MSc in Geography and Geoinformatics

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

Program Description

MSc in Geography and Geoinformatics

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

Master of Science (MSc) in Geography and Geoinformatics

An MSc in Geography and Geoinformatics gives you the opportunity to focus your efforts within a specialised field of geography.

The programme is offered in English.

You are offered pre-set "competency tracks" that provide you with research-based competencies geared towards special vocational functions.

You can work in depth with topics such as urban and regional development, globalisation, sustainability, resource management, global environmental and natural processes and applied geoinformatics.

Also, you will learn how to analyse local, national and global issues on an interdisciplinary basis. The programme thus gives you plenty of opportunity to compose your own academic profile.

Profile and Career

The work methods of the programme include classroom teaching, project work and field studies. You will acquire both academic and practical knowledge as well as analytical and methodological qualifications.

The programme gives you a solid foundation for conducting complex analyses of local, national and global problems on an interdisciplinary basis.


Competence Description

  • You will learn which local and global socioeconomic relationships and processes influence urban development and planning, for instance in major European cities.
  • You will gain an understanding of what globalisation means for the Danish labour market and for regional business and industrial development.
  • You will acquire new insights into the causes of migration and changed settlement patterns in developing countries.
  • You will gain an understanding of the relationships between aspects such as climate change, land use and social processes in relation to assessing natural resource management.
  • You will gain an understanding of sediment transportation and deposits of heavy metals in such areas as the Wadden Sea with a view to responsible nature management.
  • You will obtain new insights into soil changes in the Arctic areas, including the earth's binding/release of CO2 in connection with global warming.
  • You will gain an understanding of the globalization of agriculture and agri-industrial processes in developing countries.
  • You will work with certain geography problems of your own choosing.


Career opportunities

Geographers are both generalists, who can think interdisciplinarily and incorporate different perspectives, and specialists, who are experts within one area. This combination of ‘breadth' and ‘depth' means that geographers find employment in many different areas, including:

  • In the private sector, e.g. consulting engineering firms
  • In public administration, e.g. as urban planners, project coordinators, environmental workers, part-time consultants, business development consultants, student and career counsellors or as academic workers in international organisations such as MS Danish Association for International Co-operation and the UN, which includes working in the third world.
  • As consultants for special interest groups
  • As researchers and upper secondary school teachers
  • Programme Structure


You can design your MSc studies in Geography and Geoinformatics in two different ways, depending on whether you choose to write a one-year, a nine-month or a six-month Master's thesis. Further, you can choose to supplement your graduate studies with a commercial project or studies abroad. It is also possible to supplement with courses offered by other departments or universities in Denmark.

As a graduate student doing a 30-ECTS-credit-point thesis:

  • Courses in geography and geoinformatics equalling 60 ECTS credit points
  • Elective courses equalling 30 ECTS credit points
  • Thesis equalling 30 ECTS credit points


As a graduate student doing a 45-ECTS-credit-point thesis:

  • Courses in geography and geoinformatics equalling 45 ECTS credit points
  • Elective courses equalling 30 ECTS credit points
  • Thesis equalling 45 ECTS credit points


As a graduate student doing a 60-ECTS-credit-point thesis:

  • Courses in geography and geoinformatics equalling 30 ECTS credit points
  • Elective courses equalling 30 ECTS credit points
  • Thesis equalling 60 ECTS credit points

Master's thesis project

It is a good idea for you to select a topic for your Master's thesis early in your studies. In this way you can, with the assistance of a professor, select the elective courses that best fit your academic profile.

The thesis is the conclusion of your course of study and gives you the opportunity to do a project in which you work with a scientific problem within your specific fields of interest. The thesis can comprise both text analysis and fieldwork. You may choose a topic that is associated with your supervisor's research projects, or you may work with research enterprises or industry.

 When and how to apply

The application procedure for EU/EEA and Swiss Citizens


  • Make sure to check the admission requirements.
  • Contact SCIENCE Student Service if you have questions.
  • Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist) - Language tests and certified diplomas can be forwarded through the online application portal up until study start.
  • From 1 February to 1 April you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
  • We must receive your application no later than 1 April (Fall Semester).
  • After 1 April application deadline, your application will be evaluated by an academic admissions committee.
  • You will receive a response no later than 15 June.
  • Study start 1 September 2014.

Application Procedure Non-EU/EEA Citizens

  • Make sure to check the programme admission requirements.
  • Contact SCIENCE Student Services if you have questions.
  • Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist). Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • From 15 November to 15 January you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
  • We must receive your application no later than 15 January (Fall Semester).
  • Your application is evaluated by an academic admission committee between 15 January and 15 March: All applicants offered admission will receive an invoice for tuition fees which must be paid by 15 April
  • If admitted, you will receive your letter of admission after we have received your tuition fee payment.
  • 1 May is the deadline for applying for your residence permit.


Checklist for Documentation

In order to make sure we have all the information needed to evaluate your past achievements and future potential, you are required to submit the following items:

  • An original or certified copy* of your academic transcript from your Bachelor degree. If the transcript is in a language other than English or a Scandinavian language, please include an official English translation.
  • A certified copy* of your Bachelor diploma. If you are yet to receive your diploma, please provide a letter from your university stating the date when the diploma will be issued.
  • Course descriptions of courses undertaken in your Bachelor degree relevant to the programme you are applying for. These can be in the form of photocopies from your university's academic handbook/course lists or print-outs from the university's website. They should describe what was required of you to complete the courses, what was studied and hours of study. These course descriptions allow us to understand exactly what you have studied in your prior degree, and help us to determine whether you meet the requirements and are eligible for the MSc degree at the Faculty of Science.
  • An updated version of your C.V. (curriculum vitae)/résumé A photo is not necessary.
  • A photocopy of your passport. Should you have more than one passport (citizenship) please copy the passport with which you will use to travel to Denmark. NB: You must use your EU/EEA passport should you wish to be given a tuition fee waiver.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (not applicable to native English speakers) 1) Acceptable TOEFL/IELTS exam results (these test results should be sent to us separately from the test centre upon your request) OR 2) Proof that English was the language of instruction in your prior education. See more information on the language requirements.

* An official certified copy is a copy of an original document that has been certified as a true and correct copy by a person who is authorised to witness a statutory declaration. Official certified copies are usually a photocopy of the original document stamped, signed and verified by an official in your country. Each country varies in whom is qualified to certify documents, however generally speaking your university, lawyers and embassies can certify documents for you, so that we can verify that what we have is a true replica of the original (and therefore determine if you are eligible for the MSc with us).


Please note that when you apply for admission through the digital application system, you are responsible for including and uploading all relevant documents listed in the application package as described above. If you do not have the necessary documentation at time of application you must instead upload an explanation. You can not continue the application process, if you fail to upload information when the application system requires it.

Please note that if you are admitted to an MSc programme at SCIENCE, you may be requested to present your original diploma and transcript at your arrival in Denmark. This will allow us to verify the documents.

If you have already applied digitally, you can always log on to the system and check up on the status of where in the application process your application currently is. Once your application is processed, you will also receive messages regarding your application through the online application system.

Application deadlines

  • EU/ EEA/Swiss applicants:   


1 April 2014 for admission 1 September 2014

  • Non EU/ EEA applicants:   


15 January 2014 for admission 1 September 2014

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
Duration
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2 years
Full time
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Start date Sept. 2016
Place
Denmark Copenhagen
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Duration 2 years
Price - No tuition fee - EU/EEA