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Program Structure

The Master's program encompasses a total of 120 credit points (abbr. CP) and subdivides into modules which as a rule comprise several interconnected forms of teaching and learning.

These 120 credit points are distributed over a number of areas, each consisting of a set of modules:

  1. the foundations with a total of 20 LP,
  2. the core area to the extent of 25 LP, 
  3. the specialization area amounting to 10 LP,
  4. the area of professional practice and scientific work to the extent of 20 LP,
  5. the interdisciplinary elective area amounting to 15 LP, and
  6. the Master's thesis with presentation of the results to the extent of 30 LP.


(1) In the foundations of the amount of 20 LP, the following modules must be completed:

  • Module: Introduction to Geographies of Global Inequalities (10 LP) and
  • Module: Geographies of Global Inequalities: methods and methodologies (10 LP).

(2) The following modules are to be completed in the core area with a total of 25 LP:

  • Module: project work I: thematic and methodological preparation (10 LP),
  • Module: Project Work II: empirical research and data analysis (7 LP) and
  • Module: Project Work III: Presentation and Discussion (8 LP).

Within the modules there are thematic choices. There is a choice between two thematically and/or regionally different projects per academic year.

(3) The following modules are to be completed in the area of specialization with a total of 10 LP:

  • Module: Advanced Class (Conceptual) (5 LP) and
  • Module: Advances Class (Thematic) (5 LP).

(4) The following modules must be completed in the area of professional practice and scientific work, which is worth 20 LP:

  • Module: Internship and Project Management (15 LP) and
  • Module: Good Scientific Practice (5 LP).

(5) Students write their Master's thesis in English during the fourth semester. After completion it is defended through a presentation and oral examination. WIth suitable scientific supervision, the Master's thesis can be written in cooperation with, for example, a scientific research facility outside Freie Universität Berlin.

More information can be found in the Study and Examination Regulations for the Master's Program Geographies of Global Inequalities of the Department of Earth Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin (to be found for download in the section "Further Information")