Master Geography and Spatial Planning

University of Luxembourg | Luxembourg , Luxembourg
The Master in Geography and Spatial Planning is designed to respond to the growing need for highly qualified experts that can embrace the multi- dimensionality and complexity of the evolution of cities and regions, reflecting global changes and local dynamics.
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The Master in Geography and Spatial Planning is designed to respond to the growing need for highly qualified experts that can embrace the multi- dimensionality and complexity of the evolution of cities and regions, reflecting global changes and local dynamics.

Despite the demand for European or transnational coordination in spatial planning, national planning cultures and concepts within Europe continue to be markedly heterogeneous. You will be prepared for understanding a wide range of European and transnational planning philosophies and processes, as well as transcending current limits.

The programme addresses key social, economic and environmental challenges with a geographical and multi-scalar perspective. Sustainable planning strategies require a holistic approach and push researchers and experts to enlarge the scope of their competences and move beyond singular disciplinary culture.

You will gain an understanding of integrative approaches and be trained in a wide range of approaches in geographical analysis and spatial planning. You will be prepared to meet the demands for sustainable spatial planning strategies and improved urban and territorial governance processes.

Our Offer

Our programme is entirely taught in English and benefits from a proximity to European institutions and international research centres. Our students come from about 20 countries and so does our research group!

We provide a unique combination of academic courses and practical work. You will learn to identify and explain conceptual and theoretical models and work with geographic information systems, computer-aided cartography, statistical tools as well as qualitative assessment and survey methods.

The programme builds on a mix of experienced researchers and practitioners. Teaching staff includes academic scholars from the University of Luxembourg(Luxemburg) and partner universities in order to stand at the forefront of research concepts and analysis techniques. In addition, distinguished experts from European and regional institutions and agencies contribute to the teaching programme, thus sharing best practice and enhancing the dialogue between academic research and planning practice.

Your future

Our Master leads to a variety of professional careers at different geographical scales and in various sectors, as well as an opening to PhD programmes.

Most of our graduates work in private and public spatial planning bodies, mobility and transport consultancies, urban and regional development agencies, European and cross-border institutions, as well as in universities and research centres.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 31 July, 30 April
Tuition fee
  • EUR 400 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 400 Year (EEA)

200 /semester

Start date
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The Master of Geography and Spatial Planning runs over two years (four semesters) with a total of 120 ECTS and includes a variety of learning activities, such as lectures, seminars, workshops, conferences, and urban field work.

Most courses are organised in interactive and problem-oriented forms, providing you with advanced conceptual and methodological knowledge as well as realistic situations that challenge your scientific and organisational problem-solving capacities.

The programme is divided into nine categories, each one reflecting different thematic areas and methodological approaches of geography and spatial planning.

  • Urban and Spatial Planning
  • European Territorial Trends and Policies
  • Territorial Governance and Policy Analysis
  • Quantitative Spatial Analysis
  • Cartography and GIS
  • Geographical Modelling
  • Projects and Practice
  • Research Methods and Seminars
  • Master thesis
  • + Open courses and optional language courses

The Master of Geography and Spatial Planning combines both the strength of a very integrated programme via a set of common mandatory courses, and the strength of a flexible programme via specialisation options from the second semester on. You can specialise in either advanced territorial and urban governance analysis or in advanced spatial analysis and modelling tools.

To complete your degree, you are required to conduct a Master thesis during the fourth semester. You will have to prove your ability to work independently and scientifically on a research topic of your choice. The thesis can also be linked to an internship within a research or non-research institution


In addition to the Universitys own teaching staff and temporary lecturers, several modules are offered in cooperation with partner universities and research centres. Furthermore, a number of distinguished experts from European and regional institutions contribute to the teaching programme, thus enhancing the interface between academic research and practice

University staff

  • Geoffrey Caruso - Study Director, Professor of GIS and Spatial Analysis
  • Fabian Faller - PhD candidate
  • Malte Helfer - Research Associate
  • Markus Hesse - Professor of Urban Studies
  • Ariane Koenig - Research Associate and Head of University Sustainability Cell
  • Rob Krueger - Invited Professor (Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA, USA))
  • Annick Leick - PhD candidate
  • Cyrille Médard de Chardon - PhD candidate
  • Birte Nienaber - Professor of Political Geography
  • Kerry Pearce - GIS Specialist
  • Mirjam Schindler - PhD candidate
  • Christian Schulz - Professor of Environmental Economic Geography
  • Norman Teferle - Professor of Geophysics

Guest lecturers

  • Kai Böhme - Spatial Foresight (LU)
  • David Dabin - Federal Police Belgium (BE)
  • Romain Diederich - Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures (LU)
  • Nicolas Dendoncker - University of Namur (BE)
  • Thiemo W. Eser - Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures (LU)
  • Brian Field - European Investment Bank (LU)
  • Matthew Kahn - English Teacher (LU)
  • Olivier Klein - Public Research Centre CEPS/INSTEAD (LU)
  • Dominique Peeters - Université catholique de Louvain (BE)
  • Pascal Parrottino - French Teacher (FR)
  • Jean-Claude Sinner - Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures (LU)
  • Christophe Sohn - Public Research Centre CEPS/INSTEAD (LU)
  • Sabine Stölb - Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures (LU)
  • Isabelle Thomas - Université catholique de Louvain (BE)
  • Dan Zachary - Public Research Centre Henri Tudor (LU)

English Language Requirements

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This Masters course is open to students with a Bachelors degree or equivalent (at least three years of higher education in accordance with the Bologna prerequisites) in human geography or spatial planning who are looking for additional training in the realm of spatial analysis as well as European and cross-border issues. Students from related disciplines such as architecture, urban studies, regional economics, urban sociology, anthropology etc. are encouraged to apply and may be accepted on demonstration of sufficient knowledge in the relevant fields

Main criteria for selection

  • Wide theoretical, conceptual and methodological knowledge in the field of spatial analysis and development.
  • Proven interest in high level academic research.
  • Very good knowledge of English (written and spoken). Sufficient knowledge of at least one of the two other teaching languages (French/German) is considered as an advantage.
  • Practical experience in international/European research contexts (e.g. internships, BA theses) will be considered as an advantage.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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