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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Global Change Geography - The Physical Geography of Human-Environment Systems

M.Sc. (Master of Science)
Subjects: Geosciences, Geography, Global & European Studies
English only
Winter semester:  31 May
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Winter semester)
Tuition fees (per semester)
Winter semester
Mode of admission:
without admission restriction
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree. Applicants must prove substantial credits in physical geography, statistics and the analysis of geoinformation data. Upon the date of the application deadline, all applicants must:

  1. Have successfully completed 5 ECTS in statistics and/or non-spatial modeling.
  2. Plus 10 ECTS in geodata analysis (i.e. GIS, remote sensing, geostatistics, spatial modeling, digital cartography or similar).
  3. Plus 30 ECTS in physical geography (i.e. Climate Geography, Geomorphology, Geography of soils/Soil science, Hydrogeography/-logy, Biogeography, Vegetation geography, Landscape ecology, Geo-ecology, Earth system science, Land system science).
  4. Plus additional 25 ECTS in applied geosciences (i.e. geology, geophysics, geomathematics, geoinformatics, geobotany, geochemistry, ecology, ecosystem modeling meteorology, oceanography, climatology, environmental engineering or planning). For this section credits from 1), 2), 3) that exceed the minimum requirement can be counted.
  5. AND present a completed bachelor certificate or a statement from their home university on the successful completion of 150 ECTS (in case of international applicants a statement from the home institution on the completion of the program by October 2020 is sufficient).

You can check here the official admission requirements for the program (document in German language).

Work Experience

Knowledge gained outside of university education such as relevant professional qualifications or relevant professional experience with a minimum of 900 hours. It can be proven by an informal certificate from the employer with confirmation of the overall hours worked.

Language Requirements

The following certificates are recognised as proof of your language proficience.

CERF English
min B2
min II certificate: minimum grade 3,0
DAAD Language Certificate
min 4 stars in all skills.
DAAD Language Certificate
min minimum grade C in all skills (following old rating system).
min B2 First (FCE)
min C1 Business Higher (BEC Higher)
Specification: V
min 60
min 5.5
min 72
min 1095
Specification: 310 in Speaking and Writing, in conjunction with 785 in Listening and Reading.
LCCI Certificates
min Level 3
PTE Academic
min 51
min III
min IV
min C1 Advanced (CAE)
min C2 Proficiency (CPE)
min C1 Business Higher (BEC Higher)
Specification: H
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? no information provided by university

Additional information:
The English language knowledge can also be proven by graded certificates of language courses taken at a state-recognized university (minimum 4 SWS; minimum level B2; minimum grade 2,3), ICFE ‚Äď International Certificate in Financial English or ILEC ‚Äď International Legal English Certificate. The English requirements are met in the following cases: when courses and examinations in English language amounting to a minimum of 20 ECTS-Credits (or equivalent) were completed in previous academic studies at a state-recognized university, and according proofs are provided; when proof of a school leaving certificate qualifying for university entrance from an English-language high school, or equivalent is provided; or when proof of a university degree with a professional qualification obtained during a minimum three-year study program comprising courses and examinations in English language amounting to at least 180 ECTS-Credits (or equivalent) is provided. Applicants with English as original language may declare compliance with the prerequisite by providing official documents certifying that the applicant learned the language in her/his early childhood without formal education as the first language and that at least eight of the first twelve life years were spent in a country with English as the official language. German language skills are not required for this study program.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Applications are open from:
Winter semester:May 04 (German)May 04 (EU)May 04 (Non EU)
Summer semester:
In 12 days free webinar
How to apply via Uni-assist

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of admission:
without admission restriction
Admission test/interview:
Application Fee:
75 ‚ā¨ for the first application, 30 ‚ā¨ for each additional

Further Information

For more information please check the

Course Website