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Geographical Development Studies, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #117 (WUR) Berlin, Germany
In the Master’s programme of Geographical Development Studies, at Freie Universität Berlin, societal processes are analysed in the context of development and transformation based on theories, models and methods from the social sciences.


Theories from the field of development studies are applied in regional contexts, allowing crossroads perspectives to be pursued. Challenges regarding natural resource management and the politics and practice of international development are debated, and the interrelationship between planning and practice is expounded. 

Methods pertaining to geographical information systems (GIS), empirical social research and qualitative and quantitative data analysis are also applied to different fields of enquiry and empirical contexts. The disciplinary nature of the programme is diversified through interdisciplinary module options that enable students to specialise and tailor the programme to their specific learning and research interests.  

A central aspect of the course in Geographical Development Studies at Freie Universität Berlin is a field project in which the students plan, design and carry out an empirical research project from start to finish within the regional context of South or Central Asia, both independently and as part of a team. This involves developing a research question, selecting appropriate research methods, tools and techniques and documenting and presenting the results.

Programme Structure

Field of Study:

  • Human Geography
  • Physical Geography
  • Applied Physical Geography
  • Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in geosciences with credit points in geography corresponding to the bachelor’s program in geography at Freie Universität Berlin, or an equivalent degree.
  • Proof of English language skills (level B2 CEFR). 

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  • 836 - 1340 EUR/month
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