M.A. Geography: Culture, Environment and Tourism


Program Description

About the programme

Uniquely in Germany, the accredited M.A. Geography: Culture, Environment and Tourism programme allows you to combine regional studies and tourism research and to specialise in one of five cultural areas, for which you will learn the corresponding foreign language. The degree programme features compulsory courses in Cultural and Environmental Geography as well as in Business and Economics. Furthermore, you will engage in a research project in regional or tourism research and complete a minimum one-month internship abroad. While studying this programme, you will develop the skill set required to tackle complex issues in regional development and tourism through the use of integrative and cross-disciplinary methods. In-depth regional knowledge and extensive intercultural competencies round off the programme profile of this highly practice-oriented programme.


  • A combination of subjects that is unique in Germany
  • Core subjects: cultural and environmental geography; regional science and tourism; management and marketing
  • Specialise in a world region of your choice and learn the corresponding language
  • Make your own research projects part of the programme, focusing on regional studies and tourism

Programme Syllabus

The degree programme consists of three module areas:

1) Core module groups
2) Cultural studies focus module groups
3) Profile module group

A) The core module groups provide you with an overview of discipline-specific core subjects and problems of the relevant sub-areas of geography (Cultural and Environmental Geography, Regional Research and Tourism) as well as of Management and Marketing. These always take a regional focus. At the 'Vor Ort' (German for 'on site') excursions at the start of the programme, students, lecturers and professional guest lecturers engage in personal dialogue to discuss the basic questions of tourism and regional development. You will complete the following three core module groups:

(i) Cultural and Environmental Geography
(ii) Regional Research and Tourism with the 'Vor Ort' excursion

(iii) Management and Marketing

B) You will choose one of the following regional specialisations: the Anglophone world, the Francophone world, the Ibero-Roman area, East-Central Europe or Southeast Asia. Module group B comprises the areas Cultural Area Studies and Foreign Languages.

C) Research-led teaching and research-led learning are the declared aim of the profile modules, in which you receive integrated and interdisciplinary guidance for the conduct of your own regional or tourism research.

The degree programme includes a written thesis on a topic chosen from one of the core module groups Cultural and Environmental Geography or Regional Studies and Tourism or the profile module 'Interdisciplinary Regional and Tourism Studies: Intercultural – International – Regional. Throughout the programme you will accumulate 120 ECTS credits.

Language requirements

You will need German language skills at level C1 CEFR or higher to study this degree programme, as that is the main language of instruction for this programme. Therefore, you will have to provide a recognised German language certificate such as DSH-2 or TestDaF 4×4 with your application, unless German was the language of instruction for your secondary school education (e.g. Abitur at a German international school) or your first undergraduate degree (i.e. a German-taught bachelor's degree programme).

The University of Passau has set up a German language teaching unit, German Courses Passau, which offers a selection of preparatory language programmes tailored to the needs of international students. These range from summer courses to a full academic year and cater to learners of all levels.

In addition, you should have English language skills equivalent to UNIcert® level II or level B2 of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages (CEFR).

Last updated September 2019

About the School

Since opening its doors to the public in 1978, the University of Passau has quickly developed into a first address in German academia. The University regularly attains top positions in academic rankin ... Read More

Since opening its doors to the public in 1978, the University of Passau has quickly developed into a first address in German academia. The University regularly attains top positions in academic rankings, most recently in the TImes Higher Education's 2019 World University Rankings, where it attained a place among the 20% best universities worldwide. Read less