This Master’s programme in Geography provides students with robust theoretical knowledge and methodological skills to understand and act upon crucial contemporary environmental and social issues

Students participate in a common module providing them with conceptual and theoretical grounding in the discipline and specialize either in human or physical geography by choosing one of the following options: Nature, Society and Politics or Dynamics in Glaciology and Geomorphology.
 

                                       
   

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Dynamics in glaciology and geomorphology

This option focuses on the study of the physical processes in the Alpine Cryosphere, mountain geomorphology, natural hazards and land-atmosphere interactions in the context of a changing climate. Current research topics include the monitoring of glaciers and permafrost, rockglacier and glacier dynamics, modelling of frozen ground and sediment transfer.

We provide courses on:

• Alpine cryosphere
• Modelling of glaciers and permafrost
• Applied geophysical methods
• Climatology
• Mountain geomorphology
• Field courses (excursions)

 Our regional expertise includes the Alps, Scandinavia, polar regions, India, the Andes and Central Asia.

 

Nature, Society and Politics

This option builds on the theories, debates and methods of human geography to critically examine the ways in which nature and society interact through the lens of power, knowledge and politics. It draws from our expertise in political ecology, environmental history, urban socionatures, forced migration and environmental change. Current research topics range from urban agriculture to water management, through land tenure systems and neighborhood images.

We provide courses on:

• New approaches in human geography
• Social theories
• Political ecology
• Environmental history
• Global change, development and ethics
• Environmental social methods

 Our regional expertise includes Central Asia, Western and Southern Africa, Oceania, Europe and Switzerland.

 

Pratical information

Precondition for admission: Bachelor in Geography or another grade juged as equivalent by the Faculty of Science. Premaster studies or complements might be requested.

  • Degree: Master of Science
  • ECTS: 120 credits
  • Language: English  
  • Duration: 4 semesters (fulltime studies)
  • Start: Autumn (September) or Spring (February) semester.
  • Official course programme of the University of Fribourg: gestens
  • Directives and Study planenglish
  • Admission and Registration : english

 

Timetable

Indicative timetable (under reserve of modification) for master courses in Geography: 

See also gestens  for detailed information on a specific course

Master Thesis

Topics and EDITIONAL GUIDELINES

Students may either build their own research topic or choose among proposed topics to be found here.

Additional topics for Master Thesis can be found on moodle2 or on the professors' personal web pages.

Editorial guidelines and rules for financial support are also available on moodle2.

 

Evaluation and deadlines

Information regarding evaluation process, explanation of the evaluation criteria and deadlines can be found here.

The form used for the Registration to the Master Thesis is available here.

The form used for the Evaluation of Master Thesis can be found here.

 

Special procedure to validate the Master Thesis 

  • To validate the Master Thesis, a special procedure must be followed at the point 6 of your GestEns personal page (go to GestEns).
     

 



Career Perspectives

Successful graduates have several options:

They can continue their research by engaging in a PhD thesis or they can seek an employment in the public or private sector. Frequent employers include planning offices of local, regional or national administrations, consulting companies, international organisations such as NGO or the UN institutions active in sustainable management and development.

An additional year in educational science can lead to a teacher diploma for secondary schools (DAESII / LDS II).

 


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This Master’s programme in Geography provides students with robust theoretical knowledge and methodological skills to understand and act upon crucial contemporary environmental and social issues. Students participate in a common module providing them with conceptual and theoretical grounding in the discipline and specialize either in human or physical geography by choosing one of the following options: Nature, Society and Politics or Dynamics in Glaciology and Geomorphology.
Unit of Geography - Chemin du Musée 4 - 1700 Fribourg - Tel +41 26 / 300 90 10 - Fax +41 26 / 300 9746
nicole.equey [at] unifr.ch - Swiss University