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Cultural Geography (MA)

What is the degree programme about?

In this degree programme you will look at social, cultural, political and economic phenomena on different scales and in different regions of the world. In a series of innovative modules, you will develop your own projects in various areas of social, development or environmental research. The kinds of questions you might investigate include: in a globalised world, how are all-encompassing networks created and, at the same time, new identities and territories defined? What explanations are there for regional and social inequalities? How do social and ecological crises and conflicts arise? How is nature perceived and evaluated in different societies and how does this affect the use of resources and land? And how are ecological and social factors interconnected?

As the degree programme covers a wide range of theory and methods, you have the opportunity to choose your own specialisations according to your personal interests. Alongside subject knowledge and methodology, you will learn soft skills relevant for your future career, such as how to develop and implement projects independently. You will also gain experience in overseeing specialist discussions and planning, organising and running conferences.

Core subjects and specialisation options

The possible specialisations are based around the research priorities at FAU's Institute of Geography: geographical development research, urban research and regional development, political geography and social geography.

Cultural geography is also a core subject in the interdisciplinary Master's degree programme in Middle Eastern Studies.

Modules and degree programme structure

The degree programme consists of eight modules and a Master's thesis.

  • 1st-2nd semester: specialisation modules
    In the first two semesters you deepen your knowledge of your chosen specialisation, take modules in your elective subject and complete an independent project in a small group. At the half-way point in the Master's degree programme you carry out field work, enabling you to put the knowledge gained so far into practice.
  • 3rd-4th semester: methodological training
    The third and fourth semester focus on methodological training. Students are actively involved in the organisation and logistics of research, knowledge generation and knowledge transfer.
  • 4th semester: Master's thesis
    In the fourth semester you prepare an academic thesis and present your work in a presentation followed by a discussion.
Good to know
  • The degree programme covers a wide range of theory and methods, giving you the opportunity to choose your own specialisations according to your personal interests. The degree programme is very application-orientated and has a strong focus on research.
Admission requirements

A basic requirement for admission to the degree programme is a Bachelor's degree with Cultural Geography as the first or second subject (minimum 70 ECTS credits in geography) or a related subject (e.g. social sciences, political science, sociology, urban planning/regional planning, geography teaching degree programme for Gymnasium, economics). The degree grade must be 'good' or better. This degree programme has admission restrictions (NC) which require a minimum grade of 2.3; applicants who have not achieved this grade may be admitted through a selection procedure.

Application procedure

You can apply at Campo. If you have not yet completed your Bachelor's degree at the time of application you must have obtained a minimum of 150 ECTS credits. Your average grade should be 2.5 or better. In exceptional cases, applicants with insufficient ECTS credits at the time of application may be allowed to provide proof of these before the qualification assessment process.

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Degree type: Master of Arts (MA)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Summer Term, Winter Term
Language: English, German
Admission: Qualification assessment
Size: (1-24 Students)
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences

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