Master in Environmental Management of Mountain Areas (EMMA)

Curriculum (2014W)

Master of Science

4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study

English, German, Italian

The admission to the study programme takes place by the rectorate. According to the cooperation agreement max. 35 students will be admitted per academic year. Information on the admission and the admission procedure will be found on the website of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and in the Study Manifesto of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. Tuition fees are to be paid at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. 

Faculty of Biology

Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7

0521 Environmental Sciences

Study Code
UC 066 636

Joint Study Programme of the University of Innsbruck with the Free University of Bozen

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The curriculum is the basis of a degree programme. A look at the curriculum for the Master in Environmental Management of Mountain Areas (EMMA)  gives you a detailed overview of the structure, content, examination regulations and qualification profile of this Master's degree.

The curriculum can clarify several important questions before you start your studies. For example, which criteria must be fulfilled for enrolment in the Master in Environmental Management of Mountain Areas (EMMA), how long the programme lasts, which modules must be completed and much more.

The 2014W curriculum currently applies to the Master in Environmental Management of Mountain Areas (EMMA).

Information on the Curriculum (2014W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
 available at:
Section: Current Curriculum version.


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Proof of general university entrance qualification:

The general university entrance qualification for admission to a master's programme must be proven by the completion of a subject-related bachelor's programme, another subject-related programme of at least the same higher education level at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or a program defined in the curriculum of the master's programme. To compensate for significant differences in subject matter, supplementary examinations (maximum 30 ECTS credits) may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the master's programme. The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the master's programme.

Information can be found on the homepage of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.

ECTS-Anrechnungspunkte (Arbeitsbelastung)

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

A total of 60 ECTS-Credits must be passed by all students within the first two semesters at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. More Information can be found here

The following sequence of courses is recommended for the third and fourth semesters at the University of Innsbruck:

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Selected Topics of Environmental Management
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
12.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis › continue 4th semester!

15.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module  
2.0 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis Defence

Course Sequence

Extension Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Extension Programme corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Extension Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading scheme Definition %-age
1EXCELLENT: Outstanding performance 59.8= 100%
2 GOOD: Generally good, but with some errors 29.7
3SATISFACTORY: Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 8.2
4SUFFICIENT: Performance meets the minimum criteria 2.3
5INSUFFICIENT: Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

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