• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
The Master in Geography is a two-year advanced study programme jointly organised by KU Leuven and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). This interuniversity master’s programme offers you a comprehensive training in approaches to social, geographical and/or natural geographical phenomena. 

Overview

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.

Programme outline

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:

  • Earth and Climate: focuses on terrestrial ecosystems and environmental changes, emphasising timely and relevant research topics in the geosciences like global warming, soil and water conservation.
  • City, Society and Space: focuses on the multifaceted challenges faced in cities in the current era of globalisation.
  • GIS and Spatial Modelling: focuses on new approaches and techniques for acquiring, managing, analysing and mapping spatial data. Within this specialisation you can also opt to include a two-month GIS internship.

Strengths

  • The highly competitive programme is jointly offered by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at KU Leuven and the Department of Geography at VUB and is firmly rooted in current research at both universities.
  • A strong focus on methods and techniques combined with analytical strength and a broad theoretical background makes you a versatile researcher, prepared to take up a key role in interdisciplinary teams tackling the core challenges of the future like climate change, urbanisation, land use management, migration …

Career perspectives

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.

Questions about student life in Belgium, life at KU Leuven or more information about a specific course? Chat with our students: www.kuleuven/be/chatwithourstudents.

Programme Structure

Common Basis

  • Environmental Change
  • Geographies of a Globalizing Europe
  • Geography of Development
  • Environmental and Resource Economics I
  • Geographical Research Methods 1: Earth Observation
  • Geographical Research Methods 2: Survey and Data Analysis
  • Research Seminar

Profile

  • Earth and Climate
  • City, Society and Space
  • GIS and Spatial Modelling
Master's Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    94

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

After admission procedure:

  • The master programme supposes a broad basic knowledge of the natural and social sciences,as well as a broad introduction in geography. A complete introduction to geography is not required. The starting conditions are expressed through the amount of ECTS-credits they should have acquired.
  • All international applications will be thoroughly examined according to the required prerequisites, an admission commission will decide about acceptance of the applications before the end of June.

Required documents:

  • Proof of proficiency in English
  • Credentials regarding prior education

For more information on the admission requirements, please visit the homepage of the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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