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Geography - Human Geography

18 months
1474 EUR/year
1474 EUR/year
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This Geography - Human Geography major program from University of Zurich offers an in-depth subject-specific focus and guides students towards applied research. Students learn to apply theories, methods and approaches from certain fields in Geography to problems in research and practice, and to critically classify and reflect on these. 


Students on Human Geography:

  • Students at Human Geography from University of Zurich 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.
  • 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s diploma or a degree that is at least equivalent from a state-accredited university.
  • Credits for any transferred coursework must also have been acquired at a state-accredited university.
  • The degree program must last at least three years (of regular full-time study: 180 ECTS credits or equivalent workload).
  • The diploma must be state-accredited (no equivalency certificates or university-internal confirmations of the successful completion of interim sections).
  • The diploma must grant entitlement to undertake a consecutive Master’s program at a state-accredited university in the relevant country.
  • You must fulfill the requirements of the Master’s study program in question; in other words, you must have the knowledge and skills required for the Master’s study program. 
  • These requirements are set on the basis of the quality, content and scope of, and the level of skills imparted in, one or more Bachelor’s degree programs at the University of Zurich.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1474 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 737 EUR per semester during 18 months.
  • National

    1474 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 737 EUR per semester during 18 months.
  • Tuition fee is 720 CHF per semester

Living costs for Zürich

1920 - 2572 CHF /month
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