Geography (Master)

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The general objective of the master’s programme in Geography is to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills and competences from the area of theoretical and applied human geography, physical geography and regional analysis, preparing them for future employment in relevant occupational fields and for a doctoral programme in the field. To achieve this objective, students specialise in specific subject areas. They have the opportunity to complete occupation-oriented specialisations in the area of geomorphology and natural hazards research, geoecology and quaternary research, social and economic geography, as well as population and urban research, or a focus on the European or Asian region.

Master of Arts bzw. Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 855

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

It consists of compulsory modules on the following range of subject areas: European urban studies, urban social geography, urban sociology, urban economic geography, urban analysis, demography of European cities, principles of urban planning and urbanism, contemporary problems in urban development, urban development and planning in Eastern Europe, urbanism and architecture, urban culture and cultural theory, sustainable and liveable cities, and governance and local welfare. To complete the programme, students have to write a master’s thesis and pass a master’s examination.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Urban research
  • Quaternary research
  • Economic geography
  • Geomorphology
  • Assessment of natural hazards

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates can pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

  • work for companies in the area of laboratory analysis, surveying, evaluation and representation of results
  • work for companies in the area of environmental consulting, natural hazards and risk assessments, and resource management
  • publishing sector, mass media and communication, planning services at municipal and state level (e.g. city, regional and state planning, regional development)
  • regional marketing and management, geomarketing, city and municipal marketing, tourism planning and management, traffic planning and development research as well as development cooperation
  • statistical services, military geography
  • university departments (e.g. departments of geography) and other research institutions.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).