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  M.A. Geography: Culture, Environment and Tourism

University of Passau    Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences

Full time October MA 4 semesters (2 years)
Business & Management (5) Geography (17)

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Embark on a transformative academic journey with the M.A. Geography: Culture, Environment and Tourism programme, a distinctive offering in Germany. This accredited programme equips you with a diverse skill set by merging regional studies, tourism research, and language proficiency. Delve into core subjects such as cultural and environmental geography, regional and tourism research, and management and marketing. Choose from five cultural areas for specialisation, each accompanied by certified foreign language training. Engage in self-contained research projects focusing on urban, regional, or tourism research, and gain hands-on experience through a minimum one-month internship abroad. The programme's modular structure, including core module groups, cultural studies focus modules, and profile module groups, ensures a comprehensive learning experience. With a strong emphasis on critical thinking and intercultural competencies, graduates are prepared for roles in regional planning, consultancy, and academia. Entry requirements include a good first degree in related disciplines and proficiency in German and English. Elevate your career prospects and academic pursuits with this dynamic and practice-oriented programme.

About the course

Uniquely in Germany, the accredited M.A. Geography: Culture, Environment and Tourism programme allows you to combine regional studies and tourism research and to specialise in one of five cultural areas, for which you will learn the corresponding foreign language. The degree programme features compulsory courses in Cultural and Environmental Geography as well as in Business and Economics. Furthermore, you will engage in a research project in regional or tourism research and complete a minimum one-month internship abroad. While studying this programme, you will develop the skill set required to tackle complex issues in regional development and tourism through the use of integrative and cross-disciplinary methods. In-depth regional knowledge and extensive intercultural competencies round off the programme profile of this highly practice-oriented programme

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Entry Requirements

A good first degree in cultural studies, business studies, economics, tourism or a related discipline, with a result of at least 2.5 according to the German marking system or among the best 50% of your cohort. You should have completed an internship in spatial or regional planning, regional economic development, consultancy or tourism (min. 8 weeks) and be able to demonstrate a grasp of the principles of economics and/or business studies equivalent to a minimum of 15 ECTS credits. Language requirements: German at level C1 CEFR (e.g. DSH-2) and English at level B2 CEFR.


106 euros per semester (student services contribution)

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Where is University of Passau


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Student Profiles

Josa Reers

The combination of tourism, environment, and culture in the offered format is unique and provides the opportunity to cover a wide spectrum of subject areas. At the same time, individual interests can be pursued through the large selection of courses and seminars. Numerous guest lectures and the on-site excursion ensure that theoretical content is linked with practical experience.

Florian Wilhelm

What makes the master's program particularly unique is that everyone has the opportunity to tailor the academic focus to their individual interests. There is a wide selection of modules and seminars that allow students to shape their studies according to their own visions for their professional future. The extensive range of language courses and cultural spaces were the decisive factors in my choice of studies. Additionally, Passau shines by offering a familial environment both academically and in everyday life.

Zora Sabisch

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program, students with diverse backgrounds and from different disciplines come together, which leads to engaging conversations and informative knowledge exchange in lectures, seminars, or over coffee after class. I particularly appreciate the manageable size of the master's cohort, which results in a very personal relationship with the faculty members and quickly fosters a sense of community among the students, making it easier to settle in Passau.


With the Deutschlandstipendium scholarship, the University of Passau supports highly gifted and motivated students with a good academic track record, who have shown dedication to social causes. Any current and past volunteering activities as well as the applicants' personal and family-related circumstances carry great significance for the selection process. The scholarship is open to applicants of all nationalities.

The stipend is 300 euros per month. Scholarships are awarded initially for one year, although the funding term is related to the standard duration of study. This scholarship is not means tested: the applicants' or their parents' income is not taken into account. The scholarship is paid on top of the BAföG student grants to scholarship holders who are BAföG recipients. The Deutschlandstipendium scholarship is intended to help students cover the costs associated with their degree studies. These funds are provided as a grant and are thus non-repayable.

At the University of Passau, the scholarships are awarded once a year, at the start of the winter semester. Scholarships are awarded subject to the availability of funds.

Selection criteria

- Your prior scholastic and professional achievements
- Periods of time spent studying or working abroad
- Extracurricular activities and causes for which you have volunteered
- Special achievements, awards and prizes won, particularly if they have academic relevance
- Any hurdles that you had to overcome in your educational background, such as coming from a migrant family
- Whether you are receiving a BAföG student grant

Value of Scholarship(s)

300€ per month


You are eligible to apply if you are enrolled in an undergraduate or master's programme at the University of Passau as a degree-seeking student or if you are currently applying for an undergraduate or master's degree programme here and intend to begin your studies in the upcoming semester.
Any current and past volunteering activities as well as the applicants' personal and family-related circumstances carry great significance for the selection process. The scholarship is open to applicants of all nationalities, but not for exchange students and doctoral students.

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