Master of Geography

Course content

Geographical knowledge and ideas are used in a wide range of applied and policy disciplines such as nature conservation, environmental reporting, global change study, development, spatial planning and urban planning, regional development, administrative organization ...

The research field of geography is very broad and includes all objects, processes and changes, both natural and anthropogenic, of the objects and processes occurring on the Earth surface. The discipline is essentially interdisciplinary and relies on a broader human and scientific basis. Different geographic technologies addressed in the Master of Geography, such as GIS, remote sensing and cartography are found in many disciplines of the knowledge society and have become indispensable in a large part of the business world.

The Geography department has the following research clusters: socio-economic, regional and political landscape, physical geography and geo-archaeology, cartography, geographic information systems and remote-sensing topography.

  • The cluster socio-economic geography is active in fields such as world systems analysis, population geography, political geography, location theory research, transport geography and spatial datagaring and modeling.
  • Landscape science combines different research disciplines such as landscape history, landscape ecology, landscape planning and management, landscape architecture, land classification and evaluation.
  • Besides regional geomorphology in Belgium and in different continents, the cluster physical geography applies the techniques and methods of observation and explanation of the physical geography of archaeological sites.
  • The research in remote sensing and photogrammetry is closely related to questions from archeology. In the domain of image processing of aerial and satellite images, particular attention is paid to the geometrical correction (restitution) of digital images.
  • Research in cartography and GIS includes a wide range of topics, such as objective quality definition, spatial-temporal modeling and algorithms, network analysis, algorithms and 3D visualization, but also includes an applied scientific component, including policy support.

The members of the department work together with or are actively involved in various initiatives of international and national scientific or professional organizations, such as EARSeL, ICA, UNESCO World Heritage Program. Their activities extend far beyond the borders of Belgium from Siberia to DR Congo, from China to Egypt, from Zimbabwe to Greece ... The specializations offered in the training connect closely with all these research areas.

Course structure

The specializations are reflected by the majors. There is a master dissertation of 30 credits.

Career perspectives


Masters in Geography are valued on the labor market, at home and abroad, because of their broad scientific education and their strong time-spatial thinking. They are opportunities in many areas of employment, both in education, public and private sector. Geographers are found as researchers at various institutions (universities, NGI, KMI, NIS), but many geographers are engaged in applied scientific activities in the energy sector, environmental sector, the urban and spatial planning (regional development, urban renewal), various public services (public works, transport and mobility, economic affairs), intermunicipal, publishing, tourism, distribution, information technology, banking, insurance, or international organizations. The area of geographic information management offers significant new opportunities (AGIV, municipalities, engineering).

Admission requirements


  • For non-Flemish degrees:

the course is open to students with at least a Bachelor degree in the field of geography with minimum 180 credits.

  • For Flemish degrees:

the list of degrees giving access to this master can be consulted in the online course catalogue.


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