Monday, 19 November 2018

Geography MSc

Title of the programme: Geography MSc
Degree: MSc
Duration of the course: 4 semesters
Language of tuition: English

Description of the programme:

The aim of the Geography MSc program is to train Geographer professionals who have deep insight in landscape and urban development. They are prepared to understand the natural, environmental, technical and social phenomena and processes, to develop research and applied science-based solutions, to demonstrate and communicate the result and to plan and manage the sustainable use of natural and human environment. Successful graduates can also continue their studies and research in the frame of Geosciences PhD program at University of Szeged.

Based on the labour market experiences the employees expect a comprehensive theoretical background to fulfil the requirements of various positions in relevant fields, a thorough IT knowledge, an analytical approach, the ability to participate in development planning processes, to compile professional studies and documents and to work independently. The skills and competences of the students are aimed to be improved according to these.


The basic courses serve the acquisition of the necessary theoretical background, while the compulsory core courses are aimed to improve the skills and attitudes related to analytical, practical and independent thinking in the field of landscape and urban development.

The necessary professional expertise is achieved by the compulsory external professional training (5 credits). Good problem recognition and problem solving, moreover information processing skills are important general competencies that are aimed to improve on the practice courses. The several group project works on the courses demonstrate the importance of responsible team-work.

The basic courses cover for example the fields of geographical research methods, project management, regional policy and spatial development, political and social geography, landscape planning and environmental risk assessment. The core fields of studies are spatial data collection and analysis, visualisation, environmental planning models, urban planning, rural development, place marketing, vegetation analysis, and hydrological planning.

From the 3rd semester students start a research project and they have to prepare a diploma work during the 3rd and 4th semesters. The MSc module is closed with a final examination.

Scholarships are available for successful candidates through the Tempus Public Foundation.

Exemption from English language exam certificate:

During the application to the programmes of the Faculty of Science and Informatics those applicants are not required to provide the English language exam certificates who are natives of one of the following countries and can officially demonstrate that their academic studies have been conducted in English.

Countries concerned:
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Anguilla
  • Australia (also Christmas Island, Norfolk Island, Keeling Islands, Cocos Islands)
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • British Antarctic Territory (also British Antarctica, Antarctica British)
  • British Indian Ocean Territory (also Chagos Archipelago, Indian Ocean Territory (British))
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Channel Islands
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Irish Republic
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malta
  • Montserrat
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand (also Niue, Tokelau, Cokelau, Cook Islands)
  • Nigeria
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • St Kitts and St Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uganda
  • UK
  • USA
  • Zimbabwe


Application procedure:

Degree approved: Geography BSc

Degrees approved with special conditions: Earth science/Geology, Environmental Science, Environmental engineering, Geo-Engineering, Geodetic Engineering, Garden and Landscape Architecture, Economic and Rural Development, Environmental Management, Agricultural Engineering, Nature Conservation Engineering, Tourism and Hospitality Management or relevant disciplines.

Fulfilment of the absent prerequisites in case of degrees approved with special conditions:

In case of degrees approved with special conditions the entry requirement for the Master program is to possessing 65 credits in the following fields:

  • natural sciences (10 credits): mathematics, geo-mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology (ecology), geodesy
  • economic and human studies (10 credits): economics, legal studies, sociology, management, geopolitics, European Union studies
  • professional studies (45 credits): geomorphology, hydrogeography, biogeography, pedogeography, population and urban geography, economic geography, regional geography (Europe, Hungary), geoinformatics

The Entry requirement is to possess minimum 45 credits in the listed fields based on the earlier studies. The missing credits have to be completed according to the Academic and Examination Regulations of Szeged University.


Language requirements:

To be admitted to Master's level programme, students must demonstrate proficiency in English. The requested level of language knowledge is at least B2-intermediate according to the Common European Framework Reference. The certificate must be international language exam (TELC B2, ECL B2, TOEFL iBT test score of at least 72, or PBT score at least 550; Cambridge First Certificate at least "B"; IELTS score of at least 5.5).

Application deadline: 25th June 2019

Application fee: 150 USD (non-refundable)

Entrance examination fee: 150 USD (only applicable if entrance examination is required)

Tuition fee: 3000 USD per semester

List of required documents:

The application is in the SZTE Dream Apply:

1. Completed application form in the SZTE Dream Apply

2. Curriculum Vitae in English

3. Letter of interest in English

4. The requested level of English proficiency is B2 (intermediate) according to the Common European Framework Reference (CEFR); the certificate must be an international language exam (e.g.: TELC B2, ECL B2, TOEFL iBT test score of 72, or PBT score 550; Cambridge First Certificate "B"; IELTS score of 5.5 at least)

5. School certificates:

(a) Copy of the BSc degree (for applicants for MSc programmes – notarized English translation)

(b) Official full transcripts of your higher education studies (notarized English translation)

6. Copy of the passport (relevant page(s) where passport number, name, photo and date of expiry are visible)

7. Recent medical certificate of satisfactory general health status (not older than 1 month).

8. 2 recommendation letters from recognised academic persons

9. An evidence of payment of 150 USD non-refundable application fee

For further information please contact:
Dr. Ferenc Kovács
assistant professor


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