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

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 I 5
Atmospheric Chemistry I L 2 wE
Hands On TP 2
S1 Soil and Terrestrial Biogeochemistry I
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 II a) 5
Atmospheric Chemistry II L 2 Rep
Atmospheric Chemistry Research Project TP 2
S2 Soil and Terrestrial Biogeochemistry II a) 5
Terrestrial Biogeochemistry II L 2 wE (50%)
Soil Processes TP 2 Rep (50%)
EB1 Environmental Microbiology a) 5
Introduction to Environmental Microbiology L/S 2 wE (50%)
Environmental Microbiology Project TP 2 Rep (50%)
E1 Elective/ Internship b) according to specifications 5
3rd Semester Mode WHS PA ECTS
W1 Aquatic Geochemistry 5
Introduction to Aquatic Geochemistry L 2 wE/oE
Methods in Aquatic Geochemistry TP 2
C1 Geochemical Modeling 5
Introduction to Environmental Geochemistry and Geochemical Modeling TP 4 wE/oE
S3 Organic and Inorganic Soil Contamination c) 5
Soil Contamination L 2 wE (50%)
Organic Pollutants TP 2 Rep (50%)
EB2 Analytical Microscopy Project c) 5
Analytical Microscopy in Geomicrobiology and Environmental Science L/TP 4 Rep
Iso1 Isotope Biogeochemistry c) 5
Stable Isotopes L 2 wE/oE
Radioactive Isotopes L 1
Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry TP 1
4th Semester Mode WHS PA ECTS

W2 Principles of Reactive Transport d)

Introduction to Reactive Transport L 2 wE/oE
Problems in Reactive Transport S 2
C2 Environmental Analytical Chemistry I - Basic Methods d) 5
Introduction to Environmental Analytical Chemistry L 2 wE/oE
Basic Laboratory and Field Method Training TP 2
C3 Inorganic Pollutants and Environmental Forensics d) 5
Inorganic Pollutants L 2 wE/oE
Environmental Forensics S 2
E2 Elective/ Internship b)
according to specifications 5
5th Semester Mode WHS PA ECTS
W3 Biogeochemical Methods in Hydrology e) 5
Introduction to Aquatic Biogeochemistry L 1 Pres/Rep
Aquatic Biogeochemistry Project TP 3
C4 Environmental Analytical Chemistry II - Advanced Methods e) 5
Environmental Analytical Chemistry II L/S 2 wE/oE
Advanced Laboratory Methods TP 2
C5 Mass Spectrometry e) 5
Basics in Mass Spectrometry S 2 wE/oE
Application of Mass Spectrometry in Trace Element Analysis TP 2
W4 Hydrological Systems Analysis e) 5
Hydrological Systems L 2 wE/oE
Organic Contaminants in the Water Cycle S 2
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 S 2 Pres
Designing and Presenting a Research Plan S 2 Rep
E3 Elective/ Internship b)
according to specifications 5
7th and 8th Semester ECTS
T Master´s Thesis 30
Master´s Thesis including 1 presentation

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

b) The total numbers of credit points for all E-modules together is 15 ECTS; the 15 ECTS can be achieved in any combination of different lectures or modules with different ECTS.

c) choose 1 out of 3 modules (S3, EB2, Iso1)

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

e) choose 3 out of 4 modules (W3, W4, C4, C5)


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.

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