For admittance to the master’s program applicants need to fulfill the following admission requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in geosciences with credit points in geography corresponding to the bachelor’s program in geography at Freie Universität Berlin, or an equivalent degree.
Proof of English language skills (level B2 CEFR).
The DSH - or German Language University Entrance Exam for Foreign Students - is obligatory for all applicants whose first language is not German and who have earned their initial degree from a university (or equivalent institution) where the language of instruction is not German.
Students do not pay any tuition fees, the university only charges semester fees and contributions each semester.
In the Master’s programme of Geographical Development Research, societal processes are analysed in the context of development and transformation based on theories, models and methods from the social sciences. Theories from the field of development studies are applied in regional contexts, allowing crossroads perspectives to be pursued. Challenges regarding natural resource management and the politics and practice of international development are debated, and the interrelationship between planning and practice is expounded.
Methods pertaining to geographical information systems (GIS), empirical social research and qualitative and quantitative data analysis are also applied to different fields of enquiry and empirical contexts. The disciplinary nature of the programme is diversified through interdisciplinary module options that enable students to specialise and tailor the programme to their specific learning and research interests.
A central aspect of the course is a field project in which the students plan, design and carry out an empirical research project from start to finish within the regional context of South or Central Asia, both independently and as part of a team. This involves developing a research question, selecting appropriate research methods, tools and techniques and documenting and presenting the results.