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M.Sc. Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (TERMA)
Cologne University of Applied Sciences – Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics


Address Institute for Technology and Resources Management, in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT), Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Betzdorfer Straße 2, 50679 Köln Germany
Tel. No. ++49-221-8275-2125
Fax. No. ++49-221-8275-2736
E-mail address
Course Master Programme in Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (TERMA)
Subjects studied Core Modules:
- Natural Environment
- Human Environment
- Environmental Economics
- International Development and Cooperation
- Project Management

Elective Modules:
- Modules in the specialization area Water Resources Management
- Modules in the specialization area Urban and Regional Management
- Modules offered in the specialization area Land and Environmental Management
- Modules offered in the specialization area Renewable Energy Management
- Research and Project Management Modules
- Scientific Work
- Research Methods (GIS & Remote Sensing, Statistic)
- Team Project
- Preparation of the Master Thesis
- Master Thesis
Type of course Full-time
Length of course 4 Semesters. The 3rd semester being for master thesis. Field work normally conducted abroad in the framework of an ITT research project.
Date of commencement The master's program starts in the winter term. The application must be sent until August 15th of respective year to the student service office (Studierendenservice) for admission in the respective academic year.
Class size 25 (on average)
Cost/Fees 500 € semester fee
Accommodation Not available, support provided to find accommodation
Student grants / financial assistance Foreign applicants can apply for DAAD scholarships (German Academic Exchange Service). Further, Foreign students interested in the elective "Integrated Water Management in the Tropics and Subtropics" can also apply for a scholarship within the program "International Postgraduate Studies in Water Technologies" (IPSWaT), supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Top recruiters of our graduates Government Institutions (Ministries, Water, Environment Authorities)
Non-governmental Institutions, International Organisations working in the fields of natural resources management
Engineering Companies
Utilities and consultancies
Exchange partner schools Ain Shams University (ASU) Cairo, Egypt
South Valley University (SWU) Kena & Aswan, Egypt
Universidad Nacional del Nordeste (UNNE) Corrientes, Argentina
Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC) Fortaleza-Ceará, Brasil
Universidade Fortaleza (UNIFOR) Fortaleza-Ceará, Brasil
Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) Rio de Janeiro-RJ, Brasil
Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP) São Paulo, Brasil
Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (UCV) Valparaíso, Chile
Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) Yogyakarta, Indonesia
University of Jordan (JU) Amman, Jordan
Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi (UASLP) San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) Maputo, Mozambique
University of Rangoon Rangoon, Myanmar
Khwopa Engineering College (KEC) Dekosha, Bhaktapur, Nepal
Kathmandu University Kathmandu, Nepal
Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR) Hanoi, Vietnam
National University Partners
Universität Bonn, Faculty of Agriculture
Universität Köln, Institute of Geography
Universität Leipzig
Admissions requirements Proof of proficiency in English language:
1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language, USA) of at least 550 (computerized version: 213, internet based version: 79)
1. IELTS (International English Language Testing System, UK), level 6 2. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, Level C1 3. or a comparable proof
Student profile European Union, South America, Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, Gulf Countries, Asia.
2. Ratio Men: Women 50/50
3. Age Range 20 – 30 years
4. Average Age 25
5. Average Work Experience 2 years
Contact person for application Ricarda Bruder
Course director Prof. Dr. Lars Ribbe


About the M.Sc. Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (TERMA)

To date, almost 500 young professionals graduated in this program. After a common phase providing knowledge and skills on natural and human environment, management, economics and international cooperation, students focus on one main area: water management, land management, renewable energies or regional management. The master thesis is typically related to a project in a developing country.

The background of the program and objectives address pertinent problems related to a fast global population growth, water and energy crises and the world food security problematic. These issues force us to develop new strategies and means of managing natural resources. Therefore, experts having a wide range of knowledge to analyse complex human-environmental systems and to develop appropriate solutions are in great demand.

Tropical and subtropical regions typically face particular challenges due to the above mentioned pressures and economic development interacting with highly vulnerable natural environments. The objective of the M.Sc. “Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics” (TERMA) is to provide the participants with the appropriate knowledge and skills to analyse current problems related to the usage and management of land, water, and energy resources at various scales and to develop adequate solutions towards sustainable development. To this end, the ITT emphasises a holistic approach combining technological, economic and socio-political aspects of environmental and resources management.

The master programme is embedded in the international and interdisciplinary learning and research environment of the ITT.


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