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Economic Geography

Economic Geography
(Master of Arts)

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Course type
postgraduate studies (master)
Standard Course Duration
4 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester
Primary Language of Instruction
Restricted admission

Short Description

In Hannover, Economic Geography centres around the intersection of economics and geography in which economic aspects of geography and geographical aspects of the economy are taught and explored. Teaching focuses on regional development in countries at different stages of development. Students learn how to explain the geographical structures of the economy on the basis of their theoretical knowledge (=theory), to empirically investigate regional development processes (=empiricism) and to develop sound regional policy strategies for action (=policy). One of the special features of the degree programme is the high level of quantitative methodology of analytical statistics. These skills, which are rarely taught on geography degree programmes elsewhere, ensure that graduates have excellent employment opportunities since they are highly sought after by companies.

As far as content is concerned, the degree programme focuses on four thematic specialisations:
1) Globalisation and regionalisation: Why, in a globally networked world, are companies and labour concentrated in certain locations?
2) Knowledge and Innovation: What role do knowledge and innovation play in regional growth?
3) Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation: Which factors influence company start-ups and what impact do they have on the regional economy?
4) Policy Design: What strategies can be used to achieve goals such as growth, development, and the reduction of regional disparities?

Further information for students on the website of the Faculty of Natural Sciences

Areas of Focus

  • Study or practical training abroad
  • Business administration
  • Empirical methods/statistics
  • Entrepreneurship and enterprise creation
  • Spatial economic policy
  • Regional innovation processes
  • Economics
  • Economic geography of China
  • Theories of economic geography
Course Content

Subsidiary subjects, practical training, periods abroad and different course formats ensure that the degree programme is very varied. Teaching takes place in reading courses, PC exercise classes, seminars and lectures. The Master’s degree programme, lasting four semesters, follows Humboldt’s ideal of the unity of research and teaching, which means that the latest research results generated by scholars at the institute are continuously incorporated into teaching content. In addition to acquiring theory, students also learn how to empirically analyse economic spatial systems and develop spatial economic policy. Quantitative methods of empirical economic geography are an area of specialisation. The internationally oriented degree programme includes a semester abroad and several courses delivered in English.

  • M.1: Wirtschaftsgeographische Theorien;
  • M.2: Quantitative Methoden der empirischen Wirtschaftsgeographie            
  • M.7-1: International Seminar in Economic Geography
  • M.3: Politische Gestaltung in Theorie und Praxis
  • M.4: Projektseminar - Forschen mit quantitativen Daten
  • M.7-2: International Seminar in Economic Geography




  • M.9: Weiterführende GIS-Analysen im Kontext unternehmerischer Entscheidungsfindung


  • M.10: Qualitative Methoden der empirischen Wirtschaftsgeographie

  • M.5: Auslandsstudium
  • M.6: Auslandspraktikum
  • Nebenfach "Wirtschaftswissenschaften" ODER "Angewandte Regionalwissenschaft"
  • M.8: Berufspraktikum und Berufspraxis
Recommended Abilities
  • An enquiring mind for science
  • Previous knowledge of economic geography and economics
  • Analytical thinking
  • Practice-based learning
  • The ability to work independently in small groups
  • International skills
  • Enjoyment in working with numbers
  • Dedicated and creative learning
Career Opportunities

The results of surveys of graduates conducted by the institute confirm that economic geographers from Hannover have excellent career prospects. Career opportunities include: business development, consulting, location planning and research. Regularly conducted surveys of graduates reveal that practice-based teaching, compulsory practical training that runs concurrently with the course, and an active alumni network make it much easier for graduates to embark on a career.

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

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

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (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

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