The objective of this programme is to provide a deeper understanding of geographical problems and methods, knowledge to the theoretical debate within the discipline, and training in the use of geographical working techniques.
The full programme comprises of 120 ECTS. In addition to core courses on society-environment interactions and research methods in geography (27 ECTS), you take the compulsory courses within your chosen specialisation (33-34 ECTS) as well as a number of electives in your field (29-30 ECTS). The remaining 30 ECTS are allocated to the master’s thesis.
The programme offers three specialisations:
Geographers study the interaction between human societies and their environments, and are able to analyse the spatial distributions and processes of particular phenomena.
We witness a growing demand for competent professionals in the broad field of geo-sciences. As a graduate you may be recruited by surveying companies, mapping agencies, service and utility providers and public entities.
You will also be placed high on the recruitment list of international administrations dealing with land use planning, disaster management, and environmental conservation. Careers can also be pursued in research and education, whereby this master's programme is complemented by a relevant PhD.
The Master of Geography is offered at KU Leuven.
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This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.
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