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Course Description

Seeking to train you as a geographer eager to play an active role in today's society the two-year advanced MSc in Geography provides comprehensive training in social-geographical and/or geographical phenomena. Jointly organised and awarded by KU Leuven and the Free University of Brussels, the degree offers specialisation in either Earth and Climate, City, Society and Space or GIS and Spatial modelling. You'll conduct your own research in close relation with on-going, innovative and internationally recognised research projects - you can't be better placed to learn and develop scientific skills! What's more, our students often spend time abroad for fieldwork and data collection. Your skills will be rewarded by the growing demand for competent geoscience professionals. Surveying companies, mapping agencies, service and utility providers, public entities and international and national land-use, disaster management and conservation administrations are always looking for highly-trained graduates.

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.


The Master of Geography aims to gain the analytical and synthetical ability, necessary to understand independently and critically the scientific and social aspects of the environmental problems in our country, in a European dimension and on global level. It aims to enable the student to approach the relation between society and environment in an integrated way. The student will learn to overview and to function within the realm of the geographer. This is possible in the area of fundamental and applied geographical research, as well as in the area of communication and education of geographical sciences.

In the master thesis the research activities are emphasized, next to the acquiring of knowledge and abilities on an advanced level.
The global aim of the master is to produce geographers that can play an active role in our current society. Teaching is based on scientific research. To be able to realize this the KU Leuven and the VUB work together for their Master of Geography, since their focusses of research are similar. The following specialties are offered in English:
- Earth and Climate
- City, Society and Space
- GIS and Spatial Modelling

Career paths
Geographers study the interaction between human societies and their environments, characterise the resulting regions and localities and analyse the spatial distributions and processes of particular natural and human phenomena. Being equally a natural science and a social science equipped with geographical information and scientific techniques, geography integrates the physical and human environments. Thus, geographers have long applied integrated and multidisciplinary approaches to solve real-world problems on all spatial scales, from the local to the global.

There is a growing demand for qualified professionals in the field of geosciences. As a graduate of this interuniversity programme, your skills will be highly sought after by surveying companies, mapping agencies, service and utility providers and public entities, as well as by international and national administrations dealing with urban and rural land-use planning, disaster management, environmental conservation and management. Graduates considering a career in research or education can pursue a PhD after completing this Master's programme.

Entry Requirements

Direct access: Bachelor in de geografie; Bachelor in de biologie, minor geografie; Bachelor in de geologie, minor geografie. 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. Applicants who are non-native speakers of English must provide evidence of English language proficiency. More: www.kuleuven.be/admissions

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