Biogeochemistry II L 2 wE
Soil Processes TP 2 Rep
W2 Inorganic and Organic Contaminant Hydrology a) 5
Introduction to Reactive Transport L 2 wE/oE
Organic Contaminants in the Water Cycle S 2
C2 Analytical Chemistry and Inorganic Pollutants a) 5
Introduction to Environmental Analytical Chemistry L/TP 2 wE/oE
Inorganic Pollutants and Nutrients L 2
C3 Mass Spectrometry a) 5
Basics in Mass Spectrometry S 2 wE/oE
Application of Mass Spectrometry in Trace Element Analysis TP 2
EB1 Environmental Microbiology a) 5
Introduction to Environmental Microbiology L/S 2 wE
Environmental Microbiology Project TP 2 Rep
M2 Research Module 5
Research Project TP 8 Pres/Rep
E2 Elective/ Internship according to specifications 5

a) choose 4 out of 6 modules (A2, S2, W2, C2, C3, and EB1)

3rd Semester Mode WHS PA ECTS
A3/S3 Air and Soil Pollution b) 5
Atmospheric Aerosols - Health and Climate Effects S 2 wE/oE
Soil Pollution L 2
W3 Biogeochemical Methods in Hydrology b) 5
Introduction to Aquatic Biogeochemistry L 1 Pres/Rep
Aquatic Biogeochemistry Project TP 3
C4 Environmental Toxicology, Health, and Forensics b) 5
Environmental Toxicology and Health L 2 wE/oE
Environmental Forensics S 2 Pres/Rep
C5 Field Trip Germany b) 5
Environmental Challenges and Remediation in Germany FT 4 Pres/Rep
EB2 Analytical Microscopy Project b) 5
Analytical Microscopy in Geomicrobiology and Environmental Science L/TP 4 Rep
Iso1 Isotope Biogeochemistry 5
Stable Isotopes L 2 wE/oE
Radioactive Isotopes L 1
Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry TP 1
M3 Paper Seminar and Research Plan 5
Paper Seminar "hot topics" S 2 Pres
Designing and Presenting a Research Plan S 2 Rep
E3 Elective/ Internship according to specifications 5

b) choose 4 out of 6 modules (A3/S3, W3, C4, C5, EB2, and Iso1)

4th Semester ECTS
T Master Thesis 30
Master Thesis including 1 presentation

All modules excluding the M- and E-modules are graded. The weighting for calculating the overall grade of the master´s degree is based on the indicated ECTS per module.