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Applied Physical Geography and Mountain Research Master's programme

Course outline, qualifications and competences

The master's programme Applied Physical Geography and Mountain Research is intended for graduates of an appropriate bachelor's programme and aims to enhance and to expand their knowledge to enable their specialisation. This programme focusses on teaching theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the fields of geomorphology, climatology and hydrology. The spatial focus of research is on (high) mountain ranges and their forelands. A methodical specialisation focusses on monitoring and modelling environmental processes and geographical technologies. Just as in the bachelor's programme, it is worth emphasising that the master's programme also has an interdisciplinary and integrative character. Students deal with relations between humans and the environment and are able to work on questions of globalisation and their consequences, global change, human resource management, conflicting uses or sustainability in an holistic and interdisciplinary manner. In the course of the programme, students acquire key qualifications and soft skills for their future careers, including the following: the ability to use quantitative and qualitative methods for data acquisition and data collection, methodical and theory-based problem- solving competences in order to recognise complex contexts from an integrative perspective, as well as presentation skills and adequate written and oral expression.

Expected results

Graduates of the master's programme will have acquired specialist knowledge about the natural environment in the field of applied physical geography and high mountain research and will have gained routine in the application of scientific measurements and modelling (land surveys, ground reconnaissance, environmental data, meteorology and hydrology, geographical information systems and remote sensing). With the help of methods and theories, they will be able to resolve environment-related problems independently.


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University degree
Master of Science „MSc“
4 semesters / 120 ECTS-CP
(CP = credit points)
Teaching language
Index number
UB 066 859
Faculty of Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education
type of study programme
Qualification level
Master (2nd study cycle)
Appropriate bachelor’s degree or equivalent


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