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Risk Assessment and Sustainability Management

Semester 4 Semester
Winter semester


How can risks and opportunities be assessed and proactive sustainability management designed on this basis? These questions are the focus of the four-semester Master's degree Risk Assessment and Sustainability Management (RASUM).
The starting point is the growing challenges facing companies in all sectors that want to integrate the guiding principle of "sustainable development" into their strategy. Therefore, employees are in demand who can link scientific-technical with organisational and economic perspectives.
In interdisciplinary teams, students learn to deal with uncertainties in a systematic and structured way and to use the methods and instruments available for this purpose. This enables them to release an organisation's creative potential for opportunity-oriented sustainability management and to initiate and accompany the necessary change processes. RASUM teaches analytical and strategic skills that make it possible to transcend previous system boundaries and also integrate socio-psychological and social aspects. With its link between risk analysis and sustainable development, RASUM is unique in the German university landscape. Teaching is mainly in German. You can find more detailed information about the degree programme on the website of the Risk Assessment and Sustainability Management (RASUM) degree programme (German).


In view of the major challenges facing our societies, the specialist-professional orientation of the RASUM degree course offers graduates ample opportunities on the labour market. The course qualifies graduates to pursue the following career options, among others:

  • managerial positions in companies
  • risk management of process and product innovation
  • strategic management and business consultation
  • the development of new products and services
  • the fields of governance, risk management and compliance

After a Master's degree, there is the possibility of a doctorate. The central contact point is the Graduate School.


Competencies for these fields of activity are conveyed through lectures and seminars, along with trans-disciplinary project studies lasting two semesters. The programme for the degree course is described in the outline, whereby a detailed presentation of course contents is available in the module manual (German).


The degree programme has special admission requirements:
It is primarily aimed at:

  • Graduates of technical subjects with a good grounding in business administration or
  • subjects related to economics or social sciences and law with a good basic knowledge of natural sciences and engineering or technical subjects.

Graduates of other subjects can apply (informally in the letter of motivation) for a case-by-case assessment. Relevant practical experience is an advantage. Admission is based on an aptitude test. In the event of a lack of business knowledge, admission is possible subject to conditions. A detailed presentation of the relevant admission prerequisites is available in the Special Provisions of the Examination Regulations (German) as well as in the Admission Regulations (German) and the explanations at the faculty's website.

Registration deadline (German certificate)