Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Geography, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    1450 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    234 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
The interuniversity masters programme in Geography fromVrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) offers a comprehensive training in spatial approaches to social and/or natural phenomena. As such, it offers a wholly different, fundamentally multidisciplinary and very exciting point of view to a whole lot of events and processes.


International Opportunities

As a Geography student you are privileged. Since the Earth is your study object, you need to go out there and discover the world so you can truly understand it. Field trips and excursions are a crucial element of your study programme, and allow you to look at the world from either a physical or societal perspective. The Geography programme is delivered by Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Interesting areas for physical geography are visited, such as the Alps, the coast of Northern France, the French Massif Central (interesting because of volcanism), but also major cities such as Berlin, Paris, Barcelona and London. During these excursions you really get a sense of what it means to study at VUB: individual guidance, direct contact with professors and teaching staff. Excursions will not only prove to be unforgettable moments from your student years, but also excellent opportunities to put your theoretical knowledge into practice.

Do these international excursions give you an appetite for more? The departments at both universities have a whole host of research projects and collaborations from which you can benefit. That means you might spend a few months abroad for fieldwork in the framework of your Master's thesis (Equatorial Africa, Asia, South America, European Cities, etc.). You can also include a semester in another (European) country in your study programme or do an internship abroad. 

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Environmental Change
  • Society Environment Interactions
  • Geography of a Globalizing Europe
  • Geographical Research Methods I: Earth Observation
  • Geographical Research Methods II: Survey and Data Analysis
  • Physical Geography Field Tip Abroad
  • Tectonics and Geomorphology
  • River Geomorphology
  • Soil and Water Conservation
For more information, please visit programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    All students who require visa and apply after April 1st (and before June 1st, as this is the deadline) will be charged an administrative cost of 100.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

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.

  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    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 a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • 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

General required documents:

  • passport
  • picture
  • bachelor degree (or enrollment certificate when you are in your final year)
  • transcript of records
  • proof of language proficiency

Extra documents per program you apply for:

  • all documents as stated above +
  • motivation letter
  • 2 reference letters
  • not required for Master of management, international business and communication studies
  • if you apply for a science program this must be written by an academic
  • you may use thetemplatebut it is not obligatory

Chinese nationals:

  • all documents als stated above +
  • APS certificate

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1450 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1450 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    234 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 234 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

  • EEA-student formula: Fixed fee = 234,10 +Fee per credit = 11,20
  • Non-EEA-student formula: Fixed fee = 1450,00+Fee per credit = 25,00

Living costs for Brussels

820 - 850 /month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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