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Mountain areas have special potential and present special challenges. They provide unique landscapes, decentralised value creation and diverse social and cultural patterns. At the same time, though, nature conservation and protection of the landscape often seem incompatible with economic interests. Climate change, growing integration into world markets and the emigration of the mountain population are giving rise to new challenges.
The regional management of mountain areas requires specialists who are familiar with these features and trends and can adopt an interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach to their work, focusing on practicality and goals. The MSc in Life Sciences with the ‘Regional Management in Mountain Areas’ (Alpine master’s) major equips you for precisely this task.
It is offered jointly by the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL) and Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences (HSWT).
The Alpine master’s programme will equip you with sound professional knowledge of regional management in mountain areas – you will become an expert in your field.
You decide whether to focus on agricultural or on forestry aspects – the Alpine master’s builds on expertise from both sectors.
You will develop the ability to delve quickly and independently into unfamiliar areas, then implement your new knowledge in practice.
You will master a broad spectrum of methodological and leadership skills and learn to manage complex projects competently.
You will become adept at making scientific contributions in multidisciplinary teams.
You will spend one semester at HAFL in Zollikofen (Bern) and one at the HSWT in Weihenstephan near Munich. The third semester is spent working on your master’s thesis.
The modules will provide you with opportunities to make contact with researchers and practitioners through case studies, roundtable meetings and excursions.
Your master’s thesis enables you to specialise in a mountain issue of your choice.