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Planning and managing protected areas is a challenging, but also rewarding mission. In the MSc programme "Management of Protected Areas" we provide a profound interdisciplinary education for personalities, who intend to shape the planet's future. Thereby, we are not primarily addressing students, but experts who want to broaden and deepen their knowledge on protected areas management. These can be park managers, representatives of governmental or non-governmental organisations, conservationists, or even career changers who are interested in working in the field of nature conservation and protected areas management. In order to allow for the participation of this particular target group, our MSc programme is organised as extra-occupational training, structured in eight modules, with a presence of 55 days within a period of two years. The modules are either taking place at the University of Klagenfurt or within protected areas in Europe, such as for example Hohe Tauern National Park (Austria), Mura Drava Regional Park (Croatia) or Triglav National Park (Slovenia), depending on existing relations and suggestions from the participants. Minimum requirements for all applicants are a sufficient working knowledge in English as well as a University Degree (or equivalent qualification). Besides, all interested persons have to complete an application form , provide their Curriculum Vitae and be prepared for a personal interview with the programme manager.


Once accepted, what shall you expect from the programme? You will be part of a small group of at most 25 international participants, coming from different technical and cultural backgrounds. So far, the exchange of experiences amongst the participants has been almost as stimulating as the lectures from different renowned tutors, ranging from scientists to representatives of international organisations or conventions, consultants or protected areas managers. We are sure that this special mixture of theoretical and practical knowledge will bring about the best training results for our target group. There will be no ex-cathedra teaching, but an interactive way of learning by doing. This is also supported by the fact that the MSc programme has been given the opportunity to co-manage the Natura 2000 site “Lendspitz-Maiernigg” which is located in the immediate vicinity of the University of Klagenfurt.


Now, only the question remains whether it is feasible to do the training while being on a full-time job. Our answer: Yes, it is possible; others did it before you. However it is a lot of work as in addition to the modules you will have to work on several assignments at home. Besides, in the last semester you will have to carry out a scientific study, with its results flowing into a thesis which has to be defended in front of an international audience which normally happens during the "Klagenfurt Days of Protected Areas". Thus you should make sure, that your boss as well as your family will support your participation in the MSc programme.


Have we piqued your interest? Then use the opportunity now! The next course will start in september 2017, with the deadline for applications being June 2017. The tuition fee is 12,400 Euro (covering all courses and study materials throughout the period of two years, but excluding travel and accommodation costs). 


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