MA in Human Ecology

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The aim of the study program is to train theoretical and practical human ecologists who, knowing the interactions between social and natural systems, are able to explore the social dimension of environmental problems, analyze social and cultural processes from an ecological perspective, and plan and organize them on a local and global level.

Head of program: Judit Farkas PhD

MA Expert in Human Ecology
Duration of Training
4 semesters


Deadline of Application

Next Starting Date
Tuition fee: EUR 2550 /semester
Application fee: EUR 140
  • Description of the program
  • Application procedure
  • Application requirements
  • Examples of subjects during the studies
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The human ecology MA deals with complex ecological, economic, social, and ethical issues that are the most pressing problems of the contemporary world. These problems have become more and more serious in the last years, and the development and delivery of scientific, professional, and practical answers reflecting on them have become more and more urgent. The training deals with these issues at the global and local levels at the same time; due to the nature of the problems, the cross-cultural search for solutions is particularly important, and the international context can clearly contribute to the birth of innovative solutions.

The goal of the program is not only to train highly qualified experts but also to train critical citizens who can understand complex global and local processes and are able to actively participate in the development of solutions.

The training is made up of the following specializations: environmental social sciences, environmental ethics, ecological economics, and the basics of natural science. Thanks to this diverse curriculum, it is a cross-faculty program. You can learn from professional staff from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, of Business and Economics, of Law, and of Natural Sciences.

Professional practice is an important part of the training, that is related to scientific research or settlement development, environmental protection, or landscape management. Programs can be carried out in the organization of the higher education institution or at a research institute, professional administration, municipality, non-profit enterprise, or non-profit organization.

The employment opportunities are extremely diverse: human ecology specialists are employed by various budgetary institutions, municipalities, ministries, climate-friendly settlements, public and private research institutes, domestic and international NGOs, cultural centers, and national parks. They have relevant knowledge in the development and implementation of rural development, environmental education, and sustainability projects.

Human and Social Sciences
Academic Level/Type

Skype/ MS Teams interview

The interview takes around 10-15 minutes. During this interview our colleagues are going to ask questions about your motivation and interests. The main goal of this discussion is to learn more about your language knowledge, personal skills and scientific interest – to be able to make the right decision to help our multicultural and open-minded community and academic integrity.


For a successful application please follow the steps below:

  1. To apply, click on the Apply Now button, and start your application.

  2. Register on our application site, fill the application form, upload the necessary documents and submit your application!

  3. After you have submitted your application, you are going to receive information on the further steps.

  4. If we received your application fee, we are going to start the evaluation of your application.

The applicant has to submit the following documents by uploading them to the online application portal of the University of Pécs:

  • Certified and translated (if originals are not in English) copy of BA diploma (in related major or minor) - with transcript of records
  • Certified and translated (if originals are not in English) copy of school transcripts showing satisfactory completion of senior high school.
  • Europass CV in English
  • Motivation letter (introduction plus field of interest, etc.) in 3000 to 3500 characters.
  • Copy of valid passport or national ID
  • Medical certificate, (please fill the document and attach the serologic test results)
    • vaccination card (showing that you are immunized against HEP B)
    • HEP A/B/C test*
    • HIV test*
    • Chest X-ray: Please attach the chest’s X-ray result (not the film!) in English/Hungarian! (not older than 3 months)
  • Transfer receipt of the EUR 140 application fee
  • Entrance Exam (personally or via Skype)
  • *Please note: tests have to be taken within a year!
1st semester
Sustainable farming and nutrition
Environmental Law
Rural Societies
Rural and urban eco-communities
Introduction to Ecology
2nd semester
Political ecology 1.: Sustainable development and environmental policy
Local societies II.: global social inequalities
Contemporary rural areas and their sustainable development
Qualitative research methods
Introduction to energy economics, energy management and energy policy
Space, Society and Sustainability
3rd semester
Local societies I.: metropolitan social trends
Community development
The Societal Context of Social Activities
Anthropology of development
Environmental economics
Introduction to Geography
4th semester
Environmental Crisis, Social Justice, and Roma Ethnicity
Political Ecology 2.: Political Socialisation
Programme Evaluation in Human Ecology
Environmental education
Economic Strategies in Contemporary Villages. Research Seminar
Nature, human and conservation

If you have any questions about the programme, please contact: 

Judit Farkas PhD

Head of the program


Phone: +36-308935196.


If you have questions related to the application process or administrative staff, please contact:

International Coordinators
Phone: +36 72 501 500/64127 or 64126