Geography in Aachen


At the Institute of Geography at RWTH Aachen University, the Bachelor's programme teaches the central principles of a modern geographical education. A specialisation is possible at the end of the degree programme.

The fundamentals of a scientific and at the same time job-related geographical education at RWTH Aachen University include:

  • Physical geography,
  • economic geography,
  • urban and population geography and
  • methodological education.

In the Master's programme, the knowledge gained in the Bachelor's programme is deepened.

M.Sc. Applied Geography:

  • Applied urban geography,
  • Applied Landscape Systems Analysis,
  • Applied Climatology and Hydrology,
  • as well as an economic geography module
  • and method and excursion modules

M.Sc. Economic Geography:

  • Service, Digitalisation and Space
  • Regional Development and Tourism
  • Knowledge, Innovation and Economic Space
  • as well as a module of applied geography
  • and methods and excursion modules.

There are several options for specialisation in both the Bachelor's programme and the Master's programmes; depending on the choice of geography modules, minor subject as well as supplementary modules from other RWTH-specific subjects. This allows students to form an individual career-oriented study profile at an early stage.

  • Waste Management and Environmental Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Remote Sensing
  • Geodesy
  • Geographical Trade Research
  • Geo Risks
  • Earth Sciences
  • Social sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Airport planning, design and management
  • Resource Management
  • Raw material supply of industrialised countries
  • Urban water and waste management
  • Urban construction and transport
  • Urban planning
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Environmental Management
  • Transport and Spatial Planning
  • Economics and economic history
  • Economic and Regional Development

In all programmes, students must complete an internship and write a thesis in the last semester.