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Programme Structure

The study programme in Geography and Geoinformatics offers you three different specialisations. You can also study geography with a minor subject. Read more about each specialisation at the bottom of this page.

During the programme you will encounter classroom teaching, project work, and field and methods studies. Through compulsory and elective courses and working on your own projects, you acquire both academic and practical knowledge, as well as theoretical, analytical, and methodological qualifications.

Do a Project in Practice or Study Abroad

You can choose to supplement your graduate studies with a project in practice or studies abroad. It is also possible to supplement with courses offered by other departments or universities in Denmark.

Master's Thesis

The final part of your study is a Master's Thesis, which we recommend that you start planning early in your studies. In this way you can, with the assistance of a supervisor, select the elective courses that best fit your academic profile.

The thesis gives you the opportunity to do a project on a scientific problem within your specific fields of interest. The thesis can be composed of literature reviews, desk analyses of data, and/or fieldwork. You may also choose a topic that is associated with your supervisor's research projects, or you may develop your thesis in collaboration with a company or an organisation.

Specialisations

 

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Earth Observations (EO) play a significant role in the Geoinformatics specialisation. You'll get a deeper understanding of the theory and concepts behind GIS and EO and their use in fields like environmental monitoring and modelling on both local and global scales.

This enables you to perform advanced GIS/EO-based spatial analysis and to communicate the results both visually, orally, and in writing. You learn to select the appropriate EO data and methodology. Thus, you can assess the interaction between environmental resources, the dynamics and management of global and local land use, as well as global climate change.

This also allows you to evaluate data quality in order to understand and describe the limitations of current EO and GIS technology.

Among other things, you'll get the skills and competences to:

  • understand the theories and practice of GIS and EO tools for applications within both human and physical geography.
  • perform programming, customization and automation in GIS.
  • use and apply a wide range of GIS/EO technologies and software.
  • use state-of-the-art environmental monitoring algorithms within optical and thermal infrared remote sensing.
  • process data from registers and digital maps.
  • gain new insights into novel application of geoinformatics, including how to work with big data.

See the full description of the knowledge, competencies and skills you obtain with this specialisation in the curriculum for Geography and Geoinformatics.

 

The specialisation can be structured in two ways, depending on the size of your thesis:

Programme Overview, Thesis 45 ECTS

Compulsory courses: 15 ECTS
Restricted elective courses: 45 ECTS
Elective courses: 15 ECTS
Thesis: 45 ECTS

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Remote Sensing of the Bio-Geosphere Advanced Geoinformatics Restricted elective course Restricted elective course
Restricted elective course Restricted elective course Elective course Elective course
Year 2 Restricted elective course Thesis
Restricted elective course

One block equals nine weeks of study and 15 ECTS.

Programme Overview, Thesis 60 ECTS

Compulsory courses: 15 ECTS
Restricted elective courses: 30 ECTS
Elective courses: 15 ECTS
Thesis: 60 ECTS

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Remote Sensing of the Bio-Geosphere Advanced Geoinformatics Restricted elective course Restricted elective course
Restricted elective course Restricted elective course Elective course Elective course
Year 2 Thesis

One block equals nine weeks of study and 15 ECTS.

Restricted Elective Courses

Choose your restricted elective courses from the lists below. Click on each course for a detailed description.

You must choose at least two courses from this list:

Choose your remaining courses from this list:

 

 

In Physical Geography you focus your studies on geomorphology, terrestrial ecosystems, and global climate systems. You will get a thorough understanding of the physical processes of Arctic, Danish, and tropical ecosystems with a focus on soils, vegetation, and changing land use.

You will also learn about the interplay between atmospheric circulation and radiation/energy balance and its correlation with the global climate and hydrology. On a larger scale, you'll be able to assess the relationship between terrestrial ecosystems and climate systems in a historical and present-day context and across a range of temporal and spatial scales.

When you graduate, you have the skills and competences to:

  • understand ecosystem changes in temperate, tropical, and arctic areas, including Earth's CO2 emissions and sequestration related to global warming.
  • use models at different scales and databases to understand present and historical climate and predict future development in climatic trends.
  • design and carry out studies and research projects within the fields of geomorphology, sediment transport, and landscape processes.
  • understand sediment transportation and deposits of heavy metals in areas like the Wadden Sea with regards to responsible coastal management – for example, in the context of sea level rise.
  • understand linkages between biogeochemical processes related to soil, water, and climate for better management of natural resources.
  • explain the relationship between climate, ecosystems, and land-use in different climate zones.

See the full description of the knowledge, competencies, and skills you obtain with this specialisation in the curriculum for Geography and Geoinformatics.

 

The programme can be structured in two ways, depending on the size of your thesis (45 or 60 ECTS):

Programme Structure (Thesis: 45 ECTS)

Compulsory courses: 15 ECTS
Restricted elective courses: 45 ECTS – see list of courses below
Elective courses: 15 ECTS
Thesis: 45 ECTS

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Ecosystems, Climate and Climate Change Glacial, Fluvial and Estuarine Geoscience Restricted elective courses Restricted elective courses
Restricted elective courses Restricted elective courses Elective course Elective course
Year 2 Restricted elective courses Thesis
Restricted elective courses

One block equals nine weeks of study and 15 ECTS.

Programme Structure (Thesis: 60 ECTS)

Compulsory courses: 15 ECTS
Restricted elective courses: 30 ECTS – see list of courses below
Elective courses: 15 ECTS
Thesis: 60 ECTS

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Ecosystems, Climate and Climate Change Glacial, Fluvial and Estuarine Geoscience Restricted elective courses Restricted elective courses
Restricted elective courses Restricted elective courses Elective course Elective course
Year 2 Thesis

One block equals nine weeks of study and 15 ECTS.

Restricted Elective Courses

Choose your restricted elective courses from the lists below. Click on each course for a detailed description.

You must choose at least two courses from this list:

Choose your remaining courses from this list:

 

 

The study of human geography centers around social, economic, and development geography, as well as human environment interactions and spatial planning.

You focus on globalisation processes and their geographical implications – for instance, the dynamics of global value chains, transformation of cities, regions and landscapes, migration, urbanisation, and land use change in both the Global North and South.

Thus, you'll get a deeper understanding of what globalisation means for the labour market, regional business, agriculture, as well as urban and industrial development.

You will also get insight into the social, political, and economic processes and drivers of the location, distribution, and growth of human activity, as well as the role of uneven geographical development and its implications. You can choose to focus on the Global North or Global South – or both.

As a graduate, you'll have the skills and competences to:

  • understand and analyse complex relationships between human and environmental systems; for example, rural and urban transformations and their linkages to socioeconomic development and environmental planning.
  • apply theoretical concepts of social, economic, development and environmental geography to real-world problems such as inequality and environmental degradation.
  • understand the relationships between climate change, land use, and social processes in relation to assessing natural resource management.
  • compile and analyse complex interdisciplinary data from a variety of sources to understand human geographical processes and their impacts, as well as spatial aspects at different scales.
  • select and apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative methodologies for problem-based research, both in the form of desk- and field-based approaches.
  • work in and understand the implications of cross-cultural contexts.

See the full description of the knowledge, competencies, and skills you obtain with this specialisation in the curriculum for Geography and Geoinformatics.

 

The programme can be structured in two ways, depending on the size of your thesis:

Programme Overview, Thesis 45 ECTS

Compulsory courses: 15 ECTS
Restricted elective courses: 45 ECTS
Elective courses: 15 ECTS
Thesis: 45 ECTS

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Environment, Society and Development Transformation of Cities and Landscapes: Globalisation and Local Strategies Restricted elective course Restricted elective course
Restricted elective course Restricted elective course Elective course Elective course
Year 2 Restricted elective course Thesis
Restricted elective course

One block equals nine weeks of study and 15 ECTS.

Programme Overview, Thesis 60 ECTS

Compulsory courses: 15 ECTS
Restricted elective courses: 30 ECTS
Elective courses: 15 ECTS
Thesis: 60 ECTS

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Environment, Society and Development Transformation of Cities and Landscapes: Globalisation and Local Strategies Restricted elective course Restricted elective course
Restricted elective course Restricted elective course Elective course Elective course
Year 2 Thesis

One block equals nine weeks of study and 15 ECTS.

Restricted Elective Courses

Choose your restricted elective courses from the lists below. Click on each course for a detailed description.

You must choose at least two courses from this list:

Choose your remaining courses from this list:

 

 

Please note: The MSc in Geography with a minor subject is only for applicants with a Danish Bachelor’s degree in Geography including the required courses from the minor subject. The minor subject consists of courses taught in Danish, where the first part is compulsory in the Bachelor’s degree, and the remaining is part of the MSc.

You can study geography with a minor subject if you want to acquire the competences to teach or disseminate both subjects. This enables you to teach in Danish upper secondary schools.

You will also be able to communicate geographical topics and solution models to users and collaboration partners, for instance in connection with complex tasks and projects. In addition, you get the prerequisites for further studies e.g., a PhD programme.

See the full description of the admission requirements, as well as the knowledge, competences, and skills you obtain in the curriculum for Geography and Geoinformatics with a Minor Subject.

The programme can be structured in different ways depending on whether your minor subject is within or outside the field of science. The tables below show the recommended academic progression in both cases:

Programme Overview, Minor Subject Within the Field of Science

Compulsory courses: 7.5 ECTS
Elective courses: 37.5 ECTS
Minor subject: 45 ECTS
Master's thesis: 30 ECTS

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Minor subject Minor subject Minor subject Minor subject
Minor subject Minor subject Restricted elective course Restricted elective course
Year 2 Restricted elective course Advanced Course in Science Teaching Thesis
Restricted elective course Restricted elective course

One block each year equals nine weeks of study and 15 ECTS.

Programme Overview, Minor Subject Outside the Field of Science

Compulsory courses: 7.5 ECTS
Elective courses: 37.5 ECTS
Minor subject: 75 ECTS
Master's thesis: 30 ECTS

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Minor subject Minor subject Minor subject Minor subject
Minor subject Minor subject Minor subject Minor subject
Year 2 Restricted elective course Advanced Course in Science Teaching Minor subject Minor subject
Restricted elective course Restricted elective course Restricted elective course Restricted elective course
Year 3 Thesis

One block each year equals nine weeks of study and 15 ECTS.

Restricted Elective Courses

Choose your restricted elective courses from the lists below. Click on each course for a detailed description.