Master of Science in Geography

Course content

Geographical knowledge and ideas are used in a wide range of applied and policy disciplines such as nature conservation, environmental reporting, global change study, development, spatial planning and urban planning, regional development, administrative organisation, ...

The research field of geography is very broad and includes all objects, processes and changes, both natural and anthropogenic, of the objects and processes occurring on the earth surface. The discipline is essentially interdisciplinary and relies on a broader human and scientific basis.
Different geographic technologies addressed in the Master of Science in Geography, such as GIS, remote sensing and cartography are found in many disciplines of the knowledge society and have become indispensable in a large part of the business world.

The Geography Department has the following research clusters: social and economic geography, landscape research, physical geography, cartoGIS and 3D data acquisition.

  • The cluster social and economic geography is active in fields such as world systems analysis, population geography, political geography, location theory research, transport geography and spatial datagaring and modeling.
  • Landscape science combines different research disciplines such as landscape history, landscape ecology, landscape planning and management, landscape architecture, land classification and evaluation.
  • the cluster physical geography applies the techniques and methods of observation and explanation of the physical geography of archaeological sites.
  • Research in cartography, GIS and 3D data acquisition includes a wide range of topics, such as objective quality definition, spatial-temporal modeling and algorithms, network analysis, algorithms and 3D visualization, but also includes an applied scientific component, including policy support.

The members of the department work together with or are actively involved in various initiatives of international and national scientific or professional organisations, such as EARSeL, ICA, UNESCO World Heritage Program. Their activities extend far beyond the borders of Belgium from Siberia to DR Congo, from China to Egypt, from Zimbabwe to Greece ...The specialisations offered in the training connect closely with all these research areas.


The overall objective of this master programme is to educate geographers who, based on their expertise, can play an active role in contemporary society: spatial planning, urban renewal, population problems, traffic, tourism, cartography and GIS, environmental planning, climatology and meteorology, education, aid and development...

Course structure


The specialisations are reflected by the majors:

  • Major City, Enterprise and Mobility
  • Major Landscape Science, Man and Environment
  • Major GEO-ICT


There is a master dissertation of 30 credits.


The two-year master’s programme (120 credits) consists of:
  • 20 credits for general courses
  • 40 credits for major courses, selecting from City, enterprise and mobility, Landscape science, man and environment, and Geo-ICT
  • 30 credits for minor (elective) courses
  • 30 credits for the master dissertation


The exchange programme contains a preferred list of English courses taught at UGent of the Master of Science in Geography.
The programme offers a selection of courses with subjects in geography as urbanisation, landscape ecology and hydrology as well as geographical information science and technology. Recommended English courses in other related study programmes such as Urbanism, Archaeology, Physical Land Resources, Geology, Biology, ... can be followed.

Career perspectives

Masters in Geography are valued on the labor market, at home and abroad, because of their broad scientific education and their strong time-spatial thinking. They are opportunities in many areas of employment, both in education, public and private sector. Geographers are found as researchers at various institutions (universities, NGI, KMI, NIS), but many geographers are engaged in applied scientific activities in the energy sector, environmental sector, the urban and spatial planning (regional development, urban renewal), various public services (public works, transport and mobility, economic affairs), intermunicipal, publishing, tourism, distribution, information technology, banking, insurance, or international organizations. The area of geographic information management offers significant new opportunities (AGIV, municipalities, engineering).

Admission requirements


  • For non-Flemish degrees:

the course is open to students with at least a Bachelor degree in the field of geography with minimum 180 credits.

  • For Flemish degrees:

the list of degrees giving access to this master can be consulted in the online course catalogue.


Check the language requirements.

Application Procedures


International students who want to obtain a diploma or degree at Ghent University apply and enroll as regular students on the basis of a diploma obtained abroad.


International students who temporarily live in a foreign country and attend courses or are involved in other academic activities, have to follow the procedure of exchange students.