Geography: Global Change and Sustainability (Master)

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The aim of the English-language master's programme Geography: Global Change and Sustainability is to train graduates who are able to identify challenges, changes and complex problems in geography from a natural and social science perspective in the context of global change and the sustainability debate analyse and develop interdisciplinary proposed solutions. The master's programme deals with a national and international perspective on current theory-based geographical research on the causes and consequences of global change, social and environmental challenges in the context of sustainability and relevant application practices. A balance is pursued between thematic specialisation and embedding in the larger, holistic context of "Global Change and Sustainability".

Graduates acquire comprehensive skills from relevant areas (specialisations: Migration and Population Dynamics, Socio-Economic Transformations, Earth Surface Dynamics and Management, Geoecology). Scientific work as well as methodological and technical skills are conveyed through the combination of cross-specialization work and analysis techniques. These reflect the geography with its scale-dependent, spatio-temporal explicit approaches to the dynamics of global change and sustainability.

Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 855

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: English

NO entrance examination

Curriculum (from winter semester 2021/22 on)

Curriculum (expiring)

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Data updated on: 23.11.2020

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The master's programme consists of the following modules:

  • Compulsory module group Global Change and Sustainability (20 ECTS)
  • Preparation Module (5 ECTS)
  • Compulsory module group Specialisations (30 ECTS)
  • Open Mind Modules I and II (10 ECTS)
  • Mobility Module (25 ECTS)
  • Master's Thesis (25 ECTS) and
  • Defensio (5 ECTS)

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Earth Surface Dynamics
  • Global Change
  • Population Dynamics
  • Geomorphology
  • Assessment of natural hazards

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

Here you can see the module structure of the current curriculum. The course directory for the new curriculum (from winter semester 2021/22) will be available here from summer 2021.

After Graduation

The complexity of the spatiotemporal consideration of global change, sustainability and transformation in geography is also reflected in the range of professional activities of the graduates, from research and development as well as administration and public service (both international, national as well as regional and local ) ranges from international development work, protected area management and NGOs with sustainability agendas to engineering and planning offices, private-sector site assessments and process modeling. Accordingly, in the courses within the framework of the specialization modules, there is an additional, individually configurable focus on applied and research-led approaches.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2.2 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.0 (appropriate)

→ These results are based on feedback from 46 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the master's programme in Geography graduation survey (in German).

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 91% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,757 gross/month.
  • 16% of graduates work in the public administration sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "MA Geography".