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Master of Science in Geography

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Brussels
English
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Application deadline: Application Deadline for EEA is 2020-09-01 and for Non-EEA is 2020-04-01.
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3/11/2021
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4/1/2021

Program description

Master of Science in Geography

Geographers are in equal parts natural and social scientists and have specialised knowledge of techniques for analysing complex interactions between man and environment. They make a major contribution to the debate on environmental change, globalisation, and other societal challenges and seek solutions for a more sustainable development of our planet, on both local and global scales. The Department of Geography of Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of KULevuen (both top 100 in QS ranking) have joined forces to offer a highly competitive two-year interuniversity master Program in Geography.

The Geography departments of both Vrije Universiteit Brussel and KULeuven continuously develop and maintain innovative and internationally recognised research Programs on fundamental and applied aspects of geosciences, covering a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. Most research Programs are international collaborations, and both departments take part in various international research networks.

The offered courses are strongly embedded in the ongoing research Programs of both universities. Through intensive collaboration with members of the different research groups, you will get the opportunity to develop and improve your scientific skills.

Admission requirements

Admission criteria

The Master’s Program presupposes a broad basic knowledge of the natural and social sciences, as well as a broad introduction to geography. The starting conditions are expressed in the amount of ECTS the student should have already acquired in both natural and human science fields. Students should also provide a proof of sufficient knowledge of English.

Equivalency and admission to the Program will be based on a review of each student's academic record and will be evaluated case by case.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Master of Geography Profile City, Society and Space

Core Module

The core Program consists of two modules: Human-Environment Interactions and Research Methods in Geography. All courses in the core Program are mandatory.

  • Human-Environment Interactions
    • Environmental Change
    • Geographies of a Globalizing Europe
    • Geography of Development
    • Environmental and Resource Economics I
  • Research Methods in Geography
    • Geographical Research Methods I: Earth Observation
    • Geographical Research Methods 2: Advanced Qualitative Methods in Human Geography
    • Research Seminar

Specialisation City, Society and Space

The specialisation Program consists of 3 modules of mandatory courses

  • City, Society and Space: Field Trip
    • Social and Economic Geography Field Trip Abroad
  • City, Society and Space: Socio-economic Geography
    • Economic and Financial Geography
    • Geographies of Mobility and Transportation
    • Space, Society and Policy
    • Housing
  • City, Society and Space: Urban Geography
    • Urban Political Ecology
    • Urban Social Geography
    • Knowledge Economy and the City
    • Urban Studies: Research Methodology, part 1

Specialisation City, Society and Space: Strengthening courses

Students choose one module: 'Urban Planning' or 'Tourism'

  • Module: Urban Planning (All courses are mandatory within this module.)
    • History of Urban Design
    • Theory of Urban Planning and Design
    • Landscape 2
    • Strategic Spatial Planning
  • Reorientation courses
    • Introduction to Geoprocessing
    • Geographic Information Systems
    • Ecology
    • Univariate Data and Modelling
    • Linear Algebra
    • Calculus
    • Introduction to GIS
  • Module: Tourism (Elective courses: module Tourism)
    • Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Development
    • Destination Development
    • Culture and Tourism
  • Recommended electives (Specialisation City, Society and Space.)
    • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Development and Cultures
    • Society Environment Interactions
    • Environmental and Resources Economics II
    • StadsSalonsUrbains
    • Urban Anthropology
    • European Social and Population Issues
    • Natural Resource Economics and Policy
    • Agricultural Economics and Food Policy in Developing Countries
    • Development Cooperation
    • Advanced Earth Observation Techniques
    • Modelling Land-use Changes
  • Other electives
    • Tectonics and Geomorphology
    • GIS Programming
    • Natural Risk Management
    • Global Biogeochemical Cycles
    • Surface water hydrology
    • Operational Meteorology
    • Hydrogeology
    • Stable Isotope Geology
    • River Geomorphology
    • Remote Sensing of Vegetative Systems
    • Sustainable Mobility and Logistics
    • Basic Programming
    • Object Oriented Programming
    • Generalised Linear Models
    • Agro-Systems
    • Advanced Land-climate dynamics
    • Natural Hazards
    • Atmospheric Modelling
    • Dynamics and Modelling of Glacial Systems
    • Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere
  • Module: Tourism (All courses are mandatory within this module.)
    • Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Development
    • Destination Development
    • Culture and Tourism
  • Reorientation courses
    • Introduction to Geoprocessing
    • Geographic Information Systems
    • Ecology
    • Univariate Data and Modelling
    • Linear Algebra
    • Calculus
    • Introduction to GIS
  • Module: Urban Planning (Elective courses: module Urban Planning.)
    • History of Urban Design
    • Theory of Urban Planning and Design
    • Landscape 2
    • Strategic Spatial Planning
  • Recommended electives (Specialisation City, Society and Space.)
    • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Development and Cultures
    • Society Environment Interactions
    • Environmental and Resources Economics II
    • StadsSalonsUrbains
    • Urban Anthropology
    • European Social and Population Issues
    • Natural Resource Economics and Policy
    • Agricultural Economics and Food Policy in Developing Countries
    • Development Cooperation
    • Advanced Earth Observation Techniques
    • Modelling Land-use Changes
  • Other electives
    • Tectonics and Geomorphology
    • GIS Programming
    • Natural Risk Management
    • Global Biogeochemical Cycles
    • Surface water hydrology
    • Operational Meteorology
    • Hydrogeology
    • Stable Isotope Geology
    • River Geomorphology
    • Remote Sensing of Vegetative Systems
    • Sustainable Mobility and Logistics
    • Basic Programming
    • Object Oriented Programming
    • Generalised Linear Models
    • Agro-Systems
    • Advanced Land-climate dynamics
    • Natural Hazards
    • Atmospheric Modelling
    • Dynamics and Modelling of Glacial Systems
    • Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere

Master thesis

  • Master Thesis Geography

Profile GIS and Spatial Modelling

Core Module

The core Program consists of two modules: Human-Environment Interactions and Research Methods in Geography. All courses in the core Program are mandatory.

  • Human-Environment Interactions
    • Environmental Change
    • Geographies of a Globalizing Europe
    • Geography of Development
    • Environmental and Resource Economics I
  • Research Methods in Geography
    • Geographical Research Methods I: Earth Observation
    • Geographical Research Methods 2: Advanced Qualitative Methods in Human Geography
    • Research Seminar

Specialisation GIS and Spatial Modelling

The specialisation Program consists of 3 modules of mandatory courses.

  • GIS and Spatial Modelling: Field Trip
    • Physical Geography Field Trip Abroad
    • Social and Economic Geography Field Trip Abroad
  • GIS and Spatial Modelling: Geo-information Science
    • GIS Programming
    • Geospatial Information Technologies
  • GIS and Spatial Modelling: Geospatial Modelling
    • Advanced Earth Observation Techniques
    • Modelling Land-use Changes
    • Natural Risk Management

Specialisation GIS and Spatial Modelling: strengthening courses

Students choose one module: 'Geo-application Development' or 'Space and Policy'

  • Module: Geo-application Development (All courses are mandatory within this module.)
    • GIS Internship
  • Reorientation courses
    • Introduction to Geoprocessing
    • Geographic Information Systems
    • Ecology
    • Univariate Data and Modelling
    • Linear Algebra
    • Calculus
    • Introduction to GIS
  • Elective courses : Module Space and Policy.
    • Natural Resource Economics and Policy
    • Urban Political Ecology
    • Space, Society and Policy
    • Geographies of Mobility and Transportation
    • Environmental and Resources Economics II
  • Recommended electives (Specialisation GIS and Spatial Modelling.)
    • Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere
    • Society Environment Interactions
    • StadsSalonsUrbains
    • Advanced Land-climate dynamics
    • Remote Sensing of Vegetative Systems
    • Agricultural Economics and Food Policy in Developing Countries
    • Sustainable Mobility and Logistics
    • Destination Development
    • Basic Programming
    • Object Oriented Programming
    • Generalised Linear Models
  • Other electives (Elective courses from other specialisations.)
    • Tectonics and Geomorphology
    • Knowledge Economy and the City
    • Global Biogeochemical Cycles
    • Surface water hydrology
    • Operational Meteorology
    • Hydrogeology
    • Stable Isotope Geology
    • River Geomorphology
    • History of Urban Design
    • Theory of Urban Planning and Design
    • Landscape 2
    • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Development and Cultures
    • Urban Anthropology
    • European Social and Population Issues
    • Development Cooperation
    • Urban Studies: Research Methodology, part 1
    • Strategic Spatial Planning
    • Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Development
    • Natural Hazards
    • Culture and Tourism
    • Agro-Systems
    • Geographical Research Methods III: Numerical Modelling
    • Advanced Land-climate dynamics
    • Atmospheric Modelling
    • Dynamics and Modelling of Glacial Systems
    • Economic and Financial Geography
    • Housing
    • Urban Social Geography
  • Module: Space and Policy (All courses are mandatory within this module.)
    • Natural Resource Economics and Policy
    • Urban Political Ecology
    • Space, Society and Policy
    • Geographies of Mobility and Transportation
    • Environmental and Resources Economics II
  • Reorientation courses
    • Introduction to Geoprocessing
    • Geographic Information Systems
    • Ecology
    • Univariate Data and Modelling
    • Linear Algebra
    • Calculus
    • Introduction to GIS
  • Elective courses : module Geo-application Development.
    • GIS Internship
  • Recommended electives (Specialisation GIS and Spatial Modelling.)
    • Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere
    • Society Environment Interactions
    • StadsSalonsUrbains
    • Advanced Land-climate dynamics
    • Remote Sensing of Vegetative Systems
    • Agricultural Economics and Food Policy in Developing Countries
    • Sustainable Mobility and Logistics
    • Destination Development
    • Basic Programming
    • Object Oriented Programming
    • Generalised Linear Models
  • Other electives (Elective courses from other specialisations.)
    • Tectonics and Geomorphology
    • Knowledge Economy and the City
    • Global Biogeochemical Cycles
    • Surface water hydrology
    • Operational Meteorology
    • Hydrogeology
    • Stable Isotope Geology
    • River Geomorphology
    • History of Urban Design
    • Theory of Urban Planning and Design
    • Landscape 2
    • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Development and Cultures
    • Urban Anthropology
    • European Social and Population Issues
    • Development Cooperation
    • Urban Studies: Research Methodology, part 1
    • Strategic Spatial Planning
    • Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Development
    • Natural Hazards
    • Culture and Tourism
    • Agro-Systems
    • Geographical Research Methods III: Numerical Modelling
    • Advanced Land-climate dynamics
    • Atmospheric Modelling
    • Dynamics and Modelling of Glacial Systems
    • Economic and Financial Geography
    • Housing
    • Urban Social Geography

Master thesis

  • Master Thesis Geography

Profile Earth and Climate

Core Module

The core Program consists of two modules: Human-Environment Interactions and Research Methods in Geography. All courses in the core Program are mandatory.

  • Human-Environment Interactions
    • Environmental Change
    • Geographies of a Globalizing Europe
    • Geography of Development
    • Environmental and Resource Economics I
  • Research Methods in Geography
    • Geographical Research Methods I: Earth Observation
    • Geographical Research Methods 2: Advanced Qualitative Methods in Human Geography
    • Research Seminar

Specialisation Earth and Climate

The specialisation Program consists of 3 modules of mandatory courses.

  • Earth & Climate: Field Trip
    • Physical Geography Field Trip Abroad
  • Earth and Climate: Module Earth Surface Processes
    • Tectonics and Geomorphology
    • River Geomorphology
    • Natural Hazards
    • Global Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Earth and Climate: module Ice and Atmosphere
    • Atmospheric Modelling
    • Dynamics and Modelling of Glacial Systems
    • Geographical Research Methods III: Numerical Modelling

Specialisation Earth and Climate: Strengthening courses

Students choose one module: 'Development or 'GIS and Earth Observation'.

  • Module: Development (All courses are mandatory within this module.)
    • Natural Risk Management
    • Agro-Systems
    • Environmental and Resources Economics II
  • Reorientation courses
    • Introduction to Geoprocessing
    • Geographic Information Systems
    • Ecology
    • Univariate Data and Modelling
    • Linear Algebra
    • Calculus
    • Introduction to GIS
  • Elective courses: Module GIS and Earth Observation
    • Advanced Earth Observation Techniques
    • Modelling Land-use Changes
    • Geospatial Information Technologies
  • Recommended Electives (Specialisation Earth and Climate)
    • GIS Programming
    • Urban Political Ecology
    • Society Environment Interactions
    • Advanced Land-climate dynamics
    • StadsSalonsUrbains
    • Surface water hydrology
    • Operational Meteorology
    • Hydrogeology
    • Stable Isotope Geology
    • Natural Resource Economics and Policy
  • Other Electives (Elective courses from other specialisations.)
    • Landscape 2
    • Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Development
    • Destination Development
    • Culture and Tourism
    • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Development and Cultures
    • Urban Anthropology
    • European Social and Population Issues
    • Geography of Development
    • Agricultural Economics and Food Policy in Developing Countries
    • Development Cooperation
    • Economic and Financial Geography
    • Remote Sensing of Vegetative Systems
    • Sustainable Mobility and Logistics
    • Basic Programming
    • Object Oriented Programming
    • Generalised Linear Models
    • Urban Studies: Research Methodology, part 1
    • Strategic Spatial Planning
    • Geographies of Mobility and Transportation
    • Space, Society and Policy
    • Housing
    • Urban Social Geography
    • Knowledge Economy and the City
    • History of Urban Design
    • Theory of Urban Planning and Design
  • Module: GIS and Earth Observation (All courses are mandatory within this module.)
    • Advanced Earth Observation Techniques
    • Modelling Land-use Changes
    • Geospatial Information Technologies
  • Reorientation courses
    • Introduction to Geoprocessing
    • Geographic Information Systems
    • Ecology
    • Univariate Data and Modelling
    • Linear Algebra
    • Calculus
    • Introduction to GIS
  • Elective courses: Module Development
    • Natural Risk Management
    • Agro-Systems
    • Environmental and Resources Economics II
  • Recommended Electives (Specialisation Earth and Climate)
    • GIS Programming
    • Urban Political Ecology
    • Society Environment Interactions
    • Advanced Land-climate dynamics
    • StadsSalonsUrbains
    • Surface water hydrology
    • Operational Meteorology
    • Hydrogeology
    • Stable Isotope Geology
    • Natural Resource Economics and Policy
  • Other Electives (Elective courses from other specialisations.)
    • Landscape 2
    • Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Development
    • Destination Development
    • Culture and Tourism
    • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Development and Cultures
    • Urban Anthropology
    • European Social and Population Issues
    • Geography of Development
    • Agricultural Economics and Food Policy in Developing Countries
    • Development Cooperation
    • Economic and Financial Geography
    • Remote Sensing of Vegetative Systems
    • Sustainable Mobility and Logistics
    • Basic Programming
    • Object Oriented Programming
    • Generalised Linear Models
    • Urban Studies: Research Methodology, part 1
    • Strategic Spatial Planning
    • Geographies of Mobility and Transportation
    • Space, Society and Policy
    • Housing
    • Urban Social Geography
    • Knowledge Economy and the City
    • History of Urban Design
    • Theory of Urban Planning and Design

Master thesis

  • Master Thesis Geography

Tuition fees

The full tuition price for EEA students is 938.8 €. The price for Non-EEA students is 938.8 €

Continuing studies

After graduation continue your academic career as a PhD researcher.

Career opportunities

A master degree opens doors in many different branches and sectors. You will be able to work in the private sector, (non-) governmental organisations. Not sure what your next step should be? The VUB helps you with your first steps on the job market.

Your job? Solving real-world problems!

Geographers integrate the study of physical and human systems. They are in equal parts natural and social scientists and have specialised knowledge in geographical information science techniques.

There is a growing interest for the multidisciplinary approach geographers can offer to solve real-world problems at all spatial scales - from local to global - and a strong demand for competent professionals in the broad field of geospatial sciences. As a graduate from the interuniversity Program Master of Geography, you may be recruited by public authorities, private companies and research institutions dealing with urban and regional planning, mobility and transportation, tourism, environmental conservation and management, natural risk assessment, as well as by a multitude of providers and users of geodata-based tools and services.

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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1050 Brussels
Belgium

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