Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde

Profile BIOM

Aim: The aim of the international and interdisciplinary Biosphere Reserves Management programme is to provide a coherent teaching of theoretical, methodological, and practical knowledge and skills in the management of biosphere reserves, so that graduates can implement and sustainably improve the UNESCO MAB (Man and Biosphere) Programme and its World Network of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.

Consistency: The consecutive Master's programme builds on the Bachelor's programmes "International Forest Ecosystem Management (B.Sc.)", "Landscape Use and Nature Conservation (B.Sc.)," and "Organic Farming and Marketing (B.Sc.)". It is also suitable for applicants for other Bachelor's programmes with a focus on ecosystems/sustainable natural resource management or social-ecological systems research. This especially includes study programmes in the following fields:

  • Agriculture and forestry, horticulture and agricultural and forest sciences;
  • Nature conservation, environmental sciences (excluding environmental engineering), landscape ecology;
  • Environmental and spatial planning, landscape management and planning;
  • Environmental and resource economics;
  • Geography, geology, geo-ecology, and biology;
  • Teacher training with the aforementioned subjects, as long as both teaching subjects relate to the aforementioned scientific fields.

Applicants with other bachelor's degrees related to sustainability can apply if they have acquired at least 18 ECTS credits in natural or ecological sciences. Applicants must be able to present and prove these fundamentals in natural/ecological sciences in tabular form in an attachment to the application letter. Applicants with other degrees who have at least one year of relevant professional experience may also apply. The head of the study programme decides on the recognition.

Language: English

All applicants must demonstrate a good knowledge of English as a language requirement for admission: European Framework of Reference with level C1 or equivalent qualifications. For an equivalent test, a copy of the corresponding language certificate must be submitted. Applicants whose native language is English in their home country do not need to submit an English language certificate. The country information of the Federal Foreign Office is used to check the mother tongue of a country. Graduates of English-language degree programmes and of the HNEE's "International Forest Ecosystem Management" (B.Sc.) programme do not have to provide any further language certificates. If applicants do not have a suitable English language certificate at the time of admission, they can be admitted for a limited period of time if the course director approves. The corresponding proof must then be provided before registration for the second semester.

We recommend at least level B2 when you register for the programme. Further information is still in progress.

Graduation: Master of Science

Start: Winter term 2020


  • First and second semesters: teaching of natural and social science concepts in relation to biosphere reserves worldwide, teaching of management methods and governance processes, learning of communication skills, as well as transformative and participatory approaches. In the first semester, students must choose one of two elective modules offered. In the second semester, students are once more free to choose from one of the elective modules.
  • 3rd semester: Carrying out a research project (for details see § 5, para. 6).
  • 4th semester: writing of the Master's thesis with defence and participation in a Master's colloquium.

Joint Venture: Cooperation of different departments at the HNEE: 1, 2 und 4

Duration: The standard period of study is four semesters of full-time study. The course is not suitable for part-time students (120 ECTS).

Internship: 3rd semester (24 Credits),
Masterthesis 4th semester (26 Credits)