Biosphere Reserves Management

Biosphere reserves are model regions for sustainable development. The international Master's programme Biosphere Reserves Management (BIOM) addresses current sustainability issues from an integrative perspective. We investigate local solutions to global problems.

The interdisciplinary degree programme allows me to focus on my preferred research areas. The practical relevance and holistic understanding make BIOM a very attractive degree programme that can be tailored to one's own interests.

 

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Lisa Sharif

Student, Biosphere Reserves Management 2020

March 2024 to August 2024

Summer semester 2024

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Study content

Individual study contents

The aim of the study programme is the consistent transfer of theoretical, methodological and practical knowledge and skills in biosphere reserve management.

Students learn to develop sustainability strategies with participatory and cooperative approaches and acquire knowledge about ecosystems and different land use concepts. Cultural and socio-economic challenges, but also opportunities are identified and reflected.

Graduates are able to implement the UNESCO programme "Man and the Biosphere" (MAB) and sustainably improve the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR).

Modules per semester

The first semester focuses on the biosphere reserve concept and the basics of management.

Communication theories, communication techniques and communication styles, conflict resolution strategies, role plays, intercultural communication, development of learning and communication potential, environmental communication, teamwork techniques, practical exercises, basic rules of conduct in research communication.

International organisations, UNESCO, history of UNESCO, international environmental agreements and conventions, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), MAB programme, institutional framework and coordination mechanisms of the programme, nature conservation law of different countries, BRs as model areas, establishment and maintenance of biosphere reserves and differentiation from other protected area categories, organisations surrounding biosphere reserves, transboundary parks.

You are enabled to understand the natural functional structures and organisations relevant for biosphere reserves as complex systems. This involves understanding emergent properties and the inherently indeterminate dynamics of ecological or social systems, as well as the key attributes required for sustainable functioning. Students discuss analogies and homologies of social and ecological systems as well as the weaknesses and strengths of the social-ecological systems approach. They are able to derive requirements and limits of the management of complex systems.

Innovation & innovation promotion, basics & definitions of project management, problem analysis, problem tree / solution tree, planning methods, target planning, financial planning, time planning, DIN - process descriptions, project phases, project team & roles, controlling, monitoring, adaptive management, agile planning, Open Standards for the practice of Conservation, organisational development projects & change management, PM software, evaluation, donor landscape, application formats of different donors.

In this compulsory elective module you choose between two specialisations.

Both specialisations start with a common introduction to the basics of monitoring and research.

Presentation of theoretical foundations of quantitative and spatial research and monitoring methods, practical application examples from research, monitoring and evaluation in the context of international protected areas. Inter- and transdisciplinary methods of knowledge management are presented as well as innovative, digital methods of citizen science and communication via social media. Students learn the methods of empirical social research as well as scaled spatial analytics from the perspective of different actors against the backdrop of protected areas.

 

Option 1: Empirical social research

Research design (cross-sectional, longitudinal, exp. designs), qualitative data collection, qualitative sampling, quantitative data collection, quantitative sampling, qualitative data analysis, Maxqda software, additional focus on evaluation, if applicable.

 

Option 2: Geodata and remote sensing as instruments for spatial monitoring

Students know the practical access and the methodological significance of subject-related geodata on different scale levels and create subject-related products for the monitoring of habitat types and the communication of nature conservation results by means of analytical geostatistics and web-based cartography. The practice-oriented technical seminar teaches innovative working methods for working with geodata in protected areas using practical examples and discusses the use of current remote sensing sensors, spatial monitoring methods and the use of professional services and products for continuous landscape ecological spatial monitoring.

 

In the second semester, the basics are further deepened. You also choose two further compulsory elective modules to sharpen your profile.

Teaching the basics of social ecology and ethics, cultural diversity, linking social ecological aspects with economic framework conditions; forms of land use (agriculture, forestry, fisheries, horticulture, tourism, energy industry, etc.); ecosystem services, biodiversity and nature conservation; insights into economic and political theories; historical and current forms of land use in the context of the use of natural resources; effects of globalisation on land use systems; social movements, gender justice. Development of globally selected case studies on value chains from the natural resource to the consumer.
Presentation of innovative solutions and participatory decision-making processes.
Group work, joint discussion and presentation of the results.

Management tools, area management, adaptive management, participatory management, dealing with uncertainties and risks, influence of property rights and obligations, stakeholder analyses, participation and participation formats, use of rangers, volunteer management, conflict management, cooperation, business cooperation, promotion of sustainable development, ecosystem services, administrative structures and processes.

Transformation

Transformation processes, institutional change and governance processes, reflection on actor constellations in civil society, political and public space. Learning systematic, anticipatory and critical thinking.

Education for sustainable development

Education for sustainable development, actor analyses, methods, competences, problem-solving and strategy competences, indigenous knowledge.

In the second semester, you choose two of the following three elective modules.

 

Option 1: Ecological effectiveness of biosphere reserves

Different concepts for assessing ecological effectiveness, approaches for quantifying and evaluating ecological effectiveness, practical exercises, critical reflection on the measurability and development of innovative proposals for assessing effectiveness with regard to key attributes of biosphere reserves as social-ecological systems (e.g. innovation, capacity for change and adaptation, resilience).

 

Option 2: Nature tourism and cultural identity

Cultural identity (e.g. regional cuisine, regional products, regional building culture, regional history/storytelling, traditions, dialects, etc.), development of tourism, tourism as an economic factor and for regional development, strategies and methods of visitor management, segments of the nature tourism offer spectrum and offer development, conflict resolution strategies between nature conservation, cultural identity and leisure and tourism.

 

Option 3: Stakeholder communication in biosphere reserves

Problem analysis of land use conflicts on real case studies, getting to know and applying different tools and techniques for problem solving, development and application of planning and role plays, group moderation.

In the third semester, you conduct an independent research project in a biosphere reserve.

You are able to plan, coordinate and implement a smaller research project related to biosphere reserves.

You deal with the techniques of a research process as well as with "transfer research" and explore, among other things, the possibilities of transferring findings from research projects to other regions, methods of marketing and self-marketing.

In the last semester, you write and publish your Master's thesis.

You obtain your own research results while solving and discussing a scientific problem. You present the results of your master thesis and are able to defend the underlying assumptions, methods and robustness of the key results.

You will practice the critical reflection of your own n.n. research approach, you will present your topic to your fellow students and benefit from the exchange of knowledge and experience. You will develop your exposé including the formulation of research questions and hypotheses and the research design. Interim results are presented and discussed.

The BIOM course offers a variety of modules that have broadened my learning spectrum, including practical experience visiting biosphere reserves in different countries and offering insights from experts.

 

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Summer semester: 1.12. to 28.2. (only possible for higher semesters)
Winter semester: 1.6. to 5.9.

 

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  • Proof of a first university degree qualifying for a profession (Bachelor, Diplom, Ingenieur, Magister or Master) with a standard period of study of at least 6 semesters or a scope of at least 180 ECTS credit points from the fields of

  • Agriculture, forestry, horticulture and agricultural and forestry sciences;
  • Nature conservation, environmental sciences (except environmental engineering), landscape ecology;
  • Environmental and spatial planning, landscape management and planning;
  • Environmental and resource economics;
  • Geography, geology, geoecology and biology;
  • Teacher training for the aforementioned fields of science, provided that both teaching subjects originate from the
    aforementioned fields of science.
  • In addition, knowledge of the English language at the level C1 CEFR must be proven. If this proof is not yet available at the time of application, it can be submitted at the end of the re-registration period for the second semester.

  • Certificate and diploma of the university degree (alternatively proof of achievement with at least 150 ECTS and provisional average grade).
  • School and professional career (curriculum vitae in tabular form)
  • If available: Certificates, references, employer's references or proof of employment.
  • If already available: Proof of English language proficiency at level C1. Alternatively, the TOEIC can be taken during the first semester at the Language Centre of the HNEE.

Application deadline
Summer semester: 1.11. to 1.12. (only possible for higher semesters)
Winter semester: 1.4. to 1.5.

 

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If you have obtained your degree abroad, then - regardless of your citizenship - do not apply directly to our university, but via the application portal of uni-assist e.V. This is a service centre for the pre-screening of international student applications for many universities in Germany. The uni-assist website will inform you about the application procedure. Please also note the country information on the uni-assist portal.

If your application is complete and meets the formal admission requirements, uni-assist will forward your application to our university. After importing your application into our application portal, you will receive an email with access data to the HNEE application portal so that you can follow up on the status of your application.

Proof of a first higher education degree qualifying for a profession equivalent to a 3-year German Bachelor's degree and completed in one of the following fields:

  • Agriculture, forestry, horticulture and agricultural and forestry sciences;
  • Nature conservation, environmental sciences (except environmental engineering), landscape ecology;
  • Environmental and spatial planning, landscape management and planning;
  • Environmental and resource economics;
  • Geography, geology, geoecology and biology;
  • Teaching qualification for the aforementioned fields of science, provided that both teaching subjects originate from the
    aforementioned fields of science.

In addition, good knowledge of the English language at least on the level C1 CEFR must be proven. If the proof is not yet available at the time of application, it can be submitted at the end of the re-registration period for the second semester.

You can check whether you meet the requirements on the uni-assist website.

The following application documents must be uploaded exclusively via the uni-assist application portal. Please note that this list cannot be complete and further documents may be requested.

  • Copy of the university degree certificate incl. grade point average and Transcript of Records (see also Country information uni-assist)
  • Copy of the university entrance qualification
  • If available: Certificates, references, employment references or proof of activity
  • Other certificates relevant to the Master's entrance qualification (e.g. certificate from the Academic Evaluation Centre if applying from China, India, Mongolia or Vietnam, proof of having passed the university entrance examination)
  • If already available: Proof of English language proficiency at level C1. Alternatively, the TOEIC can be taken during the first semester at the Language Centre of the HNEE.

 

Foreign certificates must be translated into German or English by a sworn translator.

Application deadline

Summer semester: 1.12. to 15.1.

Winter semester: 1.6. to 15.7.

 

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As a secondary student, you can only apply for modules in the corresponding semester. You can find an overview of the respective offers here. Please note that the modules offered, their dates and contents may be subject to change.

Students who are already enrolled at a university as a main auditor can be admitted to the Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde as a secondary auditor, depending on capacity. The condition is that simultaneous studies at both universities are possible (parallel studies) and that the chosen module is a meaningful addition to the studies taken up.

Adjunct students are not members of the Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde. They may take part in examinations with the consent of the respective examiners and in accordance with the respective examination regulations. The scope of the examinations may not lead to a degree in a degree programme. There is no legal entitlement to take these examinations. Further details are regulated by the applicable matriculation regulations of the Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde.

Formal applicationsare to be submitted during the application period by post or e-mail to the Student Services & International Office during the application period.

There is a fee for the secondary auditorium. The amount of the fee is based on the current fee schedule of the HNEE, the AStA and the Studentenwerk Frankfurt (Oder).

Application deadline

Summer semester: 1.12. to 15.1.

Winter semester: 1.6. to 15.7.

 

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As a guest student, you can only apply for modules in the corresponding semester. You can find an overview of the respective offers here. Please note that the modules offered, their dates and contents may be subject to change.

As a rule, an application for guest auditor status must be submitted to the Student Services Department prior to the start of the course (Guest auditor application).

Persons who are not matriculated can be admitted to courses up to 8 semester weeks as guest auditors without proof of university entrance qualification within the scope of the available educational capacity.

As a rule, guest auditors are subject to a fee. No fees are charged to students. Guest auditors for interested persons with a refugee background are free of charge.

Participation in the courses in the corresponding teaching areas is confirmed in writing. Participation in examinations is excluded.

Formal applications are to be submitted during the application period by post or e-mailto the Student Services & International Office during the application period.

Detailed information on how to apply can be found at the International Office.

 

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FAQ on application and admission

You meet the admission requirements if you have a professionally qualifying university degree (Bachelor's, Diplom, Ingenieur, Magister or Master's) in one of the subject areas listed in the programme profile, which had a standard period of study of at least 6 semesters or a total of at least 180 ECTS points. As the language of instruction is English, all applicants must also prove a good knowledge of English as a language admission requirement: European Framework of Reference level C1 or equivalent qualifications.
The following courses are listed in the programme profile
→ Agriculture // Forestry // Horticulture
→ Biology
→ Environmental and Resource Economics
→ Environmental Planning // Spatial Planning
→ Environmental Sciences (except Environmental Engineering)
→ Geography // Geology // Geoecology
→ Landscape Ecology // Landscape Management and Planning
→ Nature Conservation
→ Pedagogy (if both subjects are related to the above-mentioned fields)

 

Applicants with other degrees relevant to sustainability can apply if they have acquired at least 18 ECTS credits in natural or ecological sciences. These scientific/ecological basics must be presented and proven in tabular form in an attachment to the application letter. Applicants with other degrees who have at least one year of relevant professional experience may also apply. The head of the programme decides on recognition.

 

Applicants with other degrees who have at least one year of relevant professional experience can also apply. The head of the programme decides on recognition.

 

If you would like immediate assurance that you meet the admission requirements for your own planning, please send your curriculum vitae in tabular form and a copy of your most recent university transcript to the programme coordination for assessment.

 

You only need to submit certified copies of the documents if you have been granted admission and wish to enrol. You will find the necessary information in the admission letter. You will receive the acceptance or rejection relatively soon after receipt of your application.

 

As the language of instruction is English, all applicants must demonstrate a good command of English as a language requirement for admission: European Framework of Reference level C1 or equivalent qualifications. To check whether a language test meets these requirements, a copy of the relevant language certificate must be submitted. Applicants whose native language in their home country is English do not have to submit an English language certificate. To check the native language of a country, the country information of the Federal Foreign Office is used. Graduates of English-language degree programmes are not required to submit any further language certificates. If applicants do not have a suitable English language certificate at the time of admission, they can be admitted for a limited period of time with the approval of the head of the degree programme. The corresponding proof must then be provided before enrolment in the second semester.

 

If applicants do not have a suitable English language certificate at the time of admission, they can be admitted for a limited period of time if the programme coordination agrees. The corresponding proof must then be provided before enrolment in the second semester. For enrolment in the degree programme, we recommend an English language level of at least B2.

 

Applicants whose native language in their home country is English do not have to submit an English language certificate. The Foreign Office's country information is used to verify a country's native language.

 

No, graduates of English-language degree programmes do not have to submit additional language certificates.

 

If the number of applications is expected to exceed the number of available study places, a degree programme is offered with limited admission. The study places are awarded to the applicants in a selection procedure. Several ranking lists are created. The average grade or waiting period of the most recently admitted applicant determines the selection limit for the respective year.
Here you can find the selection limits for the restricted-admission degree programmes of the past year:
Selection limits for restricted-admission degree programmes of the past years

 

No, you can only apply for one degree programme at our university. You are welcome to consult with us at an early stage to find out which degree programme might be the most suitable for you. Please contact us at studieren(at)hnee.de to arrange an appointment. Consultations are possible by telephone, online and in person.

If the Fachhochschulreife consists of a school-based and a practical part, an application is only possible when both parts have been completed. If, for example, the practical part ends after the application deadline, an application is only possible the following year.
If you are applying for a Master's degree programme, we require a certificate of achievement from your university showing at least 150 ECTS, the provisional average grade and the expected end of studies.

Notifications of admission, rejection or exclusion are made available in the online application portal. At the same time, information on this is sent to the e-mail address stored in the applicant account.
Notifications for degree programmes with restricted admission are usually sent out two to four weeks after the end of the application period for the respective degree programme. Further information on notifications for restricted-admission degree programmes in coordination with Hochschulstart (DOSV) can be found here.
In the case of an application for a degree programme with open admissions, the notification is sent promptly after the application has been reviewed.

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FAQ before starting your studies

Are there preparatory courses before the regular start of studies?

You can currently find this information on the following website.

When and how do I start my studies?

You can find the semester dates and the programme for the introductory events for first-year students here. There you will find out where you can find your study plan in the campus management system EMMA and register for modules and exams, get to know the Moodle platform, where all learning materials etc. can be found, get to know your contact persons and student representatives and initiatives as well as your fellow students and get first insights into individual subjects. So it's definitely worth taking part!

Please bring a valid ID document for the identity check and something to write down. For catering, we have a great offer in our sustainability canteen.

You can find your study plan online via the account access in our campus management system, which you will receive by e-mail with your enrolment. You can also find the plans for the introductory events here.

No, attendance is not compulsory, neither for the courses nor for the introductory week (with the exception of the identity check at the start of your studies, most exams and excursions for which you have registered). But: Regular attendance is of course highly recommended, as this not only supports learning progress, but also contributes to the positive dynamics of our rather small learning groups.

Where can I get support at the beginning of my studies if I don't know my way around or have specific questions?

Most of your questions will certainly be answered during the introductory events at the beginning of the semester. If you still have questions or special needs, please make use of our advisory services, which we have clearly prepared for you here.