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Economic Geography (M.A.)

Economic Geography (M.A.)

The teaching in the programme leading to a Master of Arts in Economic Geography focuses on the regional development in countries at different stages of development. You will learn to use your theoretical knowledge to explain the spatial structures of the economy, empirically investigate regional development processes and draw up sound strategies for implementing regional policy. The regional focuses of the Institute are Germany, the EU, North America, South-East Asia, China and Japan.

The Master's programme has four key thematic specialisations, which currently play a major role in the practical implementation and the scientific debate and in which the Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography has gained an international reputation: globalisation and regionalisation / entrepreneurship and enterprise creation/ knowledge and innovation / economic development and policy desig.

  • Key thematic specialisations

    Globalisation and regionalisation:
    In a globally networked world, why are businesses and the labour force concentrated at certain locations?

    Entrepreneurship and enterprise creation:
    Which factors determine business start-up activity and what impact do they have on the regional economy?

    Knowledge and innovation:
    What role do knowledge and innovation play in regional economic growth?

    Economic development and policy design: Which strategies and instruments can be used to achieve social economic policy goals such as growth and development?

  • Course profile
    • Topical issues of practical relevance which are at the heart of the academic, business and economic policy debate,
    • Courses by lecturers who research and publish on topical issues in one of the largest departments of economic geography in Germany,
    • Classes by external instructors who work with you to explore the relevance and implementation of economic geography issues from a practical perspective,
    • Individual supervision and specialisation through small group teaching, internships interwoven into the taught courses and involvement in research projects,
    • Sound training in quantitative and qualitative research methods which provides you with the skills needed to work independently on academic research issues and on the job,
    • Work with the latest (usually freely available) software which is of relevance for your employment prospects,
    • Advanced courses from the fields of economics and business administration can be taken as your minor,
    • International orientation provided by a semester or an internship abroad and regular lectures by visiting international academics and
    • Excellent employment prospects (substantiated by regular surveys of alumni) thanks to practically oriented training and our active alumni network.
  • Admission requirements

    Places are limited to 25 per year. Students must already have studied a certain amount of economic geography and economics during their Bachelor programme (geography, economics or related disciplines).

    Detailed information

  • Programme objectives

    Graduates of the Master's programme are trained to hold positions of responsibility and exercise managerial functions in institutions and companies or to continue along an academic career path.

    Students are equipped with the skills needed to analyse, explain and assess individual economic and overall economic structural and developmental problems from an economic geography point of view. Students develop a theoretically sound and practically sophisticated view of spatial economic objectives, suitable analytical concepts and political measures.

    They acquire key competences especially in relation to methodology and the ability to process complex issues of economic geography in a logical and consistent way. This includes the ability to apply scientific methods to deal with fundamental and application-oriented issues, and use team work and presentations in the process.

This programme requires German language proficiency.

This degree programme's language of instruction is German. Details of the degree course are available only in German.