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Master's Programme in Human Geography

The programme deals with the world, its peoples, their communities and cultures, and studies their relations, where space and place are central concepts. Students can specialize in research fields such as landscape studies, population geography, migration, economic geography and urban processes.

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.

The research in the Department of Human Geography concentrates on three research profiles: The Stockholm Urban and Regional Research Environment (SURE), Historical Geography and Landscape Studies, The Population Geography Resarch Group, and Urban Africa.

  • Programme overview

    The programme involve the acquisition of specialist knowledge, competence and skills in relation to the first cycle (bachelor), and in addition to the requirements for the first cycle the programme:

    • further develop the ability of students to integrate and make autonomous use of their knowledge
    • develop the students' ability to deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, and
    • develop the students' potential for professional activities that demand considerable autonomy, or for research and development work

    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. The programme offers possibilities for field studies.

    Year 1

    The first semester include two core courses which also are compulsary:

    Space and Society – Theoretical Approaches in Human Geography, 15 credits

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

    Master's Thesis in Human Geography, 30 credits

    In addition to the first 30 HECs of specified mandatory courses, the second and third semester consists of 45 credits of optional courses specialised in urban and regional planning, and 15 HECs of free courses. 

    In the student study plan individual preferences can be met by optional courses in human geography.

    Exchange studies is possible at one of our partner universities abroad.

    Year 2

    In the third semester you can continue with optional courses or exchange studies (read year 1).

    The fourth semster consists of the compulsary exam course:

    Master Thesis in Human Geography, 30 HECs

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    Learning objectives

    After completion of the programme, students are expected to be able to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding in human geography, including both a broad proficiency in the discipline and important specialized knowledge in certain parts of the discipline, plus detailed insight into current scholarship.
    • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of methods in human geography
    • Demonstrate an ability to systematically but critically integrate knowledge and to analyse, evaluate and manage complex phenomena, research questions and situations even with limited information.
    • Demonstrate an ability to creatively, independently, and critically identify and formulate research questions; to plan and carry out relevant tasks with appropriate methods within a given time-frame, thereby contributing to the advancement of the discipline; and to evaluate this work.
    • Demonstrate an ability to describe and discuss – orally and in writing, in national and international contexts, and in dialogue with different groups – one’s conclusions and the knowledge and arguments that are the basis for these conclusions.
    • Demonstrate the necessary competence that is required to be able to participate in research and development (R & D) or to work independently in other relevant activities.
    • Demonstrate an ability to evaluate the relevant academic, social and ethical aspects related to differentquestions and topics in human geography, and demonstrate an awareness of the ethical aspects of R & D
    • Demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limits of research, its roll in society and people’s responsibility for how research is used
    • Demonstrate an ability to identify one’s needs for additional knowledge and to take responsibility for one’sown learning

    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 a Doctorate in Human Geography.

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