PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
Semester 1 (autumn, 30 HECs, core courses)
Globalization, Environment and Social Change, 15 HECs (period A–B)
Global Climate and Environmental Change, 15 HECs (period C–D)
Semester 2 (spring, 30 HECs, core courses)
Urbanization and Environment, 15 HECs (period A–B)
Theory and Method in Globalization, Environment and Social Change, 15 HECs (period C–D)
Semester 3 (autumn, 30 HECs, optional courses)
Courses in the Department of Economic History
Courses in the Department of Physical Geography
Courses in the Department of Human Geography
Semester 4 (spring, 30 HECs, thesis work)
Geography, Degree Project, 30 HECs (Dept of Physical Geography)
Master's Thesis/Essay Course in Economic History, 30 HECs (Dept of Economic History)
Master's Thesis/Essay Course in International Relations, 30 HECs (Dept of Economic History)
Master's Thesis in Geography, 30 HECs (Dept of Human Geography)


The programme combines theory, practice and field work. The teaching in the courses has a strong connection to relevant research, and many teachers have research experience from different continents. Excursions and study visits are important elements, and in the later stages of the programme, internships and field work are encouraged in order to prepare students for life after graduation.

The language of instruction in the programme is English.

Four mandatory courses are given the first year: Globalization, Environment and Social Change, Global Climate and Environmental Change, Urbanization and Environment, Theory and Method in Globalization, Environment and Social Change.

In the second year, students will have the opportunity to tailor their education by choosing 15 credits’ worth of optional courses from the three participating departments and 15 credits of completely optional courses. In addition, in semester 3 it is possible to study optional courses in other universities via an exchange programme run by an academic department or via university-wide agreements. When looking at what courses to take during your third term, it is important that you fulfill the entry requirements to the course.

In the final semester, students will complete an individual degree project worth 30 credits. Through international contacts, primarily in Africa and Asia, there will be opportunities to carry out field work and degree projects abroad.

Degree project

The degree project is on a topic chosen from your main field of study and is the final part of the programme. The field selected depends on choices made within the programme (regardless of your previous Bachelor’s degree). There are three possible main fields of study: Economic History, Geography and International Relations.

Supervision in Economic History is provided by the Department of Economic History. In Geography, the degree project may be carried out at the Department of Human Geography or the Department of Physical Geography (the main field of study is the same regardless of which geography department you are assigned to). International Relations projects are supervised by the Department of Economic History. You will have a principal supervisor from the coordinating department and possibly a second supervisor from another department. Degree project courses for Master’s degrees in the respective main fields of study:

Economic History
Master's Thesis/Essay Course in Economic History, 30 credits

Geography
Master’s Thesis in Geography, 30 credits (Department of Human Geography)
Geography, degree project, 30 credits (Department of Physical Geography)

International Relations
Master's Thesis/Essay Course in International Relations, 30 credits