MA in Human Geography: Globalization, Media and Culture


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Program Description



The focus of our M.A. program “Human Geography: Globalisation, Media, and Culture” lies on the re-negotiation of the (power) relation between space, society, and culture in the current era of late post-modern globalization. Specific emphasis is on the questions: How are these new or transformed relations medially conveyed? Which socio-cultural challenges are raised by this? How can these problems be addressed politically?

Media-sensitive cultural geography is key in times when digital technologies permeate all spheres of our life and substantially change our communication and “geo-positioning” in the world. Communication equipment continues to be miniaturized and mobilized. Furthermore, we are experiencing a huge surge in mapping and geo-coded positioning. Thus, a new form of geographical awareness is arising, meaning we are set out on an entirely renewed interest in space, regions, and places. The geographical media content of the program is, therefore, devoted to analyzing newly arranged global geographies.

The active use of relevant media technique represents a unique element in our Master of Arts program. Our students complement their interdisciplinary academic qualification from their Bachelor-studies with versatile and innovative academic skills. Our modules also encompass a broad range of applied learning methods, including own production of short films, podcasts, and blogs. Our research workshop provides you with profound knowledge of scientific theory-based research and sound training in comprehensive empirical fieldwork.

Our program is entirely taught in English.

Program Structure

The Master program contains the following eight modules:


International Focus

We offer you the opportunity to discover with us exciting phenomena of an entangled globalized world in an international academic context: Our research-led teaching solely in the English language focuses on international topics. International experts lecture on their current research as part of our weekly lecture series and international scientists regularly complement the courses as visiting scholars at the Institute of Geography.

We encourage our students to go abroad to gain international study and research experience inside and outside of the university context. Our study program consists of two modules that will enable you to spend time abroad: First, we offer a Research Workshop (2nd semester) that takes you to regions all over the world and provides the opportunity to participate in exciting research projects. Second, you have the chance to spend your 3rd semester abroad (e.g. with the European Erasmus program or self-organized) or to do a vocational internship. We can support you with contacts to many universities worldwide we cooperate within research – e.g. NUS Singapore, University of Arizona/ Tucson & University of Texas/Austin (USA), American University of Beirut (Lebanon), GUtech Muscat (Oman), Kuwait University (Kuwait), Melbourne University (Australia), Université Cadi Ayyad Marrakech (Morocco), etc.

Career Prospects

The Human Geography Master program “Globalisation, Media, and Culture” prepares you for a career in a wide range of job opportunities, including:

  • Civil service: Public relations; business development; research; universities; municipalities.
  • Private sector: Public relations; market/opinion research; project manager in the media sector; consulting, e.g. municipal consultants, regional consultants; specialist publishers.

Mainz is well known as media city and our campus is located in a lively environment close to major media companies.

Admission Requirements

Join us in Mainz for your master studies if you are interested in a scientifically-founded, critically-reflected culture- and media-geographic education! All you need is a Bachelor degree in a social or cultural science discipline and a great curiosity to explore the world through the lenses of Human, Cultural and Media Geography.

Applicants need proof of required English skills (e.g. TOEFL with at least 213 points/ IELTS with at least 5.5 points/ TELC English B2 or comparable).

Duration and Price

  • Application:
  • Further Information on required documents for the application:
  • Registration Deadline: May 15th, 2019
  • Start Date: October 2019
  • Duration: 4 semesters, full-time
  • Price: approximately €350 administration fee per semester (including free public transport)
  • Additionally, there will be costs for the research workshop (approximately €1000)


Elisabeth Sommerlad (Academic Advisor Master of Arts)

Institute of Geography/ Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz


Phone: +49 6131-39 22162

Further Information

Last updated June 2019

About the School

With around 31,500 students from over 120 nations, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is one of the largest and most diverse universities in Germany. JGU unites almost all academic disciplines ... Read More

With around 31,500 students from over 120 nations, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is one of the largest and most diverse universities in Germany. JGU unites almost all academic disciplines under one roof with its University Medical Center, the Mainz Academy of Fine Arts, the Mainz School of Music, and the Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics and Cultural Studies in Germersheim. In over 150 institutes and clinics, 4,400 academics, 560 of whom are professors, teach and carry out research. With 75 fields of study and more than 260-degree courses, JGU offers an extraordinarily broad range of courses. Read less
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