24 months
1250 EUR/year
980 EUR/year
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Looking for a programme with a research focus on physical geography, social and urban geography or GIS and spatial modelling? Then this competitive interuniversity Geography programme at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)  is perfect for you! VUB and KU Leuven offer this innovative and internationally recognised programme on fundamental and applied aspects of geosciences. 

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

The offered courses are strongly embedded in the ongoing research programmes 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.

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 programme Master of Geography programme at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) , 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.


All degree programmes offered by VUB are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO), ensuring that they meet the highest predefined quality standards. Alongside this official quality control system, VUB has an internal Quality Control Commission in charge of permanently monitoring the quality of education.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Environmental Change

  • Environmental and Resource Economics

  • Geography of Development

  • Research Seminar

  • Physical Geography OR Socio-Economic Geography Fieldtrip

  • Earth and Climate

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in Geography
  • Bachelor of Science in Geography and Geomatics

For other bachelors, admission will be evaluated based on academic records and skills. The following minimum requirements are requested:

  • 6 ECTS in social processes
  • 6 ECTS in physical processes
  • 6 ECTS in geo-information sciences
  • 9 ECTS mathematicsand statistics
  • 3 ECTS basic programming.

Specialisation modules:

  • Earth and Climate: applicants are required to have a solid background in natural sciences.
  • Geo-information Sciences and Mixed Methods: experience in programming, use of GIS and spatial analysis techniques is required for both modules.
  • Society and Space: applicants are expected to have a clear interest in social sciences.

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

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    1250 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1250 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    980 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 980 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Brussels

885 - 1305 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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