Studying Environmental Planning

The curriculum

The Master curriculum consists of mandatory core modules (Pflichtmodule) which are recommended to be taken in the first term. The skills from these classes are deepened and expanded in two study projects (Studienprojekte) in the second an third term. Furthermore a large number of choice modules complementing the mandatory core courses allows for a specialization according to the individual desires. The core modules are separated in three categories:

  1. environmental planning choice modules (Wahlpflicht)
  2. related fields choice modules (Wahlpflicht)
  3. free choice/liberals (Freie Wahl)

And finally in the fourth semester the Master's Thesis is part of the curriculum. The thesis is accompanied by a mandatory master colloquium which takes place in the third term and prepares the master thesis in providing research methods, guidance on writing the thesis exposé etc.

The total workload of the program are 120 ECTS, 30 per term (ECTS is European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System One ECTS credit in general represents 30 working hours per term. This means if you have a class with 3 ECTS you have to expect a workload of about 90 working hours. This workload is detailed for each class in the respective module description, for example the break down in amount of time for in class meetings/lecture, preparations before and after classes, preparation time for exams…

For the MEP Program the 120 ECTS you have to acquire are allocated as follows:

Mandatory Core Modules 24
Study Projects 24
Choice Environmental Planning 12
Choice Related Fields 12
Liberals 18
Master's Thesis (incl. Colloquium) 30

The digital course catalog of TU Berlin lists all courses that are offered. For the MEP core classes you have to go to „Fakultät VI Planen Bauen Umwelt“ and pick the Master program.

Mandatory Core Modules

Module Courses Responsible Professor Term Credits
MA UP P1 Landscape Planning Instruments of Landscape Planning in National and International Contexts Prof. Dr. Stefan Heiland winter 3
Fundamental Concepts and Frameworks of Landscape Planning 3
MA UP P2 Environmental Assessment Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Prof. Dr. Johann Köppel winter 3
Impact Mitigation Regulations 3
MA UP P3 Economic Analysis of Environmental Policies Institutional Economics Prof. Dr. Volkmar Hartje winter 3
Integration of Sector Policy winter 3
Comparative International Environmental Policy summer 3
MA UP P4 Geoinformation Systems GIS-Applications for Environmental Planning Prof. Dr. Birgit Kleinschmit winter 3
GIS-Supported Landscape Analysis and Assessment 3

Choice Environmental Planning

From the list below you have to choose two modules which equals 12 credits. You can take more than two which will then count as liberals or related fields choice modules.

Module Courses Responsible Professor Term Credits
MA UP WP 1.1 Landschaftsplanung und Gesellschaft (Landscape Planning and Society) Gesellschaftliche Aspekte der Landschaftsplanung Prof. Dr. Stefan Heiland summer 3
Kulturelle Dimensionen der Landschaftsplanung winter 3
MA UP WP 1.2 Methods of Environmental Impact Assessment Methods of Environmental Impact Prediction and Assessment - project level Prof. Dr. Johann Köppel summer 3
Methods of Environmental Impact Prediction and Assessment - plan, program, policy level winter 3
MA UP WP 1.3 Analyse internationaler Umweltpolitik (International Environmental Policy Analysis) Internationale Umweltpolitik: Kooperation und Konventionen Prof. Dr. Volkmar Hartje summer 3
Umweltpolitik der Europäischen Union winter 3
MA UP WP 1.4 Remote Sensing of Environment Remote Sensing I Prof. Dr. Birgit Kleinschmit winter 3
Remote Sensing II winter 3

From the list below you have to choose modules that equal in total 12 credits. You can take more than 12 credits, these will then count as liberals.

Electives/Liberals that are fun

Some recommendation for liberals/free choice modules and experiences from other MEP students. Liberals can be taken at any university in Berlin or also elsewhere. You have to clarify directly with the professors/lecturers of the courses that you want to take if there is space available and what the requirements for participation (exams etc.) are. In total 18 credits of liberals have to be taken.

TU Berlin

Freie Universität Berlin

Humboldt Universität Berlin

Examples for Master Thesis Topics

This is a list of master theses that have been completed in the last years. For topics the master thesis colloquium will provide room for discussion with professors on possible topics for example related to ongoing research projects.

  • Killing two birds with one stone - Using a one-stop shop approach to offset impacts on wetlands and endangered species - Possible or not? - Zhilin Li
  • Anforderungen an eine Strategische Umweltprüfung zur Bundesnetzausbauplanung - Judith Paeper
  • EIA/SEA Effectiveness - Unraveling Interweaving Concepts and Definitions - Kathrin Wichmann
  • Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment: The Story of the Chicken and the Egg? - Nivedita Mahida
  • Marine Kompensation - Möglichkeiten der naturschutzfachlichen Eingriffsfolgenbewältigung in der AWZ - Paul-Bastian Nagel
  • Climate Impact Assessment - How to Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Environmental Impact Assessments - Lisa Friederike Odparlik

ISIS - eLearning platform

ISIS (Information System for Instructors and Students) is the eLearning platform at TU Berlin. You can log in to ISIS via your general tubit account at ISIS is used by most professors and lecturers to provide materials, readings and other information relevant to a course. You can search for your course or browse through the schools and departments where all courses are listed. In general you need a password to access the course information. The password will normally be provided in the first class of a course.

QISPOS - online registration for exams

QISPOS is the TU Berlin online system for registration for exams. In general you can register online for all core (Pflicht) and core elective (Wahlpflicht) courses. Free electives (Wahl) in general have to be registered in person at the examination office with Mrs. Schubert.

You can access QISPOS via your tubit account. In your personal portal you will see the option „Studierendendaten“ on the left side. After entering a TAN you will see the QISPOS start page. More information on the process of registering for exams is provided in this documentation.

Literature recommendations

The list is a collection of some standard literature which can be helpful for you as you get prepared for the classes in the first semester, in particular if you have no or few pre-knowledge and experience in these fields. However, there is clearly no requirement to have read them but it is meant as a service for you.

Module MA UP P1 Landscape Planning

Module MA UP P2 Environmental Impact Assessment

  • Hanna, K.S. (2009). Environmental Impact Assessment. Practice and Participation, Second Edition. ISBN-13: 978-0195430226. In particular Part I is a good preparation for the topic of environmental impacts assessment. At a time of tremendous lobbying of the oil and gas industry in recent Canada, this book prepares for the not only rational, but also political environmental decision-making processes - thus setting the agenda also for contemporary EIA and SEA challenges.
  • Gardner, R.C. (2011). Lawyers, Swamps, and Money: U.S. Wetland Law, Policy, and Politics. Island Press. ISBN-13: 978-1597268158. This book provides a good overview on one of the major mitigation programs in the world and sheds light on the general concept of mitigation while being also very readable and sometimes fun.
  • Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal Volume 30, Issue 1, 2012. Special Isse: The state of the art of impact assessment in 2012. Available at:

Further readings:

  • Glasson, J., Therivel, R., Chadwick, A. (2005): Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment. Fourth Edition. ISBN-13: 000-0415664705
  • Morris, P.; Therivel, R. (2009): Methods of Environmental Impact Assessment.3rd Edition. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 0203892909
  • Noble, B.F. (2014): Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment: A Guide to Principles and Practice. 3rd Revised edition. Oxford University Press. ISBN-13: 978-0199006342
  • Therivel, R. (2010): Strategic Environmental Assessment in Action. 2nd Revised edition. Taylor & Francis. ISBN-13: 978-1849710657
  • Köppel, J., Peters, W., Wende, W. (2004) Eingrifsregelung, Umweltverträglichkeitsprüfung, FFH-Verträglichkeitsprüfung. Ulmer. ISBN 978-3-8252-2512-4
  • Arbter, K. (2007): SUP – Strategische Umweltprüfung für die Planungspraxis der Zukunft. Wien; Graz : NWV, Neuer Wiss. Verl. ISBN: 978-3-7083-0483-0

Module MA UP P3 Economic Analysis of Environmental Policies

  • Schneider, V., Janning, F. (2006). Politikfeldanalyse - Akteure, Diskurse und Netzwerke in der öffentlichen Politik, Grundwissen Politik 43, Wiesbaden or alternatively
  • Scharpf, F.W. (1997). Games real actors play – Actor centered Institutionalism in Policy Research, Boulder, Col.
  • Rat der Sachverständigen für Umweltfragen (SRU) (2009). Für eine zeitgemäße Gemeinsame Agrarpolitik (GAP), Stellungnahme Nr. 14; auf der Webseite des SRU und Wissenschaftlicher Beirat für Agrarpolitik beim BMELV (2010) EU Agrarpolitik nach 2013 Plädoyer für eine neue Politik für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und ländliche Räume; on the website of the BMELV at
  • Perman, R., Ma, Y., Mcgilvray, J., Common, M. (2003): Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, 3rd ed. Financial Times/Prentice Hall. ISBN-13: 978-0273655596
  • Sterner, T. (2003): Policy Instruments for Environmental and Natural Resource Management, Resources for the Future. Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-1891853128

Module MA UP P4 Geoinformation Systems

  • Longley, P.A., Goodchild, M.F., Maguire, D.J., Rhind; D.W. (2005). Geographic Information Systems and Science. New York, John Wiley and Son. ISBN: 978-0471892755
  • Clarke, K.C. (2010): Getting started with geographic information systems. Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0131494988.
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