Applied Geography M.Sc.


Key Info

Basic Information

Master of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
4 semesters
ECTS Credits:
120Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.


Admission Requirements

  • First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    A first recognized university degree, through which the necessary education background for the Master course of study can be proven. The necessary knowledge needed in order for studies to be successful is determined in the respective exam regulations (PO).

  • Proficiency in German --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.

Admission to First Semester

NC for WS 2023

Admission to Higher Semesters


Dates and Deadlines


Knowlege acquired in the Bachelor course of study is advanced in the Master course of study. There are multiple concentration possibilities. Students can create an individual career oriented academic profile, according to the selection of modules in the subject geography, the selection of the minor, and the selection of supplementary modules from other RWTH specific subjects


Degree Content

The course of study offers various specialization possibilities:

Elective Modules:

  • Applied Urban Geography
  • Landscape System Analysis
  • Applied Climatology and Modelling
  • Remote Sensing (upon request)
  • Alternatively: Substitution of one of the modules with an economic geography module
  • and mandatory methods and excursion modules

Areas of :

2 modules are chosen:

  • Remote Sensing
  • Geodesy (Surveying)
  • Management of Polluted Areas
  • Quality and Water Management Systems
  • Accounting
  • Resource Geology
  • Special Geoecology: Earth and Water
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Environmental Management
  • Administrative Law and Municipal Management
  • Economics

Students must also complete an professional internship during their studies and complete a Master's thesis in the last semester.


can be chosen from a number of neighboring disciplines: Waste Management and Environmental Technology, Business Administration, Biology, Geology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Raw Material Supply from Industrial Countries, Urban Water and Waste Management, Urban Planning, Transport and Spacial Planing, Economics... The selection varies depending on the course of study.

Detailed information is also available on the faculty website.



The prerequisite for admission to the program is an initial university degree. The required academic background is described in the exam regulations. The determination on whether or not the admissions requirements are met is made by the examination board.


Career Prospects

Career fields are numerous and the occupational outlook is high due to the practical and quantitative orientation of the course of study. Graduates are active both domestically and abroad in the following fields:

  • Companies in private industry:
    Site management, marketing, coordination activities, PR activities, controlling, consulting, editorial office activities, IT managment, media companies, environmental protection/consulting, telecommunications, city management, real estate, finance, traffic management, cross-border coordination, EU-oriented consulting responsibilities, tourism, and recreation
  • Public administration:
    Spatial and urban planning, regional development and management, environmental management, nature conservation planning, neighborhood and city management, economic promotion, GIS supported planning and coordination activities, development assistance,international authorities
  • Self-employment:
    The vocational qualification offers good possibilities for under taking self-employment activities, e.g. in consulting offices or service enterprises as an external contractor for the professional fields listed above.

Module Handbook and Examination Regulations

The module handbook provides a description of all modules of a degree program and offers a comprehensive insight into the program contents.

The examination regulations are comprised of legally binding provisions on learning objectives, prerequisites for study, the course structure and processes, and examination procedures.

Regulations that generally apply to all Bachelor's and Master's degree programs, including information on language proficiency requirements, can be found in RWTH's General Examination Regulations. These general regulations are further specified and complemented by the subject-specific examination regulations.

If two examination regulations are valid for a degree program during a transition phase, the most current version shall apply to students enrolling in the program for the first time.

Please note that only the German examination regulations are legally binding.

Module Handbook
Subject Specific Examination Regulations
RWTH's General Examination Regulations


Division and Faculty

The Master course of study in Applied Geography is offered by the Division of Earth Sciences and Geography in the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering.