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

Admission restrictions:

Open admission

Application:

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

Language of instruction: English

Proof of German proficiency unnecessary

Deadlines:

Winter semester: April 1 - September 1

Required Bachelor's degree:

Geography (B.Sc.)

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

Homepage:

Geographisches Institut

Faculty:

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 master's program "Human Geography: Globalisation, Media and Culture" focuses on renegotiating geographical relations between culture and society in the course of globalization processes. Emphasis is placed on the following questions: How has the connection between culture, space and society that is communicated by the media been transformed in the global age, what challenges have arisen, and how can these problems be dealt with politically?
In the context of a general "spatial turn", media-sensitive cultural geography is a key discipline. As communication equipment is continuing to be miniaturized and mobilized, and we are experiencing a huge surge in mapping and geo-coded positioning in all areas of life, a new form of "a-whereness” is arising, meaning we are developing a completely renewed interest in spaces, regions and places. The geographical media content of the program is therefore devoted to empirically analyzing media-generated geographies and to socio-technically rearranging the relationship between space and media.
On the basis of their initial academic qualifications (such as a bachelor’s degree), students will develop advanced scientific analytical skills throughout the master's program. Students will have to complete versatile and innovative module exams, including making short films, podcasts and blogs. This will ensure that they also develop practical skills while creating these media products.
The degree program will appeal to graduates of all social and cultural disciplines who are interested in geography and in receiving a basic education in current cultural and theoretical approaches to the relationship between space and society and who are keen to deal with the current phenomena of global society in their own research projects.

Course Structure

The master’s program 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 conceptualization of space and society that takes place in the context of globalization 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 globalization 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: Digital 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: 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: Professionalisation and Profile

  • The module enables students to select their own field of specialization 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) in the subject of geography/ human geography with at least 130 credit points in geography modules
    • b) in the subject of geography with a physical-geographical focus or with less than 130 credit points in a geography-relevant subject or in the field of cultural or social science.

In the case of letter b), the examination board will decide on the geography relevance. If your degree fits to letter b) then you will be admitted to the program on the condition that you complete additional examinations and coursework from the bachelor’s degree in Geography amounting to a maximum of 30 credit points. The examination board will decide on the modules for which you are required to complete extra work. These achievements are not part of the master’s. If you fail to fulfill this requirement within the first year of the program, you will not usually be able to continue your degree. You will not be able to re-register for the next semester.

  • Proof of required English skills.
  1. Proof that you have a degree in an English-language degree program according to number 1
  2. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with at least 213 points (computer-based test, CBT), 79 (internet-based test, IBT), 550 (paper-based test, PBT)
  3. IELTS with at least 5.5 points
  4. First Certificate in English (University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations) or a higher level (Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE))
  5. TELC English B2.

The test will not be counted as valid if it was taken any longer than three years prior to the application deadline. If you are not able to provide a document as proof that you have passed the test at the time of application, you will be admitted on the condition that you can provide the document with the test results by the end of the first semester at the latest. If you fail to submit the document or you have not achieved the required result, your admission will be rescinded.

For the Master’s program Human Geography: Globalization, Media and Culture, German skills are not required.

Selection Process

The degree program 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 university abroad. It may be organized individually, meaning that students can select a university abroad that suits them best and can then either finance it themselves or with the help of BAföG grants for studying abroad. Students can also choose to participate in specifically organized studies abroad in the context of educational programs. These periods are spent at universities abroad and are usually financed by a scholarship. You will find additional information on the following pages: Module 7: Professionalisation and profile and Scholarships (both 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 to 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: Professionalisation and profile (in German only).

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

Foreign language skills and additional information

The ability to think abstractly is crucial for a successful degree in human geography. Students should be familiar with modern technology and well-experienced with computers.

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).

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