Economic Geography (M.A.)

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Global processes such as environmental change, migration and the digitalization of the economy are presenting humanity with major challenges. At the same time, these developments unfold differently across regions and lead to profound social as well as economic inequalities. The master's programme in economic geography addresses these regional differences, investigates their causes and examines their consequences from different perspectives. In order to understand the complex interrelationships and to develop solutions, the master's programme combines interdisciplinary approaches from geography, economics and social sciences and also offers a sound education in modern methods for research and practice.

  • Thematic focus areas

    Global environmental change and sustainable development
    How do households and businesses respond to structural change in a globalized economy affected by global environmental change?
    To what extent can new technologies and innovations contribute to sustainable development?

    Entrepreneurship and business start-ups
    Which determinants determine start-up activities and which regional economic effects do they have?
    To what extent are start-up activities conditioned by the regional context?

    Knowledge and innovation
    How do new technologies and innovations emerge?
    What regional patterns exist in knowledge and innovation emergence and why are innovative firms regionally concentrated?

    Digitalization and mobility
    What are the effects of digitization on regional disparities and on companies' location requirements?
    How will transportation services of the future change how people move around the region and how can everyone benefit?

    Economic development and policy design
    Which strategies and instruments can be used to achieve spatial economic policy goals?
    What role do digitalization, environmental protection and innovation play in spatial economic policy?

  • Study profile
    • Close linking of economic geography and economic sciences
    • Course content with current research questions relevant to practice
    • High professional quality of the courses
    • Small working groups and familiar atmosphere
    • Excellent supervision by the lecturers
    • Semester or internship abroad
    • Involvement of external lecturers from abroad and from practice
    • Diverse and excellent career prospects in areas such as location analysis, project management, regional development and economic development
  • Admission requirements

    This Master's programme is limited to 25 students per year. In the preceding Bachelor's degree programme (geography, economics or related disciplines), economic geography and economics content must have been studied to a certain extent. Applicants who neither have a German higher education entrance qualification nor have obtained their Bachelor's degree at a German higher education institution must also have sufficient knowledge of the German language at the language level C1 CEFR.

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  • Goals of qualification

    Educational objective: Qualification for professional activity in the fields of project management, location and market analysis, regional development, economic development and research, among others.

    Graduates of the master in economic geography…

    • are able to work independently and in a structured manner on economic geographic issues
    • have in-depth knowledge of spatial relationships
    • have specific knowledge in the fields of innovation, regional development, foundation and economic policy, among others
    • are proficient in analytical methods with which they can describe, interpret and evaluate interrelationships
    • use modern data science methods (GIS, R, ...) for the processing of questions
    • are trained in presentation and lecture techniques
    • have experience in project work and are team players.
  • Study experiences

    Jana: "I particularly liked the international orientation of the master's in economic geography at the University of Hannover. The free choice of modules abroad is convenient for an individual orientation of the studies and is a real added value. Also in the minor subject, where you can choose between BWL and VWL, there are opportunities to deepen your own interests."

    Jan: "In the master's programme in economic geography in Hannover, you don't just learn theory, but above all how to link it to a wide variety of methods and derive recommendations for action in practice. Since I didn't want to go into research, I sometimes wondered during my studies what the strong focus on methods was for. After two years of work experience, however, I have not regretted it. The way of thinking and approaching problems that I learned has helped me consistently in my job. Due to the small number of students in the master's programme, we have developed a great group dynamic despite a diverse range of disciplines in the respective bachelor degrees. I still feel very connected to economic geography and am therefore also active in the Association for the Promotion of Economic Geography in Hannover."

    Matthias: "From 2014 to 2016, I studied the master's degree in economic geography at Leibniz Universität Hannover. From the beginning, I was impressed by the small learning groups, which enabled an intensive treatment of the learning content. From this learning content, I can apply the practical GIS content in particular to my everyday professional life. Also, the learned systematic analysis of large amounts of data has proven to be an advantage for me."

  • 10 reasons to study Economic Geography in Hannover
    • Sound preparation for professional life: According to the results of a teaching evaluation, geography education in Hannover "remains a benchmark in Germany."
    • The top position in teaching is also the result of successful research. In the evaluation report of the Scientific Commission of Lower Saxony (WKN) on research, the Economic Geography working group is given the best possible grade of "outstanding".
    • According to the publication and citation ranking "ZitArt", the economic geographers from Hanover publish particularly frequently in renowned foreign journals.
    • The course offerings cover the issues of modern geography, including innovation - start-ups and economic growth - geographic information systems - global environmental change - poverty reduction in developing countries - demographic change and digital transformation - urban development processes and social cohesion - mobility.
    • Those who are drawn to the wider world will find excellent exchange universities through the Erasmus programme as well as at other partner universities in America and Asia!
    • Varied teaching methods combine teaching content with current practice-relevant issues and participation in research projects, which are developed in small working groups under intensive supervision by the lecturers. Numerous external lecturers from abroad and from practice are also involved in this process.
    • In addition, twice a year internationally renowned professors give a one-week seminar at the institute - within the module of the "International Seminar in Economic Geography" (ISEG).
    • There are many exciting opportunities after studying geography in Hannover: Geographers from Hannover have recently opened up a variety of new jobs in policy-related fields and especially in the private sector. For economic geography, for example, the excellent career opportunities are documented by regular graduate surveys.
    • Those who find economic geography appealing during their bachelor's studies can follow up with the prestigious M. A. Economic Geography at our institute.
    • For many who discover their interest in research, we offer the possibility of doctoral studies in both economic and cultural geography.
In cooperation with the University of Groningen: double degree programme in economic geography

Course structure

From the winter semester 2022/2023 onwards, the Master in Economic Geography can be studied either exclusively at LUH (Home Track) or as a double degree programme at the University of Hannover and the University of Groningen. 65 credit points will be awarded in Hanover, and 55 in Groningen.

Completing your degree and career prospects

Options after graduation

Completing your degree and career prospects

  • Master thesis

    The topic of the Master's thesis is usually worked out together with the first examiner. The duration of the thesis is five months. Further information on the Master's thesis [in German]

  • Career prospects and fields of employment

    Graduate survey of the institute [only in German]:

    Die Berufsperspektiven der Alumni bestätigen, dass Absolventinnen und Absolventen des Masters Wirtschaftsgeographie aus Hannover hervorragende Berufsperspektiven in den unterschiedlichsten Gebieten haben – sowohl im öffentlichen Bereich als auch in der Privatwirtschaft. Zu den Tätigkeitsfeldern gehören unter anderem:

    • Projektleitung und -entwicklung
    • Wirtschaftsförderung    
    • Forschung    
    • Consulting
    • Standortplanung
    • Stadt-, Regional- und Umweltplanung
    • Statistik, Erhebungen
    • Software, GIS, IT

    Zudem zeigt die regelmäßige Befragung, dass sie sich aufgrund ihrer komparativen Stärken gegen andere Absolventen durchsetzen können. Ein studienbegleitendes Pflichtpraktikum und ein aktives Alumni-Netzwerk fördern die Wettbewerbsfähigkeit der Absolventen und erleichtern den Einstieg ins Berufsleben. Einzigartig für den Wirtschaftsgeographie-Standort Hannover ist der aktive Alumniverein WiGeoH, den es seit 2016 gibt, und der regelmäßig Berufsinformationsveranstaltungen für Studierende anbietet.

  • Career fair (Institut of Economic and Cultural Geography)

    In the job exchange of the institute you will find job offers, internships and student jobs:

    Praktikums-, Job- und Stellenbörse

Formalities and regulations

The regulations appertaining to the organisation and administration of a degree programme and its examinations are described and laid down so as to be legally binding in the examination regulations (PO). They regulate the examination requirements and the procedure to be followed. They specify which modules involve examinations and course work as well as the number and type of examinations.
They also contain stipulations on the time allowed to prepare final theses. The examination regulations lay down which information has to be provided when registering for an exam; whether documentary proof has to be submitted and if so, what is needed; the time frame for holding repeat examinations, and what the procedure is when examinations are missed.

Programme coordination and academic advice

Programme coordination

Dr. Angela Imhoff-Daniel
Schneiderberg 50
30167 Hannover
Dr. Angela Imhoff-Daniel
Schneiderberg 50
30167 Hannover

Course advisor (temporary)

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ingo Liefner
Schneiderberg 50
30167 Hannover
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ingo Liefner
Schneiderberg 50
30167 Hannover
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