Core elective modules MSc in Geography

The following core elective modules can be chosen as core elective modules (totally 5 modules at 6 ECTS).
Depending on the choice of modules, it is possible to achieve a general Master's degree in Geography or a Master's in Geography with an emphasis on one of the four Thematic Subject Areas. For more details, see Guidelines Master in Geography and the University's course book.

Physical Geography

Module ID Title Language ECTS Term
GEO 411 Field studies on high mountain processes English 6 Spring
GEO 463 Soil Science I English 6 Fall
GEO 419 Soil Science II English 6 Spring
GEO 412 Soil Science III English 6 Spring
GEO 413 Quantification and modelling of the Cryosphere English 6 Spring / Fall
GEO 415 Cryosphere English 6 Spring
GEO 417 Environmental archives and age determination English 6 Spring / Fall
GEO 418 Atmosphere and Climate English


Spring / Fall
GEO 471 Hydrological field measurements and calculations English 6 Spring
GEO 475 Hydrological Modelling and Programming English 6 Fall

Human Geography

Module ID Title Language ECTS Term
GEO 421 Development Studies English 6 Fall
GEO 422 Qualitative Methodologies and Methods in Human Geography English 6 Spring
GEO 423 Political Geography English 6


GEO 424 Environment in History English 6 Spring
GEO 425 Political Ecology English 6 Fall
GEO 431 Regional and urban development German 6 Fall
GEO 432 Gender, Work and Space English 6 Fall
GEO 433 Global Economic Geographies of Agriculture and Food Systems English 6 Spring

Remote Sensing

Module ID Title Language ECTS Term
GEO 441 Remote Sensing A: Seminar English 6 Spring
GEO 442 Remote Sensing: Spectroscopy of the Earth System English 6 Fall
GEO 443 Remote Sensing: SAR and LIDAR English 6 Fall


In the field of GIScience, any two modules at 3 ECTS Credits can be combined to one core elective module (Vertiefungsblock).

Module ID Title Language ECTS Term
GEO 871 Retrieving Geographic Information English 3 Fall
GEO 872 Advanced Spatial Analysis I English 3 Fall
GEO 881 Advanced Spatial Analysis II English 3 Spring
GEO 873 Cognitive Issues in GIScience English 3 Fall
GEO 874 Introduction to Databases English 3 Fall
GEO 875 Spatial Databases English 3 Fall
GEO 876 Introduction to Programming for Spatial Problems English 3 Spring
GEO 877 Spatial Algorithms English 3 Spring
GEO 878 Geovisualization English 3 Spring
GEO 879 3D Geovisualization: Perception, Modeling and User Experience English 3 Fall
GEO 880 Computational Movement Analysis English 3


GEO 883

Interactive Information Visualization

English 3 Fall
GEO 884 Location-based Services English 3 Spring