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Master's Programme in Geography

Master's programme | 120 credits | Sustainability focused
Autumn 2020
100% Day
1) Anyone can apply
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Programme

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. 

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.

Who Should Apply?

Are you interested in the interplay between human and physical geography and the role this plays in areas such as environmental science, climate change, city planning, sustainability, or resource distribution?

Are you concerned with how climate change and human rights and social justice issues are creating complex challenges for the future?

Would you like to further your studies in Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing tools with courses and a focused thesis?

If you are curious about how the natural Earth affects us and how we affect the world, then apply for the master’s programme in Geography.

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.

Graduates of the programme receive the degree Master of Science in Geography.

Our graduates are attractive to employers, and many have job offers before they complete their degrees, though we encourage them to finish their thesis so they can enjoy the salaries they are worth. They work in positions such as environmental consultants and coordinators, GIS engineers and consultants, cartographic consultants, and city planning consultants and coordinators.

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: A Bachelor's degree in the main field of geography, human geography, economic geography or physical geography or equivalent skills, including a minimum of 7,5 credits in GIS (Geographical information systems). Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 238 000 SEK
First payment: 59 500 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

The master's program is in English.  A majority of the program's courses can be taken as individual elective courses.

The program begins every year in the fall.  International applications deadline: mid-January.  Swedish application deadline: mid-April.

Further questions about the program,  individual courses, research or institution:

tel: +46 31 786 2838


Department of Earth Sciences
Box 460
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Guldhedsgatan 5a

Programme that is sustainability-focused where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the programme content meets one of the current sustainability criteria. The content with a focus on sustainability must also, in accordance with the criteria, constitute the programme's main focus

Programme that is sustainability-related where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the programme content meets one of the current sustainability criteria.

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