University of Luxembourg

Master in Geography and Spatial Planning, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Semester)
    Tuition (Semester)
  • English
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.


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.

Programme Structure

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)

Semester 2

  • European Territorial Trends and Policies
  • Territorial Governance and Policy Analysis
  • Quantitative Spatial Analysis
  • Cartography and GIS
  • Projects and Practice
  • Research Methods and Seminars
For more info please visit the programme website.


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)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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.

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 200 International
  • EUR 200 EU/EEA


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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