Master's Programme in Development Geography

  • Studiepoeng120
  • Lengde2 år
  • Studieplassar10
  • StudiestartHaust
  • SpråkEngelsk
  • StudieplanLes studieplan



The master's programme leads to the degree Master of Philosophy in Development Geography. It is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits).

Mål og innhald

The aim of the programme is to provide the candidates with theoretical and methodological skills enabling them to qualify for a Master's Degree. The topics are related to issues of relevance for the study of livelihoods and environmental problems in the global South. The courses aim at introducing the candidates to contemporary scientific discourses on human-nature relations and development, and provide them with analytical skills and critical thinking. The thesis is normally based on data produced though fieldwork in the country of origin, carried out between the first and second year of study.

Fagleg profil

The topics are related to issues of relevance for the study of processes affecting urban and rural livelihoods and wellbeing, and environmental problems in the global South.


The methods to be applied will depend on the topic you choose, and will often imply combinations of qualitative and quantitative methods. The programme includes a course in methods in social science. Students, who have taken part in the programme as distance learning students, may choose other methodological courses as electives.

Studiestart - semester

Autumn (August)

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On completion of the Master study in Development Geography the candidate should have a total learning outcome as outlined in knowledge, intellectual and practical skills and transferrable skills:


  • Analyse and present advanced knowledge in geographical research in Development Geography in relation to themes such as development and migration, human ecology, political ecology, environmental discourses and institutions in developing countries
  • Analyse geographical issues on the basis of history of geographical thought and theory of science
  • Apply contemporary theories, methods and interpretations in development geography, and work independently and in teams with practical and theoretical problem solving

Intellectual and Practical Skills

  • Establish and develop professional relationships with relevant actors in society.
  • Choose and delimit a researchable theme for a Master¿s thesis and develop a research problem which can be carried out within the time limits and resources available for the study.
  • Select and evaluate relevant methods for collection of empirical data, and give an epistemological account of the methodological choices.
  • Delimit, plan and carry out collection of empirical data through various forms of field work.
  • Search systematically in libraries, scientific and other data bases and interpret and evaluate data and literature critically.
  • Discuss and analyse different sources of information critically, analyse empirical data and present geographical arguments and analyses.
  • Write a research report within given time and resource limits, apply geographical terminology and good academic writing, with exact, updated and systematic use of references, with due credit to secondary sources.

Transferrable Skills

  • The ability to carry out field work and treat data in accordance with good ethical norms and Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) practice.
  • The ability to disseminate research results as publications, articles in media and oral presentations.
  • The ability to present research findings as academic writing, in public media and in oral form


Oppbygging av studiet

The programme covers two academic years (four semesters), and starts in the autumn. In the first semester, you are required to complete a writing workshop and develop a project proposal. In addition you complete a course on theory of science and a research design for geographers, and finally, one elective thematic course. In the second semester you will complete one methodological course, write a term paper and take a thematic course. In the third and fourth semester you concentrate on the practical/theoretical master's thesis in geography.

Master's programme in Development Geography (krav 120 SP)
Kursdelen (krav 60 SP)
Obligatorisk emne
GEO310Skrivekurs og prosjektskildring101–41
GEO308Vitskapsteori og forskingsdesign for geografar101–41
GEO326Geographical Perspectives on Food101–41
GEO306Metodar i samfunnsgeografi101–42
GEO337Kritiske perspektiv på miljø og utvikling101–42
Oppgavedelen (krav 60 SP)
Obligatorisk emne
GEO350Masteroppgåve i geografi601–43
Prosjektskildring for mastergradsprosjektet
Obligatorisk emne
Prosjektbeskrivelse, master
Fremdriftsrapport for sluttføringen av masterprosjektet
Obligatorisk emne
Fremdriftsrapport, master
Guidance Agreement, Master's Programme in Development Geography
SP = Studiepoeng, S = Semester, A = Anbefalt semester


Delstudium i utlandet

The field work is normally conducted in South.

Korleis søke

Studiestart - semester

Autumn (August)


In order to be admitted to the program, the applicant must normally have obtained a Bachelor degree of 3-4 years¿ duration, or have an equivalent educational background. The degree must include at at least 1,5 years of full time studies in Geography.

Non-native English speakers must document their English language proficiency in order to be considered for admission to Master's degree programmes at the University of Bergen.


You apply for admission directly to the Faculty of Social Sciences. Application deadline is 15 April. More information: http://www.uib.no/education/admission/master

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