Master's Programme in Human Geography, 120 credits

About the education

This programme aims at deepening and broadening the student’s knowledge of different fields in Human Geography. Human Geography is the discipline about society and its geography. A geographical perspective involves considering relations of proximity and distance and to explore geographical patterns. There is a strong tradition in Human Geography research work to study societal matters in different places and regions in the world. This discipline is a framework to pursue broad studies and it gives opportunities to specialize in deep and detailed studies.

Purpose and learning objectives

Through this programme you will obtain

– broad knowledge and specialized knowledge in different fields of Human Geography

– thorough knowledge in methods required to assess others’ work and pursue own studies

– skills to do research work

– skills to discuss, communicate and present others’ and your own research results

Programme content and structure

Compulsory courses: Space and Society – Theory and Method in Human Geography, 15 credits,

Advanced Method in Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning, 15 credits,

Master’s Thesis in Human Geograohy, 30 credits.

The contents of the programme can be designed according to your interest. Specializations in landscape studies, population geography, migration, economic geography and urban processes are possible.

Degree and career options

The programme leads to a Master’s degree in Human Geography.

Through this programme you will develop your skills and competence to do research work, to assess research work and to communicate research work. In parallel you will obtain broad and specialized knowledge in the wide field of Human Geography. This combination of skills and knowledge qualifies the holder to participate in research and development work and to do advanced applied work. There are potential employers both nationally and internationally, often in the public sector but also in private firms. The programme offers an ideal grounding for students wishing to pursue doctoral studies.

Application documentation specific for this programme

Besides the documents required by universityadmissions.se/antagning.se (Including proof of skills in English documented by English B from the Swedish upper secondary education or an internationally recognised test, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS or the equivalent.) we request the following documents with your application for the Master’s Programme in Human Geography (120 credits):

1 Letter of purpose (maximum 1 page).

2 CV were you clearly states the name and main field of study for courses included in your bachelor's degree and the title of your bachelor thesis.

Subject: Human Geography

”Human” in “Human Geography” refers to civilization and society, while “geography” refers to relations of proximity and distance and spatial patterns. Human geography is thus about societies and their spatial patterns and relations. The geographical dimensions may involve local as well as global relations and patterns. The societal issues in human geography concern social, political and economical issues; currently and in an historical perspective. This means that Human Geography is a broad subject with a number of different areas of specialization.

As a student in Human Geography at Stockholm University, you meet leading researchers and teachers in historical geography and landscape studies, migration and population geography, economic geography, gender and planning, GIS and development geography. Within these areas of specialization you will study different ways of living, thinking, planning, travelling and working. You will gain knowledge about global living conditions and work with concepts and methods required to understand relations and patterns. An education in Human Geography includes study tours and excursions, field studies and field work. They may be organized in different ways but share the important core of studying structures and processes in the field.

Our courses provide you with the knowledge and skills to work with a range of different tasks such as housing, economic growth, heritage management, land use, environmental problems, urban and regional planning, social and ethnic segregation, urban and regional development, transport and tourism. Human Geography provides you with an education in the social sciences for work on investigations, analysis, planning and communication. Such jobs may deal with local, national or international questions and relations.

Area of interest: Human, Social and Political Sciences, and Law

Are you interested in human beings and society? How we function individually and together, what drives us, our learning processes, how rules and laws have been established, and how we interact with each other? If that is the case we have a lot to offer.

This area of interest covers anything from Pedagogy, Psychology and Gender Studies, to Statistics, Political Science, Law and many other subjects. Their common denominator is the relation between human beings and society, independent analytical thinking and often an international perspective.

Department responsible for education

Department of Human Geography