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Structure and contents

The ARTS study program extends over 24 months and is structured into compulsory and optional modules, following the European Credit Transfer System.


1st semester: Compulsory courses (30 credits)

The first semester serves to broaden students’ knowledge by providing an overview on the structure and use of natural resources in the (sub)tropics. Inter-disciplinary lectures and seminars focus on resource interactions in relation to the social, economical and political context. These lectures are supplemented by practical training in computer applications, modelling and diverse socio-cultural activities.


2nd semester: Optional courses (30 credits)

In the second semester, students have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge by choosing at least five modules from a catalogue of 15 modules in three specialization areas: a) ecosystem and b) molecular approaches to resource management and c) resource economics.


3rd semester: Compulsory courses (30 credits)

The third study semester prepares students to translate research questions into activities and projects and stands under the theme “from knowledge to action”. Activities comprise lectures, seminars and exercises on scientific communication, research planning and project management.


4th semester: Thesis research (30 credits)

The last study semester is devoted to the thesis research, including the elaboration and presentation of a thesis proposal, the collection of experimental data at the (sub)tropical field research site, and the writing and defence of the thesis. Fulfilment of the requirements for the Master-of-Science degree includes passing of the pre-determined amount of 120 credits in the form of courses, seminars and the thesis.