Master's Programme Geography: Global Change – Regional Sustainability

Curriculum (2007W)

As of winter semester 2015/2016 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. 

Master of Science

4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study


Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences

Level of qualification
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7

0532 Earth Sciences

Study code
UC 066 855

* Information on the Curriculum (2007W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
 available at:
Section: Current Curriculum version.


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Criteria for the determination of equivalence:

Admission to the master's degree programme may also be possible if a student has completed a bachelor's degree in a relevant related field. As part of the determination of equivalence, the following core areas of the completed bachelor's degree programme will be assessed:

  • 7.5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Geographical Information Technology/Systems
  • 7.5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Physical Geography
  • 7.5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Human Geography

In the event that equivalence has been established in principle but with certain qualifications missing for full equivalence, supplemental examinations may be required. These examinations must be completed during the master degree programme.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The career fields for graduates of the Master’s Programme Geography: Global Change – Regional Sustainability range from engineering and planning offices, relevant economic fields as well as NGOs and public service.

Dominik Sennes

Interview with a graduate: Dominik Sennes, 2009 (year of graduation)
"Geography is an interdisciplinary subject per se. In this sense, studying geography is the best way to learn 'cross-functional thinking' and how to view processes of all kinds from an integrated perspective."
To the Interview

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Basics of Global Change and Risk Research
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Geography of Mountain Regions
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Specific Methods in Geoinformatics
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module - Intensification

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Specific Methods in Geoinformatics
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Applied Geoinformatics
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module - Intensification
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module - Intensification
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
15.0 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis › continue fourth semester!

› 12.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Policies of Regional Sustainability
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module - Intensification
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis Defence

Empfohlener Studienverlauf für das Masterstudium Geographie: Globaler Wandel – regionale Nachhaltigkeit

Supplementary Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 45 ECTS-Credits or 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading  scheme Definition  %-age
 1 EXCELLENT:  Outstanding performance 32.8= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 35.6
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 19.2
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum criteria 12.4
 5 INSUFFICIENT:  Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2020

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

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