Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Geography, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • 890
    Tuition (Year)
    890
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)'s Master of Geography is a highly competitive two-year interuniversity master’s programme in Geography (120 ECTS), organized by Vrije Universiteit Brussel and K.U.Leuven. It offers the following specialisations:

Earth and Climate

The Earth and Climate track focuses on terrestrial ecosystems and environmental changes, emphasizing timely and relevant research topics in the geosciences like global warming, iceclimate interaction, soil and water conservation, natural hazards and risk assessment. In this specialisation you will gain a deep understanding of land surface and atmospheric processes shaping the physical environment and acquire quantitative skills for analysing and modelling the dynamics of these processes. You will also learn to independently define and carry out research projects in geosciences and develop a synthetic vision on environmental issues, at local, regional and global scales.

City, Society and Space

In a strongly urbanized world there is a growing need to better understand social, economic, cultural, and political dynamics of urban areas. The City, Society and Space track focuses on the multifaceted issues that cities are experiencing in the current era of globalisation. During your study, you will be introduced to key urban social and economic theories and become familiar with critical views on urban development.

In the interdisciplinary spirit of urban studies, you will have the chance to engage with and integrate insights from key debates in urban planning and design, housing and real estate markets, tourism and regional development, and many more. Moreover, you will be trained in qualitative and quantitative research methods that will allow you to analyse contemporary urban dynamics in a synthetic and rigorous way.

GIS and Spatial Modelling

In the GIS and Spatial Modelling track you will become acquainted with new approaches and techniques for acquiring, managing, analysing and mapping spatial data. Based on your skills in spatial data handling and your background in both natural and human sciences, you will be trained in analysing complex interactions between man and environment and in the application of spatial decision making mechanisms.

As an expert in geodata processing and spatial modelling you will get the opportunity to improve your knowledge in important application fields of geo-information science, including natural resource management, spatial planning, mobility and transportation. Alternatively, you can also opt to include a 2-month GIS internship in your study programme.

Accreditation

  • NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization) accredited programme

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Environmental Change
  • Society Environment Interactions
  • Geography of Globalisation
  • Geographical Research Methods I: Earth Observation
  • Geographical Research Methods II: Survey and Data Analysis
  • Geographical Research Methods III: Numerical Modelling
  • Research Seminar
  • Tectonics and Geomorphology
  • River Geomorphology
  • Natural Hazards
  • Soil and Water Conservation

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Credits (ECTS)
    120 ECTS
  • Duration full-time 24 months
  • Partnership
    Joint
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Full-time
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Academic Requirements

Academic requirements

The master’s programme presupposes a broad basic knowledge of the natural and social sciences, as well as a broad introduction to geography. The starting conditions are expressed in the amount of ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits the student should have already acquired in both natural and human science fields. Students should also provide a proof of sufficient knowledge of English.

The following Bachelors degrees provide direct access to the programme:
  • Bachelor of Geography
  • Bachelor of Geography and Geomatics, specialisation
    Geography
  • Bachelor of Geology, minor Geography

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 890 International
  • EUR 890 EEA
  • EEA: €230 (fixed) + €11 (per ECTS)
  • Non EEA: €1450 (fixed) + €25 (per ECTS)
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Funding

Scholarships

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) participates in many scholarship programmes offering grants to all levels of study (from Bachelor, Master, tp PhD), in various regions, both for short and longer stays.

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