Human Geography: Globalisation, Media and Culture (M.A.)

(English-language degree)

The most important facts at a glance:

 

Degree:

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of studies

4 semesters

Start:

winter semester

Language of instruction

English

Admission requirements

open admisson

Application:

directly at JGU

zum Bewerbungsverfahren

International applicants:

You find information on the application procedure for international students here.

Language of instruction: English

Proof of German proficiency unnecessary

application deadline:

April 1 - September 1

Required Bachelor's degree

Geographie (B.Sc.)

or a Bachelor degree in social sciences or the humanities that fulfills the entrance requirements (see below)

Homepage:

Geographisches Institut

Fachbereich:

Faculty 09: Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Geography and Geosciences

Accreditation:

The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

For further information, please follow the link: https://www.blogs.uni-mainz.de/fb09student-advising-office-geography/ma_humangeography/

Subject Matter

The focus of our M.A. programme “Human Geography: Globalisation, Media, and Culture” lies on the re-negotiation of the (power) relation between space, society, and culture in the current era of late post-modern globalisation. Specific emphasis is on the questions: How are these new or transformed relations medially conveyed? Which socio-cultural challenges are raised by this? How can these problems be addressed politically?

Media-sensitive cultural geography is a key in times when digital technologies permeate all spheres of our life and substantially change our communication and “geo-positioning” in the world. Communication equipment continues to be miniaturised and mobilised. Furthermore, we are experiencing a huge surge in mapping and geo-coded positioning. Thus, a new form of geographical awareness is arising, meaning we are set out on an entirely renewed interest in space, regions and places. The geographical media content of the programme is, therefore, devoted to analysing newly arranged global geographies.

The active use of relevant media technique represents a unique element in our Master of Arts programme. Our students complement their interdisciplinary academic qualification from their Bachelor-studies with versatile and innovative academic skills. Our modules also encompass a broad range of applied learning methods, including own production of short films, podcasts and blogs. Our research workshop provides you with profound knowledge in scientific theory-based research and sound training in comprehensive empirical fieldwork.

Applications can be submitted by 15 May of each year. Should you have any queries, please contact the students office at the Institute of Geography (studienbuero@geo.uni-mainz.de).

Further information on Module 7 “Raising Levels of Professional Qualifications”

Course Structure

The Master’s programme is structured into modules that make up a total of 120 credit points. They are divided into eight modules.

Module 1: Globalisation and Geography

  • The aim of the module is to critically reflect upon the new conceptualisation of space and society that takes place in the context of globalisation processes.

Module 2: Globalisation and Media

  • The aim of the module is to teach the relevant theoretical basics of media geography and to enable students to independently develop a level of media competence over the course of their accompanying project work.

Module 3: Globalisation and Culture

  • The aim is to provide theoretical approaches to human geography in the context of globalisation and to improve scientific writing.

Module 4: Lecture Series

  • The aim of the module is to provide students with an insight into current research questions in the field of geography. To do so, students will participate in a series of lectures given by external lecturers. Lectures are accompanied by a reading course in which English texts are dealt with, hereby improving students' competence in dealing with foreign-language texts.

Module 5: Applied Media Geography

  • The aim is to teach techniques for creating digital formats (films, web-based maps, internet mapping etc.) and to critically reflect upon these types of media.

Module 6: Globalisation and Region: Empirical Research Workshop

  • The aim of the module is to teach students how to develop and carry out research projects by examining theoretical and practical questions.

Module 7: Raising Levels of Professional Qualifications

  • The module enables students to select their own field of specialisation and create their own personal profile by studying abroad for a semester, participating in an internship or by taking part in courses in contextual subjects. You can find more information here (only in German).

Module 8: Master’s Thesis

  • In this module, students must write their Master’s thesis within the time frame as specified in the examination regulations.

Master entrance requirements

  • Students must be able to present proof of having completed a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree either at a university in Germany or abroad:
    • a) with at least 130 credits obtained in modules of Geography/Human Geography or
    • b) in Geography with a physical-geographical focus, or, if the student has obtained less than 130 credits, in Geography modules or in Geography-relevant Social or Cultural Sciences..

In the case described in b) the examination committee will decide on whether the relevance to Geography is given or not. If the student has gained a degree within the meaning of b), he or she will be admitted to the master’s programme on condition that he or she obtains additional study and examination achievements or reads English literature from the bachelor’s programme in Geography amounting to a maximum of 30 credits.

  • Proof of required language proficiency in English.
  1. Completion of the course of study pursuant to No. 1 in an English-instructed study programme or
  2. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with at least 213 (computer-based test, CBT), 79 (internet-based test, IBT), or 550 points (paper-based test, PBT) or
  3. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with at least 5.5 points or
  4. First Certificate in English (University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations) or a higher level (Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE)) or
  5. TELC (The European Language Certificates) English B2

The testing date must not date back more than three years at the time of the application deadline. If the applicant is unable to provide such proof at the time of application, the applicant may be admitted on the condition that he or she will submit the certificate with the required results by the end of the first semester. If proof is not provided on time or if the score does not meet the requirements, admission will be rescinded.For the Master’s programme “Human Geography: Globalization, Media, and Culture” German skills are not required.

Selection Process

The degree programme has an open admission policy. You will receive a place as long as you apply on time and fulfill all the admission requirements.

Studying Abroad

When students study abroad, they usually either spend a semester or an entire year at a foreign university . This can be organised individually, meaning students can select a university abroad that suits them best and can then either finance their studies themselves or via an established programme (e.g. ERASMUS) or via a state-sponsored student support programme for studying abroad (Auslands-BAföG). Students can also choose to participate in specifically organised studies abroad in the context of educational programmes. These periods are spent at foreign universities and are usually financed by a scholarship. You will find additional information on the following pages: Module 7: Raising Levels of Professional Qualifications and Scholarships (only in German).

Internships

Internships form a bridge between university and professional life. They help when it comes to making future plans, both in the working world and at university. By participating in internships, you are able to get to know potential fields of work and put the knowledge that you’ve gained at university into practice. During your internship, you can decide whether or not your everyday working life suits your interests and lives up to what you expect from a career. Internships also provide you with important additional qualifications, professional experience and contacts to potential future employers. You can access additional information under  Module 7: Raising Levels of Professional Qualifications.

For more information on internships in Germany and abroad, please refer to our Career Service portal.

Allgemeine Informationen zu Praktika finden Sie im Portal des Career Service. Dieser unterstützt Sie außerdem bei der Berufsorientierung sowie beim Übergang vom Studium in den Beruf durch sein Beratungs- und Veranstaltungsangebot.

Weitere Hinweise

Die Fähigkeit zum abstrakten Denken ist eine wichtige Voraussetzung für ein erfolgreiches Humangeographiestudium. Die Studierenden sollten neuen Techniken aufgeschlossen und im Umgang mit dem Computer versiert sein.

Information

The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Academic Advisory Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).

The Students Office at the Institute of Geography provides information on all aspects of studying Human Geography.

Fields of work

Civil service: Public relations; business development; research; universities; municipalities
Private sector: Public relations; market/opinion research; project manager in the media sector; consulting e.g. municipal consultants, regional consultants; specialist publishers
Database with current information on the fields of activity: www.berufenet.arbeitsagentur.de