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The Department of Geography follows the same guiding principle as the University: Tradition and Modernness. Whereas our Department is housed in a building that is a historical and protected monument, our technical equipment and research environment is up to date. This makes our Department one of Germany's leading institutes for the education of young geographers.
For an interdisciplinary degree programme such as Geography, a wide choice of courses is fundamental. Therefore, we offer our students an versatile range of teaching based on the ongoing research at our Department. Furthermore, we co-operate with several partners from politics and economy, such as the United Nations, the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, the Federal Agency for Nature Conversation, and professionals from real estate and insurance industries.

The following research clusters are represented at our Department:

  • Climatology and Landscape Ecology
  • Hydrology and Water Resource Management
  • Geomorphology
  • Development Geography
  • Urban and Regional Geography
  • Economic and Social Geography
  • Historical Geography
  • Remote Sensing and GIS
  • Geography Education


We offer the following degree programmes at our Departemnt:

  • Bachelor of Science in Geography
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography (minor)
  • Bachelor Teaching Degree Geography


  • Master of Science in Geography
  • Master of Science in Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security (in cooperation with the United Nations University)
  • Master of Science in Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology (in cooperation with the Agricultural Faculty)
  • Master of Disaster Management and Risk Governance (in cooperation with the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, further education for professionals,
  • Master of Education


  • PhD


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