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Master's Programme in Geography, 120 hec

Our master’s programme combines physical and human geography to explore geography’s role in modern society. Geography’s breadth goes beyond its stereotype of maps and state capitals to explore the interactions between landscape and humanity. Whether you’re interested in Geographical Information Systems, human rights, climate change, or city planning and resource distribution,  you will develop the skills necessary to address future challenges with this modern science.

Most of the planet’s population now live and work in urban areas, and business and production are increasingly concentrated in urban regions—we are moving towards an urban world. But how do such structural transformations articulate and influence people’s lives and environments, short- and long-range resource chains, and land and resource use? The task of achieving sustainable urban futures requires prioritizing holistic thinking. Geography—bridging the social and natural sciences—is particularly suited to such a challenge. 

We strive to pursue a balanced consideration of both physical and human geography that deals with global change and sustainable development. You will have the opportunity to explore the interdisciplinary elements of geography while still focusing on your specific interests. In addition to the freedom to choose elective courses, our programme addresses the increasing use of computer-aided mapping in many Earth science research questions by offering advanced courses in Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing tools.

Our programme aims to provide you with sufficient expertise to work independently with complex geographical problems and carry out advanced evaluation and planning in the fields of sustainable urban development and urban-rural relations, including between cities and regions. We provide specialized competency in specific thematic areas depending on your desired focus, such as:

urban sustainability; topics such as land issues, mobility, planning, and globalization; and methods, including Geographical Information Systems.

The programme’s breadth and practice in analytical proficiency in questions of urbanization make you attractive both for the job market and PhD positions. We also emphasize fieldwork, and you have the opportunity to independently find an internship or study abroad, both of which provide practical experience and the chance to build a strong skillset.

Who Should Apply?

Are you interested in the interplay between human and physical geography and the role this plays in areas such as environmental science, climate change, city planning, sustainability, or resource distribution?

Are you concerned with how climate change and human rights and social justice issues are creating complex challenges for the future?

Would you like to further your studies in Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing tools with courses and a focused thesis?

If you are curious about how the natural Earth affects us and how we affect the world, then apply for the master’s programme in Geography.

Programme Structure and Content

The first semester consists of four mandatory courses:

  • Urban Sustainable Development
  • History of Ideas and Theory in Geography
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Urban Climate and Climate Planning

During the next two semesters, you can choose elective courses from a wide selection or opt to do an internship or study abroad for one semester. Depending on your focus, we offer specialist competency and knowledge in sustainable development relating to urban issues in a wider geographical context with possible focus on: 

  • Urban sustainability
  • Sustainable mobility
  • Qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Geographical Information Systems.

Your final thesis is completed within a corresponding course, so you will have group support during the process.  We recommend that fieldwork be incorporated, and can be linked to a workplace in Sweden or abroad.

Graduates of the programme receive the degree Master of Science in Geography.

Our graduates are attractive to employers, and many have job offers before they complete their degrees, though we encourage them to finish their thesis so they can enjoy the salaries they are worth. They work in positions such as environmental consultants and coordinators, GIS engineers and consultants, cartographic consultants, and city planning consultants and coordinators.

Entrance requirements and application

Entrance Requirements:

A Bachelor's degree in the main field of geography, human geography, economic geography or physical geography or equivalent skills, including a minimum of 7,5 credits in GIS (Geographical information systems). Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Master's Programme in Geography, 120 hec
Start Full/part time Apply
Autumn 2020 Day, 100 % Closed
CITY: Göteborg
Application fee 900 SEK
Full programme cost 238 000 SEK
First payment 59 500 SEK
Application and tuition fees do not apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.
Further information on how to apply and application and tuition fees: http://www.universityadmissions.se

Autumn 2020 Day, 100 % Late Application
CITY: Göteborg
For certain education alternatives it is possible to make a late application after the final application date. Applicants who make a late application will be ranked according to the date when the application is received, if they and will be accepted if they fulfill the requirements and if there are free places.
Application fee 900 SEK
Full programme cost 238 000 SEK
First payment 59 500 SEK
Application and tuition fees do not apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.
Further information on how to apply and application and tuition fees: http://www.universityadmissions.se

Study Counselor

If you have questions about the programme, please contact our study counselor Emily Whitehurst Zack: 031-786 28 38 | svl@gvc.gu.se.


There are multiple scolarships to apply for and The Axel Adler Scholarship placement reserves one for each program.  Read more about scholarships here.

Tuition fees and scholarships

More information about our tuition fees.

Application and admission

If your application leads to an admission, you are simultaneously admitted to the mandatory courses given during the first semester of the program. In order to be officially admitted, you must accept your placement from admissions and in the fall register for the first course. Once you have registered for the initial course of the program, GE5000, you are automatically registered on the program as well.

Since the second semester of the program consists of elective courses you have to apply for them through antagning.se or universityadmissions.se. The second and third semesters of the program have recommended elective courses, but you may choose other options.  You are welcome to contact academic counselling with questions.

Elective courses taught by the Department of Earth Sciences (coursecodes:  NGN-, GE-) have placement guarantee.

The application period for the spring: 15 September - 15 October. The application period for the fall: 15 March- 15 April.

More information about the application process can be found on the Student Portal - Application regular student.

Page Manager: Henrik Thelin|Last update: 11/21/2019

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