Curriculum for the Master's Programme in Geography - 2017 - Aalborg

1: Preface

Pursuant to Act 261 of March 18, 2015 on Universities (the University Act) with subsequent changes, the following curriculum for the Master's programme in Geography is stipulated. The programme also follows the Joint Programme Regulations and the Examination Policies and Procedures for The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, and The Faculty of Medicine

This curriculum takes effect as from September 1, 2017 – from 1st semester (only).

2: Basis in Ministerial Orders

The Master’s programme is organised in accordance with the Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Order no. 1061 of June 30, 2016 on Bachelor’s and Master’s Programmes at Universities (the Ministerial Order of the Study Programmes) and Ministerial Order no. 1062 of June 30, 2016 on University Examinations (the Examination Order). Further reference is made to Ministerial Order no. 258 of March 18, 2015 (the Admission Order) and Ministerial Order no. 114 of February 3, 2015 (the Grading Scale Order) with subsequent changes.

3: Campus

The programme is offered in Aalborg.

4: Faculty affiliation

The Master’s programme falls under The Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University.

5: Study board affiliation

The Master’s programme falls under The Study Board of the Built Environment

6: Affiliation to corps of external examiners

The Master’s programme is associated with the external examiners corps on Geography

7: Admission requirements

All students applying must document English language qualifications comparable to an ‘English B level’ in the Danish upper secondary school (minimum average grade 02).

Applicants with a legal right of admission (retskrav)

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geography, Aalborg University

Applicants without legal right of admission

Students with another Bachelor's degree, upon application to the Study Board of Planning, Geography and Surveying, will be admitted after a specific academic assessment if the applicant is deemed to have comparable educational prerequisites. The University can stipulate requirements concerning conducting additional exams prior to the start of study.

8: The programme title in Danish and English

The Master’s programme entitles the graduate to the Danish designation Cand.scient. i geografi. The English designation is: Master of Science (MSc) in Geography.

or

Cand.scient. i geografi og [sidefag].The English designation is: Master of Science (MSc) in Geography and [other subject].

9: Programme specifications in ECTS credits

The Master’s programme is a 2-year, research-based, full-time study programme. The programme is set to 120 ECTS credits.

10: Rules concerning credit transfer (merit), including the possibility for choice of modules that are part of another programme at a university in Denmark or abroad

The Study Board can approve that passed programme elements from other educational programmes at the same level replaces programme elements within this programme (credit transfer).

Furthermore, the Study Board can, upon application, approve that parts of this programme is completed at another university or a further education institution in Denmark or abroad (pre-approval of credit transfer).

The Study Board’s decisions regarding credit transfer are based on an academic assessment.

11: Exemptions

The Study Board’s possibilities to grant exemption, including exemption to further examination attempts and special examination conditions, are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures published at this website: https://www.studieservice.aau.dk/regler-vejledninger

12: Rules for examinations

The rules for examinations are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures published at this website: https://www.studieservice.aau.dk/regler-vejledninger

13: Rules concerning written work, including the Master’s Thesis

In the assessment of all written work, regardless of the language it is written in, weight is also given to the student's formulation and spelling ability, in addition to the academic content. Orthographic and grammatical correctness as well as stylistic proficiency are taken as a basis for the evaluation of language performance. Language performance must always be included as an independent dimension of the total evaluation. However, no examination can be assessed as ‘Pass’ on the basis of good language performance alone; similarly, an examination normally cannot be assessed as ‘Fail’ on the basis of poor language performance alone.

The Study Board can grant exemption from this in special cases (e.g., dyslexia or a native language other than Danish).

The Master’s Thesis must include an English summary. If the project is written in English, the summary can be in Danish. The summary is included in the evaluation of the project as a whole.

14: Requirements regarding the reading of texts in a foreign language

At programmes that are taught in Danish, it is assumed that the student can read academic texts in modern Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and English and use reference works, etc., in other European languages. At programmes taught in English, it is assumed that the student can read academic text and use reference works, etc., in English.

15: Competence profile on the diploma

The following competence profile will appear on the diploma:

A Candidatus graduate has the following competency profile:

A Candidatus graduate has competencies that have been acquired via a course of study that has taken place in a research environment.

A Candidatus graduate is qualified for employment on the labour market based on his or her academic discipline as well as for further research (PhD programmes). A Candidatus graduate has, compared to a Bachelor, developed his or her academic knowledge and independence so as to be able to apply scientific theory and method on an independent basis within both an academic and a professional context.

16: Competence profile of the programme

The graduate of the Master’s programme

Knowledge

  • Has insight into the latest national and international geographic research and its importance and relevance for the study of place and space
  • Must have advanced knowledge of analytical approaches to physical and human aspects of space and time
  • Must have knowledge of theories of science and the methodological foundation of various theories of geography
  • Must have extensive knowledge of the development in place and space based on the best international research within geography
  • Must have ability to perform scientific reflection on relevant geographic theories and methods and to identify scientific problems within development in place and space 
  • Ability to understand, explain and reflect on the potentials and limitations of relevant theories and methods of geography
  • Has knowledge of the implications of research ethics
  • Possesses insight into and understanding of the sociocultural conditions under which strategies, plans and projects within geography are implemented.

Skills

  • Can use and employ the methods and tools of geography as well as general skills connected with occupation within the field
  • Can assess and select the appropriate geographical theories, methods, tools and general skills, and on a scientific basis draw upon new modes of analysis and solutions
  • Can reflect on ethical matters in connection with professional practice
  • Can independently make and motivate professionally related decisions and when necessary carry out investigations to procure sufficient information for the basis of decisions
  • Can critically assess development work from a scientific perspective
  • Can represent data in time and space based on data generated by field measurements or numerical models
  • Must be able to assess theoretical and practical problems in connected and disconnected places and to select and motivate relevant projects on the basis of scientific methods
  • Must be able to apply theories, methods and tools within physical and human geography on a scientific basis
  • Ability to identify theories, methods, techniques and tools and create research  within physical and human geographies of place and space
  • Ability to assess and critically evaluate theoretical and practical problems in the field of geography of place and space
  • Ability to communicate research-based knowledge and discuss scientific problems in relation to connected and disconnected places with peers and non-specialists alike

Competencies

  • Can qualify to be part of public organisations as well as private firms, including NGOs
  • Ability to understand geographical problems related to connected and disconnected places and spaces
  • Ability to initiate and implement new interdisciplinary research and collaborations between the multifarious professions
  • Ability to manage complicated and unpredictable situations in relation to research and planning of work development of connected and disconnected places
  • Ability to contribute to continued professional development and innovation in the field of Geographies of connected and disconnected spaces
  • Can be part of interdisciplinary teams within the field of geography working with the implementation of plans and strategies of relevance in Danish and/or international contexts
  • Can contribute to the development of the profession through conducting research within the field of geography
  • Can maintain focus and reflect on the literature and methods used to develop the scientific basis of the geographical problem studied
  • Can evaluate the scientific progress independently and select and include additional literature, experiments or data when needed in order to maintain a scientific basis for the project
  • Can independently develop own competencies and specialisation

17: Structure and Contents of the programme

The programme is structured in modules and organised as a problem-based study. A module is a programme element or a group of programme elements, which aims to give students a set of professional skills within a fixed time frame specified in ECTS credits, and concluding with one or more examinations within specific exam periods that are defined in the curriculum.

The programme is based on a combination of academic, problem-based and interdisciplinary approaches and organized based on the following work and evaluation methods that combine skills and reflection:

  • project work
  • lectures
  • classroom instructions
  • study groups
  • workshop
  • exercises
  • laboratory tests
  • measurements and testing in the field
  • field work
  • portfolio work
  • independent study
  • Etc.

18: Overview of the programme

The table below presents an overview of project modules and course modules at the four semesters of the master’s programme.

All modules are assessed through individual grading according to the 7-point scale or Pass/Fail (P/F). All modules are assessed by external examination (external grading) (E) or internal examination (internal grading or by assessment by the supervisor only) (I)

Offered as:
Study programme: Geography
Module name Course type ECTS Applied grading scale Evaluation method Assessment method Language
1 Semester
Disconnected Places – Geographies of Peripheral Areas
(PGLGEOK17101)
Project 20 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationOral exam based on a project English
Theories of Science and Research Design in Geography
(PGLGEOK17102)
Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten or oral exam English
Human-Environment Interactions
(PGLGEOK17103)
Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten or oral exam English
2 Semester
Connected Places – Geographical Linkages in Space and Time
(PGLGEOK17201)
Project 15 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationOral exam based on a project English
Advanced Methods in Geography
(PGLGEOK17202)
Course 5 Passed/Not PassedInternal examinationWritten or oral exam English
Elective 1: Urban Package Course 10
Elective 2: Mobility Package Course 10
Elective 3: Environmental Package Course 10
Elective 4: Nature/Open Land Package Course 10
3 Semester
Option 1
Geography in Practice
(PGLGEOK17301)
Project 30 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationOral exam based on a project English
3 Semester
Option 2
Elective 3rd semester - SEPM
3 Semester
Option 3
Elective 3rd semester - UPM
3 Semester
Option 4
Elective 3rd semester - EMSS
3 Semester
Option 5
Elective 3rd semester - CiSu
3-4 Semester
Option 6
Extended Master's Thesis
(PGLGEOK18302)
Project 30 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationOral exam based on a project English
4 Semester
Master’s Thesis
(PGLGEOK17401)
Project 30 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationOral exam based on a project English

 
Elective 1: Urban Package
Module name Course type ECTS Applied grading scale Evaluation Method Assessment method Language
Planning Theory
(PGLUPMK17203)
Course 5 7-point grading scale Internal examination Written or oral exam English
The Deliberative Planner
(PGLUPMK17202)
Course 5 Passed/Not Passed Internal examination Written or oral exam English

 
Elective 2: Mobility Package
Module name Course type ECTS Applied grading scale Evaluation Method Assessment method Language
Mobilities: Policy, Branding and Place Management
(AODMTM2K176)
Course 5 Passed/Not Passed Internal examination Active participation/continuous evaluation English
Mobile Culture and Communication
(AODMTM2K178)
Course 5 7-point grading scale Internal examination Active participation/continuous evaluation English

 
Elective 3: Environmental Package
Module name Course type ECTS Applied grading scale Evaluation Method Assessment method Language
Natural Resource Management
(PGLEMSK17201)
Course 5 Passed/Not Passed Internal examination Written or oral exam English
Sustainability Assessment and Societal Decision Processes
(PGLBEMK17202)
Course 5 7-point grading scale Internal examination Written or oral exam English

 
Elective 4: Nature/Open Land Package
Module name Course type ECTS Applied grading scale Evaluation Method Assessment method Language
Danish Biotopes
(K-BIO-K2-5)
Course 5 Passed/Not Passed Internal examination Active participation/continuous evaluation Danish
Limnology
(K-BIO-B6-16)
Course 5 7-point grading scale Internal examination Written or oral exam English

 
Elective 3rd semester - SEPM
Module name Course type ECTS Applied grading scale Evaluation Method Assessment method Language
Sustainable Energy Planning in a Technical and Business Economic Perspective
(PGLSEPK17101)
Project 15 7-point grading scale Internal examination Oral exam based on a project English
Energy Project Evaluation
(PGLSEPK17102)
Course 5 7-point grading scale Internal examination Written or oral exam English
Energy System Analysis 1
(PGLSEPK17103)
Course 5 Passed/Not Passed Internal examination Written or oral exam English
3rd Semester Assignment
(PGLGEOK17302)
Project 5 Passed/Not Passed Internal examination Written exam English

 
Elective 3rd semester - UPM
Module name Course type ECTS Applied grading scale Evaluation Method Assessment method Language
The Complex City
(PGLUPMK17101)
Project 15 7-point grading scale Internal examination Oral exam based on a project English
Sustainable Urban Planning
(PGLBEMK17102)
Course 5 Passed/Not Passed Internal examination Written or oral exam English
Planning History and Urban Theory
(PGLUPMK17102)
Course 5 7-point grading scale Internal examination Written or oral exam English
3rd Semester Assignment
(PGLGEOK17302)
Project 5 Passed/Not Passed Internal examination Written exam English

 
Elective 3rd semester - EMSS
Module name Course type ECTS Applied grading scale Evaluation Method Assessment method Language
Corporate Sustainability Management
(PGLEMSK17101)
Project 15 7-point grading scale Internal examination Oral exam based on a project English
Sustainable Consumption and Production
(PGLEMSK17102)
Course 5 Passed/Not Passed Internal examination Written or oral exam English
Sustainable Products and Services
(PGLEMSK17103)
Course 5 7-point grading scale Internal examination Written or oral exam English
3rd Semester Assignment
(PGLGEOK17302)
Project 5 Passed/Not Passed Internal examination Written exam English

 
Elective 3rd semester - CiSu
Module name Course type ECTS Applied grading scale Evaluation Method Assessment method Language
Urban Transformations and Sustainable Engineering
(PGLCISK17101)
Project 15 7-point grading scale Internal examination Oral exam based on a project English
Sustainable Urban Planning
(PGLBEMK17102)
Course 5 Passed/Not Passed Internal examination Written or oral exam English
Climate and Hydrology of the Dense City
(AODUPM1K172)
Course 5 7-point grading scale Internal examination Written or oral exam English
3rd Semester Assignment
(PGLGEOK17302)
Project 5 Passed/Not Passed Internal examination Written exam English

International or National Credit

After previous approval by the Study Board, the 3rd semester may be transferred to another educational institution in Denmark or abroad. Previous approval (pre-credit) may be expected if the studies at another educational institution can give the student appropriate knowledge, skills and competencies.

The programme is taught in English.

Oversigt over tofagsforløbet med geografi som centralt fag

For studerende med centralt fag i geografi gælder følgende forløb, hvor de geografifaglige moduler alle hentes i bachelorstudieordningen. Aktiviteterne på 8.-9. semester er fra bachelorstudieordningen, og idet de læses på kandidatniveau, gælder der ekstra kompetencemål, som kan ses på: www.tech.aau.dk/uddannelse/Studieadministration/.

Offered as: 2-professional
Study programme: Geography
Module name Course type ECTS Applied grading scale Evaluation method Assessment method Language
1 Semester
Geographical Problems
(PGLGEOB16101)
Project 5 Passed/Not PassedInternal examinationActive participation/continuous evaluation Danish
People, Environment and Society
(PGLGEOB16102)
Project 10 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationOral exam based on a project Danish
Problembased Learning in Science, Technology and Society
(PGLLBGB16103)
Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten exam Danish
Mathematics and Natural Science
(PGLBGB16104)
Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten or oral exam Danish
Introduction to Geography
(PGLGEOB16105)
Course 5 Passed/Not PassedInternal examinationWritten or oral exam Danish
2 Semester
Local Scale Physical and Human Geography Problems
(PGLGEOB16201)
Project 15 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationOral exam based on a project Danish
Applied Statistics
(PGLBGB16202)
Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationOral exam Danish
Geographic Information – Places, Data and Models
(PGLLANB16102)
Project 10 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationOral exam based on a project Danish
Places and Flows
(PGLGEOB16204)
Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten or oral exam Danish
3 Semester
The City as Space and Place
(PGLGEOB16301)
Project 15 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationOral exam based on a project Danish
Urban Geography
(PGLLBGB16303)
Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten or oral exam Danish
Methods in Urban Geography
(PGLLBGB16304)
Course 5 Passed/Not PassedInternal examinationWritten or oral exam Danish
Elective 3. sem Course 5
4 Semester
People and Nature
(PGLGEOB16401)
Project 15 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationOral exam based on a project Danish
Hydrology and Climatology
(PGLGEOB16402)
Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten or oral exam Danish
Landscape Development
(PGLGEOB16403)
Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten or oral exam Danish
Physical Geographical Methods and Field Work
(PGLGEOB16404)
Course 5 Passed/Not PassedInternal examinationActive participation/continuous evaluation Danish
5 Semester
BSc Project
(PGLGEOB16601)
Project 15 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationOral exam based on a project Danish
Subsidiary Subject 15
6 Semester
Subsidiary Subject 30
7 Semester
Subsidiary Subject 30
8 Semester
Subsidiary Subject 15
Elective 8. sem Course 5
Management of Nature and Natural Resources
(PGLGEOB16602)
Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten or oral exam Danish
Political Geography and Geopolitics
(PGLGEOB16603)
Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationOral exam Danish
9 Semester
Globalisation and Development
(PGLGEOB16501)
Project 15 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationOral exam based on a project Danish
Demography and Development
(PGLGEOB16502)
Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten or oral exam Danish
Global Ecological Processes and Resources
(PGLGEOB16503)
Course 5 Passed/Not PassedInternal examinationWritten or oral exam Danish
The Geography of Globalisation
(PGLGEOB16504)
Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten or oral exam Danish
10 Semester
Master’s Thesis
(PGLGEOK17401)
Project 30 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationOral exam based on a project English

 
Elective 3. sem
Module name Course type ECTS Applied grading scale Evaluation Method Assessment method Language
Urban Governance and Planning
(PGLLBGB16305)
Course 5 Passed/Not Passed Internal examination Written or oral exam Danish
Mobility and Transport Planning
(PGLLBGB16307)
Course 5 Passed/Not Passed Internal examination Written or oral exam Danish
Planning Law and Regulation – with a View to Planning for Heat Supply etc.
(PGLLBGB16302)
Course 5 7-point grading scale Internal examination Written or oral exam Danish

 
Elective 8. sem
Module name Course type ECTS Applied grading scale Evaluation Method Assessment method Language
Economy and Project Evaluation – with a View to Development etc.
(PGLBGB164602)
Course 5 Passed/Not Passed Internal examination Written or oral exam Danish
Economy and Project Evaluation – with a View to Property Economics
(PGLLGB16603)
Course 5 Passed/Not Passed Internal examination Written or oral exam Danish

Oversigt over tofagsforløbet med geografi som sidefag

For studerende med sidefag i geografi gælder følgende forløb, hvor de geografifaglige moduler alle hentes i bachelorstudieordningen. Aktiviteterne på 7.-8. semester er fra bachelorstudieordningen, og idet de læses på kandidatniveau, gælder der ekstra kompetencemål, som kan ses på: www.tech.aau.dk/uddannelse/Studieadministration/.

Offered as: Minor
Study programme: Geography
Module name Course type ECTS Applied grading scale Evaluation method Assessment method Language
1 Semester
Central Subject 30
2 Semester
Central Subject 30
3 Semester
30
4 Semester
Central Subject 30
5 Semester
Central Subject 15
Urban Geography
(PGLLBGB16303)
Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten or oral exam Danish
Methods in Urban Geography
(PGLLBGB16304)
Course 5 Passed/Not PassedInternal examinationWritten or oral exam Danish
Elective 5. sem Course 5
6 Semester
People and Nature
(PGLGEOB16401)
Project 15 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationOral exam based on a project Danish
Hydrology and Climatology
(PGLGEOB16402)
Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten or oral exam Danish
Landscape Development
(PGLGEOB16403)
Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten or oral exam Danish
Physical Geographical Methods and Field Work
(PGLGEOB16404)
Course 5 Passed/Not PassedInternal examinationActive participation/continuous evaluation Danish
7 Semester
The City as Space and Place
(PGLGEOB16301)
Project 15 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationOral exam based on a project Danish
Demography and Development
(PGLGEOB16502)
Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten or oral exam Danish
Global Ecological Processes and Resources
(PGLGEOB16503)
Course 5 Passed/Not PassedInternal examinationWritten or oral exam Danish
The Geography of Globalisation
(PGLGEOB16504)
Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten or oral exam Danish
8 Semester
Central Subject 15
Globalisation and Development
(PGLGEOB16501)
Project 15 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationOral exam based on a project Danish
9 Semester
Central Subject 30
10 Semester
Central Subject 30

 
Elective 5. sem
Module name Course type ECTS Applied grading scale Evaluation Method Assessment method Language
Urban Governance and Planning
(PGLLBGB16305)
Course 5 Passed/Not Passed Internal examination Written or oral exam Danish
Mobility and Transport Planning
(PGLLBGB16307)
Course 5 Passed/Not Passed Internal examination Written or oral exam Danish
Planning Law and Regulation – with a View to Planning for Heat Supply etc.
(PGLLBGB16302)
Course 5 7-point grading scale Internal examination Written or oral exam Danish

19: Additional information

The current version of the curriculum is published on the Board of Studies’ website, including more detailed information about the program, including exams.

International or National Credit

After previous approval by the Study Board, the 3rd semester may be transferred to another educational institution in Denmark or abroad. Previous approval (pre-credit) may be expected if the studies at another educational institution can give the student appropriate knowledge, skills and competencies.

PBL introductory course

All students who have not participated in Aalborg University’s PBL introductory course during their Bachelor’s degree must attend the introductory course “Problem-based Learning and Project Management”. The introductory course must be approved before the student can participate in the project exam. For further information, please see the School of Architecture, Design and Planning's website. 

20: Commencement and transitional rules

This curriculum is approved by the Dean of The Technical Faculty of IT and Design and enters into force as of September 1, 2017 (only 1st semester).

Students who wish to complete their studies under the previous curriculum from 2016 must conclude their education by the summer examination period 2018 at the latest, since examinations under the previous curriculum are not offered after this time.

21: Amendments to the curriculum and regulations

Minor editorial changes have been made in conenction with the digitalisation of the curriculum.