Study Plan (Part Time Study)

The Environmental Chemistry master´s programme can also be studied part-time. It is then scheduled for 8 semesters, earning 15 ECTS per semester and a total of 120 ECTS until completion of the programme with the master´s degree. The following overview is one suggestion for successful completion within the foreseen time. If you consider studying part-time please contact the programme coordinator for an individualized study plan before you start!


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
M1 Scientific Writing and Symposium 5
Scientific Writing S 2 Rep
Symposium Global Environmental Challenges S 1 Pres
2nd Semester Mode WHS 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
EB1 Environmental Microbiology a) 5
Introduction to Environmental Microbiology L/S 2 wE
Environmental Microbiology Project TP 2 Rep
E1 Elective/ Internship according to specifications 5

a) choose 2 out of 3 modules (A2, S2, and EB1)

3rd Semester Mode WHS PA ECTS
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
A3/S3 Air and Soil Pollution b) 5
Atmospheric Aerosols - Health and Climate Effects S 2 wE/oE
Soil Pollution L 2
EB2 Analytical Microscopy Project b) 5
Analytical Microscopy in Geomicrobiology and Environmental Science L/TP 4 Rep

b) choose 1 out of 2 modules (A3/S3 and EB2)

4th Semester Mode WHS PA ECTS
W2 Inorganic and Organic Contaminant Hydrology c) 5
Introduction to Reactive Transport L 2 wE/oE
Organic Contaminants in the Water Cycle S 2
C2 Analytical Chemistry and Inorganic Pollutants c) 5
Introduction to Environmental Analytical Chemistry L/TP 2 wE/oE
Inorganic Pollutants and Nutrients L 2
C3 Mass Spectrometry c) 5
Basics in Mass Spectrometry S 2 wE/oE
Application of Mass Spectrometry in Trace Element Analysis TP 2
E2 Elective/ Internship according to specifications 5

c) choose 2 out of 3 modules (W2, C2, and C3)

5th Semester Mode WHS PA ECTS
W3 Biogeochemical Methods in Hydrology d) 5
Introduction to Aquatic Biogeochemistry L 1 Pres/Rep
Aquatic Biogeochemistry Project TP 3
C4 Environmental Toxicology, Health, and Forensics d) 5
Environmental Toxicology and Health L 2 wE/oE
Environmental Forensics S 2 Pres/Rep
C5 Field Trip Germany d) 5
Environmental Challenges and Remediation in Germany FT 4 Pres/Rep
Iso1 Isotope Biogeochemistry d) 5
Stable Isotopes L 2 wE/oE
Radioactive Isotopes L 1
Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry TP 1

d) choose 3 out of 4 modules (W3, C4, C5, and Iso1)

6th Semester Mode WHS PA ECTS
M2 Research Module 5
Research Project TP 8 Pres/Rep
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
7th and 8th 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.