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Master Research Unit Ecological Engineering for the Master's in Environment and Natural Resources

Are you fascinated by complex ecological issues? Are you interested in the interplay between technology and ecology? In the Ecological Engineering specialisation, you will acquire the knowledge to develop holistic solutions.

Ecological Engineering combines engineering with ecology and holistic thinking. Natural materials, processes, organisms and ecological principles are employed as tools and utilised in technical systems. The vision is that the development objectives for creating a sustainable society cannot be achieved solely by technical means, but instead require ecology, technology and socio-economic factors to be cleverly combined.

The specialisation (Master Research Unit MRU) covers fields from the following research groups: Aquaculture, Wetlands, Renewable Energy, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Environmental Biotechnology at the Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology (ICBT) as well as the Institute of Sustainable Development with it's research topics Sustainable energy systems, Sustainable Transport Systems and Risik Management and Technology Assessment.


As a Master of Science ZFH in Environment and Natural Resources, specialising in Ecological Engineering, you will ...

  • recognise current challenges in topics in your specialised subject and will be able to formulate and implement concrete solutions, as well as communicate the results to target groups.
  • understand the subtleties of the interaction between (micro) biology and technology in concrete applications and will be able to analyse, model and influence these interactions.
  • be able to plan and control circulatory systems according to eco-technological criteria.
  • be able to evaluate and optimise energy concepts according to technical, ecological and economic criteria.
  • be able to integrate sustainable infrastructure in urban and rural areas

Master's thesis

As part of your Master's thesis, you will develop your own ideas and concepts to solve scientific problems. This enables you to tackle complex problems independently in your future professional activities. You will be able to apply and develop scientific methods, even in new and/or multidisciplinary contexts. You will write your Master's thesis as a member of a research group. This will place you in close contact with real-world practice. It will also give you the opportunity to establish contacts and build a professional network.

Your thesis can be written, in consultation with your supervisor, in a local language, English or another language.


As a Master of Science in ENR with a specialisation in Ecological Engineering, you will become a sought-after employee or take on leadership functions. Following your Master's degree, you might work...

  • in a position of responsibility in the fields of sustainability, environment, energy in a company or for a city or local authority.
  • as a consultant in an energy consulting company.
  • as a recycling project manager.
  • as an expert in an NGO that implements eco technology systems in developing countries.
  • as a researcher in the field of environment, energy or eco-technology at a university or research institution
  • as a PhD student at a university (see joint degree with the University of Ljubljana)
  • or become self-employed and found a start-up business.

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