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Master's Programme in Geography

Master's programme | 120 credits | Sustainability focused
Autumn 2019
100% Day
1) Anyone can apply
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Programme

It is increasingly evident that we are moving towards an urban world; most of the planets population now live and carry out their livelihoods in urban areas and business and production are increasingly concentrated to urban regions. But how do such structural transformations articulate with and influence people’s lives and environments, short and long range resource chains, as well as land and resource use? 

The task of achieving sustainable urban futures requires that holistic thinking is placed on the agenda. The discipline of geography, which bridges the social and natural sciences, is particularly suited to such a challenge. 

Career areas

This master's programme equips you with the tools and knowledge required for working skilled and independently with complex geographical problems and challenges and to be able to carry out advanced plans and evaluations pertaining to urban areas, urban-rural dynamics as well as relations between cities and regions. There are good career opportunities in the public sector as well as in consulting. The advanced knowledge of GIS technology and its application gives you further attractive skills.


The overriding goal of the Master Program in Geography is to train students in the aforementioned thematic problem areas in such a way that acquired knowledge, skills and analytical expertise provide good opportunities for careers in related fields of employment and for doctoral studies in geography. The application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is an important part of the programme. Depending on the profile of the individual student, the Master Program aims to provide 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 (GIS)

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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: 232 806 SEK
First payment: 58 202 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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