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Course Duration / ECTS4 semesters / 120 ECTS
University degreeMaster of Science (MSc)
Admission Requirements
and Curriculum
· Students must hold a Bachelor’s degree (or comparable
degree) in an equivalent or related field from an
accredited Austrian or foreign institute of higher education.
· Curriculum
Language of instruction GermanProof of language proficiency
Dates and Deadlines· The dates and deadlines change every semester.
· The current deadlines and dates can be found here.
Information on the department
and departmental student representatives
Department of Environment & Biodiversity
Department of Sociology and Human Geography
Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS

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What will I learn?
The MSc course in Geography at the University of Salzburg allows students to specialize in one of the following three main areas: 1. During the specialization in Applied Geomorphology and Alpine Natural Hazards students acquire an understanding of processes and solving competence. Students learn about methods to comprehend and analyse the surface of the earth in the alpine mountains. 2. The specialization in Geographies of Uneven Development – Economic and Social Geography is orientated towards social sciences and focuses on the processes of social and economic uneven development on different levels. 3. The specialization in Urban Ecology and the Management of Ecosystems is an integrative course orientated towards planning, which imparts knowledge of the ecological basics of urban and regional ecosystems, spatial development and spatial development planning. 

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What makes Salzburg so special as a place to study?
The special distinction of the MSc course in Geography at the University of Salzburg is its specialization in one of the offered areas. In each of these areas of specialization, students acquire knowledge about specific mentalities and theories, as well as analytical skills and techniques and problem-solving competences under consideration of gender perspectives. The teaching staff are experienced in conducting research in their respective areas of specialization, as well as nationally and internationally networked. Additional advantages of the MSc course are the strong integration of its students and the excellent student-to-staff ratio.

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Which career opportunities do I have?
A wide range of occupations for MSc graduates in Geography include public administration (e.g., spatial planning, regional management, mobility, environment protection and nature conservation) and science, as well as numerous types of enterprises. Due to their comprehensive education and training, graduates are skilled in the collection and organization of data, analytical evaluation and decision-making processes, the communication of space-related information, and general management.

Postgraduate degree:
Doctoral Programme at the Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences


Prof. Otto

Assoz.-Prof. Dr. Jan-Christoph OTTO
Head of the curriculum committee Geography

Hellbrunnerstr. 34, 5020 Salzburg

Tel.: +43 662 8044-5291

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Christine Radner, BSc
Administration Geography

Hellbrunnerstr. 34, 5020 Salzburg

Tel.: +43 662 8044-5200
Fax.: +43 662 8044-525

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