(Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science)

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Course type
Undergraduate studies (1 Subject bachelor)
Standard Course Duration
6 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester
Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: none
International application: German C1
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Restricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

Geographers explore our living environment from an ecological and socio-economic perspective, and help to secure and improve this environment in terms of sustainable development. They also explore spatial use and the management of regional economic structures. As such, geography is closely related to the current the problems of our planet, and also addresses human socio-cultural and economic activities.

Would you like to analyse the interrelations in complex human-environmental systems in regional or international case studies in order to understand the ecosystem services provided to humans by nature? Or are you interested in investigating the effects of digitisation on the economy in different regions or how the provision of basic services can be maintained in rural areas? Would you like to plan spatial use and optimise the management of regional economic structures? Then a geography degree programme may be the right choice.

Geography is one of the most diverse disciplines among the earth sciences, involving the examination and explanation of the natural foundations of the earth, and human social and economic activities. It enquires into the forces and interactions that shape the earth’s surface, influence the way we live and determine the dynamics of environmental, socio-cultural and economic systems.

Course Content

  • Analysis of spatial economic and social structures and processes
  • Areas of emphasis depending on specialisation
  • Determination and assessment of ecosystem services
  • Geographic information systems
  • Human Geography
  • Man-environment relations
  • Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology
  • Political options for action
  • Processes in the atmosphere-vegetation-soil-rock border area
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
Course Structure

Teaching during the first two semesters is based on a wide range of courses in the branches of Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology, Cultural and Social Geography, and Economic Geography. Introductory foundation courses cover the entire spectrum of the relevant subject area.

After completing the first two semesters, students select one of two specialisations (the “Y model”): Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology (BSc) or Human Geography (BA). Students who opt for Human Geography may additionally specialise in Cultural/Social Geography or Economic Geography. During the compulsory elective part of the degree programme (second and third academic years), students can only take modules from their chosen specialisation and an accompanying supplementary area. The two-tier structure of the degree programme ensures that all students gain a broad basis and are able to identify their main areas of interest in the first year. From the third semester, the course offers students a sufficient degree of substantive and methodological specialisation as a basis for proceeding to a Master’s degree programme or for entering the world of work directly.


Semester Basisstudium:
Grundlagen und Methoden der Physischen Geographie und Landschaftsökologie und der Humangeographie
  • Grundlagen der Physischen Geographie und Landschaftsökologie A (6 LP)
  • Grundlagen der Kultur- und Sozialgeographie (8 LP)
  • Propädeutik (5 LP)
  • Statistik und Datenpräsentation (8 LP)
  • Kartographie (4 LP)
  • Grundlagen der Wirtschaftsgeographie (8 LP)
  • Grundlagen der Physischen Geographie und Landschaftsökologie B (10 LP)
  • Geographische Informationssysteme A (3 LP)
Wahl nach dem 2. Semester Vertiefung Physische Geographie und Landschaftsökologie Vertiefung Humangeographie
  • Hauptseminar (8 LP)
  • Studienprojekt (16 LP)
  • Geographische Informationssysteme B (8 LP)
  • Weiterführende Wahlpflichtmodule (24 LP)
  • Exkursion (10 LP)
  • Berufspraktikum (18 LP)
  • Ergänzungsbereich (30 LP)
  • Hauptseminar (10 LP)
  • Zwei Studienprojekte (2x8 LP)
  • Statistische Regionalanalyse (6 LP)
  • Empirische Sozialforschung (8 LP)
  • Weiterführende Wahlpflichtmodule (21 LP)
  • Exkursion (5 LP)
  • Berufspraktikum (18 LP)
  • Ergänzungsbereich (30 LP)
6 Bachelorarbeit (14 LP) Bachelorarbeit (14 LP)
Recommended Abilities

Successful completion of this degree programme requires the willingness to address all kinds of issues and to learn how to use innovative specialist software. For this reason, it is important to have a broad interest in science and social sciences, to enjoy engaging in connected thinking, to be creative and have good communication skills.

Career Opportunities

The strong practical emphasis of the degree programme opens up a wide variety of career opportunities:

Potential employers

  • Federal, state and local authorities
  • Higher education institutions and research institutions
  • Planning offices and engineering companies
  • Companies from the private sector

 Areas of activity

  • Consultancy (e.g. policy, start-up, technology and funding consultancy)
  • Site, market and country analysis
  • Business development
  • Tourism development
  • Public planning
  • Research
  • Development cooperation
  • Public relations work
  • Market research
  • Environment consultancy
  • Landscape and environmental planning
  • GIS consulting
Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations: 

Application Deadlines

01.06.-15.07. of the year for the winter semester

  • First-year students (application for the 1st semester) can only apply for the winter semester.
  • Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application for a higher semester) can also apply for the summer semester (December 1st - January 15th).
  • Requirements for applications from non-EU countries:
    • VPD from uni-assist OR a passed assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung) of a preparatory foundation course (Studienkolleg)
    • Applications for the Studienkolleg must be submitted by July 15th.

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Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover