Students are able to defend a position on a scientific basis and to critically reflect on and defend their own research results within a scientific discussion.
Geography studies the processes that alter and shape the world we live in.
Geographers aim to understand reciprocal influences and dependencies in their field, they document change, formulate scenarios and develop sustainable plans of action for the future. This includes examining both physical processes and the interplay between humans and the environment.
Physical geography explores morphological processes on the earth’s surface, investigates the properties of water, snow and ice in the hydrological cycle, and studies soil and vegetation in climate change. Human geography geography analyze how human beings, groups and institutions shape their habitats and how they act within them. A distinctive characteristic of the institute is the strong emphasis on modeling and quantitative methods. Advanced geographic information systems and remote sensing technologies are instrumental in modeling the processes being investigated as well as in illustrating and understanding spatial phenomena.
The study program for the Master of Science (MSc) in Geography with a specialization in human and economic geography provides a thorough education in the area. The following subjects like global change, local action and fractions and conflicts will be discussed. Students can further enhance their knowledge in this field by purposefully planning their studies and choosing an appropriate theme for their Master’s dissertation.
A Master’s degree in geography with a specialization in human and economic geography is a qualification for careers in geography. The Master’s degree also serves as the basis for a dissertation and may form the academic basis to work toward a study program for the Teaching Diploma for Secondary Education.
Geography graduates from University of Zurich have promising employment opportunities thanks to their comprehensive education and are particularly sought-after where teamwork and interdisciplinary cooperation are required.
Possible employment for graduates include positions in planning, architectural or engineering firms, industrial companies and in the private service industry as well as in non-profit organizations, in public administration and in the educational system. The Master’s degree in Geography - Human Geography also opens up opportunities in national and international aid organizations.
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- Atmosphere and Climate
- Soil Science
- Qualitative Methodologies and Methods in Human Geography
- Environment in History
- Political Ecology
- Global Economic Geographies of Agriculture and Food Systems
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- 36 months
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The following academic degrees exempt the holder from having to pass any further examinations for admission to the a Master’s degree course:
- A Bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Science of the University of Zurich, whereby the Faculty determines which types of the Bachelor's degree are required for admission to the respective Master's degree courses.
- Corresponding degrees of Swiss and foreign universities which are generally recognized by the Faculty, or recognized by subject. In terms of paragraph 1, such degrees are reviewed according to the stipulations of § 3 of the Bologna guideline of the Swiss University Conference.
International1360 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 680 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
EU/EEA1360 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 680 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
- Tuition fee is 720 CHF per semester
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