|Application deadline:||31 July 2013 (European students), 30 April 2013 (non-European students)|
|Tuition fee:|| |
|Start date:||September 2013|
|Credits:|| 120 ECTS |
|Duration full-time:||24 months|
|Delivery mode:||On Campus|
The Master in Geography and Spatial Planning (former "Master in Spatial Development and Analysis") provides insights into the analysis of the patterns of spatial development and spatial governance in Europe, with a strong emphasis on integrative approaches and sustainable development strategies. It responds to the growing need for highly qualified experts able to deal with European and cross-border issues. The programme addresses key social, economic and environmental challenges and thereby offers:
The main objective of this Master’s programme is to offer a very high standard of academic education in the fields of geographical and spatial analysis, spatial development and sustainable planning strategies in Europe. Another mission of this Master is to provide an interdisciplinary, intercultural and multilingual learning environment, combining the most up-to-date approaches in geography, spatial analysis and planning. It thereby gives students an excellent knowledge of appropriate research tools, a detailed knowledge of spatial systems and planning philosophies in Europe as well as mastery of the “soft skills” which are increasingly required, such as project management in international, interdisciplinary teams. This Master also provides students key strategies to address the challenge of socio-economic coherence and sustainability in the European Union.
Graduates will be qualified for a wide range of academic and professional careers at different spatial levels and in various sectors, for example:
Furthermore, the Master’s course prepares students for PhD programmes in the fields of geography, spatial analysis and development.
The courses are organised in interactive and problem-oriented forms, providing the students with advanced conceptual and methodological knowledge as well as exposing them to realistic research situations that challenge their scientific and organisational problem-solving capacities.
During the first semester, particular attention will be paid to individual intensive teaching (levelling-up) for any students with deficits in certain fields of knowledge, whether methodological or conceptual. After this initial phase, major topics within the first and the second semester are:
In the third semester, specialisation involves choosing between two tracks, spatial development and governance or spatial analysis and modelling: relevant to the spatial sciences, as well as qualitative methodological skills. It enables the students to analyse and monitor the social, political, and economic mechanisms behind quantitatively observable spatial phenomena. Prepare students for applied careers, concentrating on the case of the “Greater Region” which will be used as a showcase for cross-border regional development in Europe and the complex interplay between different national development policies and intercultural issues. This semester is also open to mobility within one of our four partner universities.
The fourth and last semester is dedicated to an internship as well as to the preparation of a Master’s thesis. The students’ research work during this semester is accompanied by individual supervision as well as regular meetings in a research seminar where the students report on the progress of their work and this can be discussed. The thematic courses are complemented by language courses offered during the first three semesters.
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
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 (see below).
You are normally required to take an English Proficiency Test if you come from a non-English speaking country.
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