The program has been designed to provide students with the necessary understanding of global sustainability issues, an ability to work in interdisciplinary teams, and sound training in socio-economic concepts and methods.
The MSc program prepares graduates for
Employment as policy analysts, program managers, consultants, civil servants, project managers, and advisors who provide an insight into and support decision processes relating to sustainability issues by, for example, undertaking risk and uncertainty analyses in the social and environmental sectors; analyzing long-term developments relating to climate change, population development or aging in society; undertaking sustainability appraisals at company, regional or policy levels; helping design social, environmental, economic or educational policies; designing and facilitating participatory processes
Working in international organizations, consultancies, companies, ministries, national and international NGOs, and research institutes where interdisciplinary skills and knowledge about the interactions of sustainability issues are needed
Doctoral studies in the social sciences, in particular in economics, social policy, environmental studies and demography
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Graduates of the MSc (Master of Science) program Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy have the ideal qualifications for a career as socio-economists in the field of sustainability. The successful completion of the program endowed them with skills to
gain a comprehensive understanding of issues in the field of socio-ecological transition and ensuing challenges for politics, and to analyze these issues using appropriate models and quantitative and qualitative methods
obtain relevant information from specialist academic and practical literature and socioeconomic information systems and apply them in a critical but considered manner
support political and management processes through appropriate designs and skills even in conflictladen situations
work constructively in teams and participate actively in interactive problem-solving processes
The SEEP graduate is (I) equipped with the theories, methods and empirical approaches necessary for an in-depth understanding of global social, economic and environmental policy issues, (II) aware of the variety of ethical issues arising from sustainable development, (III) possesses the skills essential for interdisciplinary analysis, and (IV) is able to work in international teams in developing, designing and evaluating novel policy responses.