M.Sc. Geography

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) | Brussels, Belgium
The Master of Geography programme is a two-year advanced study in geography organised by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the K.U.Leuven.

Description of Geography

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The 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 ClimateThe 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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline EEA students: 1 June, non-EEA students (students who need to apply for a Belgian visa): 31 March
Tuition fee
  • EUR 2950 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 890 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2015
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Partnership Joint
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

STRUCTURE

  • Common basis 27 ECTS
  • Specialisation 33 ECTS

- Earth and Climate

- City, Society and Space

- GIS and Spatial Modelling

  • Strengthening Courses 30 ECTS
  • Master Thesis 30 ECTS
More details on the programme curriculum can be found on:

http://www.vub.ac.be/DGGF/PDF/Geography_2014_2015.pdf

Requirements for Geography

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. All necessary information regarding the admission requirements, deadlines and application forms can be found on www.vub.ac.be/admission.

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
Language requirements

All prospective students need to provide a proof of sufficient knowledge of English by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • a diploma of secondary or higher education where English was the language of instruction
  • having successfully completed at least one school year of secondary education where English was the language of instruction
  • having successfully completed course units in higher education with a minimum total of 54 study credits where English was the language of instruction
  • having successfully completed ASO secondary education in Belgium
  • having successfully completed one of the following language tests
    • TOEFL: 213 computer-based, 80 internet-based
    • IELS: minimum level academic module 6,5
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), grade B
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), grade C
    • Interuniversity Test of Academic English (ITACE) with a minimal level of B2 of the Common European Framework

Work Experience for Geography

No work experience is required.

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Accreditation

NVAO accredited programme

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