The Course Profile


Are you willing to solve the environmental problems of tomorrow by applying analytical, science-based management skills? Does the balance of environmental, economic and social interests concern you? Graduates of the ERM programme have obtained competences that enable them to plan sustainable policies and effective strategies for the private and public sector. As a decision maker and environmental leader they benefit from the business skills in combination with environmental, natural and social sciences. Both, the Bachelor and Master programme include mandatory and elective modules which allows students to specialise in their personal field of interest.

Scientific profile

The study course offers an integrated approach to current international issues helping to improve the quality of professional environmental management for the 21st century. Recognising that environmental questions can no longer be solved by a singular academic discipline, the course offers classes in a wide range of fields, including technical subjects as well as classes in natural sciences, sociology and economics. Based on these 3 main directions, more specific classes are offered. These deal with current environmental issues, such as techniques for resource protection, concepts in environmental planning, risk and impact assessment, as well as the socio-economic implications in order to restore disturbances of the relationships between the environment and society. The acquisition of management skills and social competence is therefore valued as highly and as indispensably as the technical and scientific knowledge

Study programmes offered

The international study course comprises the following programmes:

The study programmes can be studied either consecutively or independently. While the Bachelor programme offers a broad approach to the subject building a solid base, the Master programme allows more room for individual fields of interest and adapts to the students’ academic background. During the PhD study, participants become specialists, carrying out individual scientific research for their PhD thesis, taken from the wide field of Environmental and Resource Management.

Graduate profile


A graduate in Environmental and Resource Management will have developed and mastered the ability to evaluate survey and control complex processes, through determining the technology, the economics, and the infrastructure of integrated environmental protection and resource conservation. Furthermore, an ERM graduate will ensure environmental protection and conserve natural resources, especially non-renewable resources.


The graduate will be capable of making proper decisions in selecting sustainable economic and technical methodology of production and resource management. The graduate will be in a position to verify plans and evaluate them in light of their ecological relevance and technical efficiency, all the while, weighing the aspects of environmental and resource protection and developing and implementing appropriate strategies of action.


Furthermore, the graduate acquires competence in environmental politics and will thus not only be able to understand the worldwide structural changes on all levels, but also be able to model these changes under the aspects of environmental protection and resource management.

Occupational Opportunities

A graduate is qualified for a broad variety of careers, based on the foundation of leadership, planning and management qualities throughout the engineering methodological-oriented and generalized course of study. A PhD holder is expected to work in even a wider range of fields. Foremost, the graduate would find it fitting to disseminate the wide scope of knowledge on environment to students at universities and other institutions of higher learning. The field of consultancy should also benefit strongly from our PhD holders. Additionally, respective ministries of Environmental Resources should find our PhD graduates of great resource, especially in the enacting and execution of environmental policies. In summary, the following are areas in which a graduate of the International Study Course "Environmental and Resource Management” should find a career:

In the public sector:

  • Environmental administrative and supervisory agencies at community, regional, or federal level
  • Environmental organisations of the European Union and the United Nations
  • Universities, research institutes


In the private sector:

  • Engineering and planning enterprises
  • Energy production companies
  • Environmental management and research departments especially of internationally oriented companies
  • Enterprises for waste water cleansing, garbage collection and recycling
  • Consulting firms
  • NGO’s focusing on an environmental, political or planning approach


Degrees and Examinations

Within the international study course ERM, BTU Cottbus confers the degrees of

  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in "Environmental and Resource Management”
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) in "Environmental and Resource Management”
  • The degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in "Environmental and Resource Management”

Final examinations will usually take place at BTU Cottbus. Certificates will be issued as bilingual certificates in German and in English.


The International Study Course "Environmental and Resource Management” (ERM) was established in 1998 offering only the Bachelor programme. Since then it has been expanded to include the Master programme, in 1999 and then the PhD programme, in 2002. Today about 370 ERM students from over 40 countries are enrolled in the study course, creating a rich mixture of cultures. Which, in turn, has lead to an incredibly productive exchange of ideas and discussions about environmental knowledge, traditions and cultures. It is worth mentioning that, as a tribute to concept and development of this study course Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Schmidt and Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Gerhard Wiegleb got an award for „outstanding efforts in the international university cooperation 2002“.

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