Development Geography, master, 2 år

  • Lengde2 år
  • Studieplassar10
  • SpråkEngelsk
  • StudiestartHaust
  • Studiepoeng120



How can Himalayan farmers adapt to climate change? How should African fisheries be governed to ensure access to nutritious fish on the plates of the poor? Are Latin American cities prepared for green transitions? The Master Programme in Development Geography equips students with theoretical tools and methodological training to enquire into multiple research questions related to global development.


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 global South.

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.

Kva lærer eg


A candidate who has completed his or her programme should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The candidate

  • can 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
  • can analyse geographical issues on the basis of history of geographical thought and theory of science
  • can apply contemporary theories, methods and interpretations in development geography, and work independently and in teams with practical and theoretical problem solving


The candidate

  • can establish and develop professional relationships with relevant actors in society
  • can 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
  • can select and evaluate relevant methods for collection of empirical data, and give an epistemological account of the methodological choices.
  • can delimit, plan and carry out collection of empirical data through various forms of field work
  • can search systematically in libraries, scientific and other data bases and interpret and evaluate data and literature critically
  • can discuss and analyse different sources of information critically, analyse empirical data and present geographical arguments and analyses
  • can 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

General competence

The candidate

  • has the ability to carry out field work and treat data in accordance with good ethical norms and Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) practice.
  • has the ability to disseminate research results as publications, articles in media and oral presentations.
  • has 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, and two thematic courses. In the third and fourth semester, you concentrate on the master's thesis in geography.

Master's programme in Development Geography (krav 120 SP)
Kursdelen (krav 60 SP)
Obligatorisk emne
GEO308Vitskapsteori og forskingsdesign for geografar101–41
GEO310Skrivekurs og prosjektskildring101–41
GEO326Geographical Perspectives on Food101–41
GEO306Metodar i samfunnsgeografi101–42
GEO337Discourses, Politics and People: Critical Perspectives on Environmental Governance 101–42
GEO316Practical Skills in Remote Sensing and Spatial analysis101–42
GEO324Geographies of the Green Economy101–42
Oppgavedelen (krav 60 SP)
Obligatorisk emne
GEO350Masteroppgåve i geografi603–43
Prosjektskildring for mastergradsprosjektet
Prosjektbeskrivelse, master
Fremdriftsrapport for sluttføringen av masterprosjektet
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


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 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.


Follow the guidelines on how to apply depending on which applicant group you belong to.


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