Master In Geography and Spatial Planning

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR400 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR400 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English, French, German ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Luxembourg, Luxembourg
The Master In Geography and Spatial Planning from the University of Luxembourg 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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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 Master In Geography and Spatial Planning from the University of Luxembourg 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.

The 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!

The University provides 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 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

The 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

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee
  • EUR400 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR400 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


Tuition fee: 200 € /semester

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

Course Content

Semester 1
  • Urban and Spatial Planning Theory and Concepts
  • Integrative Spatial Planning and Case Studies
  • Introduction to European integration
  • Global Environmental Change in the Anthropocene
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Statistics and Econometrics for Geographical Data
  • Introduction to Cartography and Geographical Information
  • Geographical Information Systems: Analysis and Mapping
  • English 1 (optional)
  • French 1 (optional)
  • Séance d'information pour les étudiants du MAGEO (optional)
Semester 2
  • Socio-Economic Development Trends in Europe
  • Political Geography Approaches
  • Concepts and Methods in Governance Research (optional)
  • Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis and Geostatistics (optional)
  • WebGIS and Geoprocessing (optional)
  • Urban Planning Analysis and Projects Appraisal
  • Governance of EU, cross-border and national territorial policies
  • Foundations and Trends in Geographical Research
  • Urban Fieldwork (8 days)
  • LL English 2 (optional)
  • LL French 2 (optional)
Semester 3
  • Cities, Masterplanning and Urban Governance
  • Contemporary Approaches to Regional Development (optional)
  • Project in Urban studies (optional)
  • Bounding Spaces (optional)
  • Project in Regional Development (optional)
  • Project in Political Geography (optional)
  • Project in Spatial Analysis and Modelling (optional)
  • Optimal Location and Transport Models
  • European Geographical Modelling (Erasmus IP, 8 days) (optional)
  • Urban and Environmental Economics (optional)
  • Foundations and Trends in Geographical Research (optional)
  • Readings and Seminars in Geography and Spatial Planning
Semester 4
  • Master Thesis Workshops (optional)
  • Master Thesis (optional)


In addition to the University’s 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 Master’s course is open to students with a Bachelor’s 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.

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