Master's Programme in Geography
No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.
Our master’s programme combines physical and human geography to explore geography’s role in modern society. Geography’s breadth goes beyond its stereotype of maps and state capitals to explore the interactions between landscape and humanity. Whether you’re interested in Geographical Information Systems, human rights, climate change, or city planning and resource distribution, you will develop the skills necessary to address future challenges with this modern science.
Most of the planet’s population now live and work in urban areas, and business and production are increasingly concentrated in urban regions—we are moving towards an urban world. But how do such structural transformations articulate and influence people’s lives and environments, short- and long-range resource chains, and land and resource use? The task of achieving sustainable urban futures requires prioritizing holistic thinking. Geography—bridging the social and natural sciences—is particularly suited to such a challenge.
Focusing on modern needs
We strive to pursue a balanced consideration of both physical and human geography that deals with global change and sustainable development. You will have the opportunity to explore the interdisciplinary elements of geography while still focusing on your specific interests. In addition to the freedom to choose elective courses, our programme addresses the increasing use of computer-aided mapping in many Earth science research questions by offering advanced courses in Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing tools.
Our programme aims to provide you with sufficient expertise to work independently with complex geographical problems and carry out advanced evaluation and planning in the fields of sustainable urban development and urban-rural relations, including between cities and regions. We provide specialized competency in specific thematic areas depending on your desired focus, such as:
- urban sustainability;
- topics such as land issues, mobility, planning, and globalization;
- and methods, including Geographical Information Systems.
The programme’s breadth and practice in analytical proficiency in questions of urbanization make you attractive both for the job market and PhD positions. We also emphasize fieldwork, and you have the opportunity to independently find an internship or study abroad, both of which provide practical experience and the chance to build a strong skillset.
Programme structure and content
The first semester consists of four mandatory courses:
- Urban Sustainable Development
- History of Ideas and Theory in Geography
- Geographical Information Systems
- Urban Climate and Climate Planning
During the next two semesters, you can choose elective courses from a wide selection or opt to do an internship or study abroad for one semester. Depending on your focus, we offer specialist competency and knowledge in sustainable development relating to urban issues in a wider geographical context with possible focus on:
- Urban sustainability
- Sustainable mobility
- Qualitative and quantitative methods
- Geographical Information Systems
Your final thesis is completed within a corresponding course, so you will have group support during the process. We recommend that fieldwork be incorporated, and can be linked to a workplace in Sweden or abroad.