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Master in Environmental Management of Mountain Areas (EMMA) 

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

Faculty Faculty for Biology
Duration/ ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree Master of Science (MSc)
Qualification Level Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 0521 Environmental Sciences
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code UC 066 636
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2014W) *
Language of Instruction English, German, Italian
Admission Requirements 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. 

* 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.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)


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.

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).

Third Semester »

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!

Fourth 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

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

Qualification Profile and Skills

The double degree Master's Programme in Environmental Management of Mountain Areashas an interdisciplinary focus and is offered in cooperation with the Faculty of Science and Technology of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. The programme is suitable for graduates of the bachelor's programmes in the fields of biology, environmental engineering, natural sciences and technologies, agriculture and forestry and graduates with a thematically relevant bachelor’s degree. A two-year study programme is offered. The official teaching language is English. Elective compulsory subjects are offered in English, German or Italian.

The first study year is to be completed at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and conveys a combination of natural science and technical skills and competences in nine compulsory modules. The second study year at the University of Innsbruck with two compulsory modules and several elective modules, gives students the possibility to focus on environmental and resource management, nature protection, landscape ecology and planning, agriculture and forestry as well as water and waste management. Regardless of the chosen specialization, students learn to research scientifically, to approach target- and results-oriented and to work project-related in the course of their master’s thesis.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialized knowledge in the fields of mountain ecology, information technologies of landscape planning, ecological renaturation, planning and projecting in mountain areas. They are able to apply their knowledge in the field of advanced materials and at the intersections of other nature sciences by independently formulating and substantiating scientific arguments and finding innovative solutions to problems.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The interdisciplinary and research-oriented master's programme opens up a wide range of occupational opportunities for graduates, in particular environmental assessment, monitoring and management of protected areas, projecting and eco-certification in the fields of agriculture and forestry, analysis and natural hazard assessment of hydrogeological origin, and elaboration of development plans of agricultural mountain areas, and scientific careers.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Supplementary Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary 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.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

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
Outstanding performance
59.8 TAB
= 100%


Generally good, but with some errors
Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
Performance meets the minimum criteria
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). 

Information on the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Technikerstraße 17 Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Dean of Studies 
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Birgit Weinberger Information portal for Biology Students of the University of Innsbruck 

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