This programme aims at deepening and broadening the student’s knowledge of different fields in Human Geography.

Human Geography is the discipline about society and its geography. A geographical perspective involves considering relations of proximity and distance and to explore geographical patterns. There is a strong tradition in Human Geography research work to study societal matters in different places and regions in the world. This discipline is a framework to pursue broad studies and it gives opportunities to specialize in deep and detailed studies.

The research in the Department of Human Geography concentrates on three research profiles: The Stockholm Urban and Regional Research Environment (SURE)Historical Geography and Landscape Studies, and Population Geography, Migration and GIS.







Rural landscape

Rural landscape

Why choose the Master's Programme in Human Geography at Stockholm University?

  • High quality programme in close connection to front line research and to society.
  • Programme preparing for professional careers as well as for studies at the doctoral level.
  • Many aspects of human geography are dealt with in the programme, rural, urban; past and present using qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • The programme is flexible and you can build your own syllabus from a range of courses and create a tailor-made two years.
  • Supervisors for the master theses are leading researchers in human geography.
  • Applied and field studies are part of virtually every course.
  • High ranked, healthy founded and well operated university.
  • Good campus facilities including libraries, GIS laboratories and places for team work and individual studies.
  • Campus situated in the green, safe and beautiful City of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.
  • Informal atmosphere between students and faculty.


MHG involve the acquisition of specialist knowledge, competence and skills in relation to the first cycle (bachelor), and in addition to the requirements for the first cycle the programme:

  • further develop the ability of students to integrate and make autonomous use of their knowledge,
  • develop the students' ability to deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, and
  • develop the students' potential for professional activities that demand considerable autonomy, or for research and development work.

The contents of the programme can be designed according to your interest. Specializations in landscape studies, population geography, migration, economic geography and urban processes are possible. The programme offers possibilities for field studies.

Core courses:

In addition to the totally 60 credits of specified mandatory courses there are 45 credits of optional courses specialised in human geography, and 15 credits of completely optional courses. 

In the student study plan individual preferences can be met by optional courses in the Department of Human Geography or other Stockholm University departments. One semester can be spent at one of our partner universities abroad.

Degree and career options

The programme leads to a Master’s degree in Human Geography.

Through this programme you will develop your skills and competence to do research work, to assess research work and to communicate research work. In parallel you will obtain broad and specialized knowledge in the wide field of Human Geography. This combination of skills and knowledge qualifies the holder to participate in research and development work and to do advanced applied work.

There are potential employers both nationally and internationally, often in the public sector but also in private firms.

The programme offers an ideal grounding for students wishing to pursue a Doctorate in Human Geography.

Application procedure

You apply at or Application deadline is in mid-January (residence outside of the EU and EEA) or mid-April (residence within the EU and EEA) with course start in the Autumn Semester (late August or early September). For details please go to application.

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens are not required to pay tuition fees. The are scholarships for especially qualified students coming from countries outside of the EU, the EEA and Switzerland and scholarships targeting highly-qualified students from specific countries.

Urban landscape
Urban landscape

Basic facts

Programme Director Associate Professor Karen Haandrikman
Name in English Master's Programme in Human Geography
Name in Swedish Masterprogram i kulturgeografi
Abbreviation MHG
Programme code SKULO
Main field of study Human Geography
Language of instruction English
Credits 120 higher education credits
Pace percentage 100%, i.e. full-time
Delivery mode On campus
Study period Two academic years
Course start Autumn Semester, starting in late August or early September
Number of students 5–10 (accepted yearly; approximately)
Entrance requirements Bachelor degree incl. at least 90 HECs in human geography, geography, urban and regional planning or equivalent, and English B (from the Swedish upper secondary education or equal).
Selection The selection is done by merit rating on grades of your previous courses, grade of bachelor thesis and letter of purpose. See application for this programme for details. 
Application See application for this programme and the University course catalogue.


If you have questions or need more information on the application procedure, programme content or practical details concerning your studies at Stockholm University, please do not hesitate to contact Study Counsellor Veronica Hohl.