Human Geography

The study of human geography centers around social, economic and development geography as well as human environment interactions and spatial planning. Among other things you will 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.

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.

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

  • design and perform studies, field work and research projects within the field of human geography.
  • compile and analyse complex data from a variety of sources.
  • select appropriate quantitative and qualitative methodologies for problem-based research.
  • work with interdisciplinary dimensions of human geographical processes and their impacts and spatial aspects at different scales.
  • 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 (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 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

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 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

Restricted elective courses

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

You are obliged to choose courses worth at least 15 ECTS from this list:

Choose your remaining courses from this list: