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Geography - Human Geography, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
    Duration
University rank #54 (ARWU) ,
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.

About

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 and economic 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.

Programme Structure

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

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.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1318 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 659 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1318 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 659 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Tuition fee is 720 CHF per semester

Living costs for Zürich

  • 1920 - 2580 CHF/month
    Living Costs

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

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