Master’s Programme Management of Conservation Areas: Applications Now Open!

Lake Weissensee in Carinthia © FH Kärnten, CUAS

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The prestigious “Management of Conservation Areas (MCA)” master degree programme is now open for applications again at Carinthia University of Applied Science in Austria. Starting September 2024, 22 coveted openings are available for students worldwide. This successful programme promises inspiring learning experiences in 21st-century nature conservation. EUROPARC is a long-standing member of the Advisory Board of the Master’s programme.

About the Master Programme

Conservation areas, such as national parks, heritage sites and biosphere reserves, represent Earth’s most beautiful and valuable landscapes. In this international master degree program, students learn to effectively plan and manage such areas, harmonizing biodiversity protection with local interests. The curriculum imparts extensive expertise and diverse personal and technical skills.

Most students already have years of experience in the sector, whether in park management, administration, NGOs, or consulting firms. Through engagement with international peers, outstanding trainers, teachers, and researchers, students reflect on, and develop their experiences. This allows graduates to apply acquired skills to exciting career paths.

The programme, offered at the UNESCO Chair for Conservation Area Management at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, emphasizes applied research and technology. Close collaboration with UNESCO, international conventions, institutions, universities, and various conservation areas ensures a cutting-edge curriculum. The concept of research-based teaching provides students with the latest scientific insights.

Tailored to the needs of international professionals, the programme blends intensive on-site courses, including visits to various conservation areas, with flexible online elements.

Further information about the programme and registration can be found on the webpage here.

Take the opportunity to find out more about the MCA in a personal discussion with the scientific director, CUAS Prof. Dr Michael Jungmeier. The virtual info sessions will take place on:

  • Tuesday, 27th February, 05.00 PM CET ONLINE via MS Teams
  • Tuesday, 19th March, 05.00 PM CET ONLINE via MS Teams
  • Tuesday, 23rd April, 05.00 PM CET ONLINE via MS Teams
  • Tuesday, 28th May, 05.00 PM CET ONLINE via MS Teams
  • Tuesday, 25th June, 05.00 PM CET ONLINE via MS Teams

Please register for this by emailing Melina Hierländer:

You can also follow the UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Management of Conservation Areas on LinkedIn here