Economic Geography - Double Degree Track
(Master of Arts, Master of Science, Double Degree)

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Course type
Postgraduate studies (Master)
Standard Course Duration
4 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester
Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: English C1
International application: English C1 AND German C1
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Restricted admission

Mandatory third and fourth semester at University Groningen.

Study Fees

Tuition Fees of Universität Groningen: approx. 1.100 EUR per semester (for EU/EEA citizens), for Non-EU-citizens approx. 8.100 EUR per semester. (Occur only in semester 3 and 4!)

Short Description

A variant of the master’s degree programme in Economic Geography at Leibniz Universität Hannover is available to some students as a double degree programme with the University of Groningen. Students who pursue the double degree track spend their first year in Hannover, and the second year in Groningen.

In Hannover, economic geography centres around the intersection of economics and geography in which economic aspects of geography and the geographical aspects of the economy are taught and explored. Global processes such as environmental change, migration and the digitalisation of the economy affect regions throughout the world, and yet the impact of these processes may differ considerably from region to region. To meet this challenge, students learn how to explain complex interrelations using theoretical knowledge, how to empirically investigate regional development processes, and how to develop sound regional policy strategies for action.

Given that our partner institute in Groningen has a similar basic understanding of economic geography, the content of the two degree programmes complement each other perfectly. When it comes to the details, however, the specialist areas differ slightly. Besides focusing on the spatial distribution and spatial impact of business start-ups, students also explore in depth the issue of mobility, and especially labour mobility. In Groningen, students can also choose from a wide range of supplementary compulsory elective modules.

Course Content

  • A one-year period abroad (semesters 3 and 4)
  • Students earn two master’s degrees
  • Advanced methodological training and application in projects
  • Business start-ups
  • Regional labour markets
  • Mobility
Course Structure

The project work, the one-year stay abroad, the compulsory electives and the variety of course formats ensure a stimulating and diverse programme. Teaching takes place in reading courses, PC exercise classes, seminars and lectures. There are courses in both German and English. In the first semester, students develop their basic knowledge of the theories and methods of economic geography, as well as the policy design of spatial economic systems. In the second semester, applied research projects give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge to practice in group work and to further develop their expertise.

In the second academic year at the University of Groningen, students expand their knowledge of economic geography with regard to mobility, regional labour markets and business start-ups. All courses are held in English. Students are free to choose two compulsory elective modules from a selection of courses covering economic geography. A professional internship can take the place of one of the modules. Students write their master’s thesis in Groningen from the middle of the third semester. However, it can also be written in cooperation with Leibniz University Hannover, where applicable.

Recommended Abilities
  • Previous knowledge of economic geography and economics
  • Analytical thinking
  • The ability to work independently
  • International skills
  • Excellent command of English (C1 or a comparable level)
  • Dedicated and creative learning
  • Scientific curiosity
Career Opportunities

Excellent career prospects (according to a survey of graduates):

  • Business development
  • Economic and policy consulting
  • Location planning
  • Research
  • International business and development organisations
  • Start-up consultancy
  • Transport and logistics
Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree in a related field of study, such as

For master's degree programmes with restricted admission, places shall be allocated according to the university’s own selection procedure, if there are more applicants fulfilling the admission requirements than there are places available. The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations: 

Application Deadlines

First-year students from Germany and the EU

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester

First-year students from non-EU countries

  • April 15th – May 31st of the year for the winter semester

Students resuming their studies and transfer students from Germany and the EU (application in a higher semester)

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester

Students resuming their studies and transfer students from non-EU countries (application in a higher semester)

  • April 15th – May 31st of the year for the winter semester
  • October 15th – November 30th of the previous year for the summer semester
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Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover