Geography, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English


Specialising in Geography, you will be prepared to analyse environmental challenges. You will be able to participate and lead work at all organisational levels in relation to use, protection and planning of natural resources in a global context. The Aalborg University's study programme integrates ecological understanding with fundamental understanding of the governing processes shaping resources of the Earth.

Studying Geography you will work with questions like:

  • How can we preserve our natural ressources?

  • How do climate changes affect our nature and our environment?

  • Which elements damage our ecosystem and how?

Field work

The study programme is characterised by laboratory work, relevant field work and excursions. During your studies, you have plenty of opportunity to experience field work as you get the possibility to go out in nature and collect data for your experiments and projects.

Job and Career

Graduates from Physical Geography have many possible career opportunities and have well-developed skills in cross disciplinary project work. Examples of working areas:

  • Environmental assessment consultants
  • Natural resource administration in public organizations
  • Implementation of environmental standards and administration of protected nature and aquatic resources
  • PhD studies in Physical Geography and Environmental studies

Programme Structure

The Master of Science in Geography consists of four semesters providing you with 30 ECTS each.

During your studies, you will build competencies enabling you to collect, analyse and visualise the data on natural resource occurrence, governing processes and human impacts that forms the basis for a conceptual resource model. You will learn to construct, calibrate and validate numerical resource models.

The semester structure is as follows:

1st semester: climate changes and natural ressources

During the 1st semester, you work with the deposits of natural ressources, and you investigate how natural ressources are affected by climate changes. Knowing how our climate affects our ressources, you are able to analyse the influence and the protection of natural ressources in relation to future climate changes

  • Climate Change and Natural Resources

  • Experimental Hydrology

  • Environmental Soil Science and Geostatistics

  • Global Ecological Processes

2nd semester: Land use and environment

Our production-like approach to nature means less variation in the landscape and fewer species of animals. In order to improve ecosystems, it is important to be able to identify the problems caused by the current types of production. During the 2nd semester, you will learn to identify and reduce these problems.

  • Landscape, Land Use and the Environment

  • Local Ecological Processes

  • Choose between Freshwater Ecology and Danish Biotypes

  • Choose between Hydrodynamics and Time Series Analysis of Environmental Flows and Marine Pollution

3rd semester: construct your own semester

You can choose to start your Master's thesis during this semester, or you can choose to study abroad or to conduct an internship in a relevant organisation (in Denmark or abroad).

4th semester: Master's thesis

During the 4th semester, you write your Master's thesis of 30 ECTS.

Detailed Programme Facts

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:


    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

You can apply when you have a Bachelor’s degree in:

  • Geography (AAU)
  • Urban, Energy and Environmental Planning (AAU)
  • Geography and Geoinformatics (KU)
  • Geoscience (KU)

or the like.

Please make sure you send your application form and further documentation via post to the International Office by the required deadline.

Furthermore please note the official language requirements for international students applying to Aalborg University are:

  • IELTS (academic test): 6.5
  • TOEFL (paper-based): 560
  • TOEFL (internet-based): 88
  • Cambridge First Certificate with the grade B

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12402 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12402 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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92,200 DKK

Living costs for Aalborg

  • 5790 - 8150 DKK/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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