Geography - Migration, demographic change and regional development

Study information
Key facts
Degree
Master of Science
Duration
4 Semesters
Credits/ECTS
120
Teaching language
German
Tuition fee
None
Semester contribution
€ 263,40
Start of studies
Winter semester, Summer semester
Part-time possible
Yes
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Programme summary

The study focus "Migration, demographic change and regional development" offers you specialized studies at the interface between demographic and regional development. The core contents cover the areas of demographic change, population and development as well as globalization and regional change. In addition, you will acquire comprehensive expertise in the field of migration and regional research methods. The course focuses on highly relevant issues, which seem particularly urgent not only in Thuringia but also in numerous other regions of Germany and Europe. In view of the high demand for experts in the management of demographic challenges (keywords: immigration, refugees, ageing), but also due to the many individual opportunities for specialisation, numerous professional fields are open to you as a graduate.

In addition to the above-mentioned spatial science content, you can - depending on your interests - take various modules from numerous neighbouring disciplines, enabling you to design your study programme individually and according to your interests.

Special features

The programme also allows you to deepen your knowledge by choosing minors:

  • Area studies
  • Globalization and international relations
  • Innovation systems and regional policy
  • Geoinformation
  • Remote sensing

Career opportunities

Graduates have a wide range of employment opportunities. These include federal and state ministries and authorities, business development institutions, regional planning associations and numerous other public administration institutions. There is also a broad spectrum of potential employers in the private sector, ranging from business and political consulting firms to companies in the creative industries. Research at universities and non-university research institutions, such as institutes of the Leibniz Association or the Max Planck Society, continues to be one of the classical fields of activity. Last but not least, the Master's degree qualifies you for a doctorate in geography.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate degree or equivalent Show content

For this master's programme you need a subject-specific undergraduate degree (minimum 6 semesters/180 ECTS-Credits) or an equivalent degree.

The bachelor's grade final over allpoint grade must be GOOD or higher (German and US systems).

language requirements Show content

This master's programme requires the following language proficiencies:  

  • good proficiency in English (a direct proof by certificate is not compulsory)
  • international applicants: German language proficiency at minimum level DSH-2 (or a recognised equivalent)

Application documents

Registration form Show content

Once you finish an online application, this document will be generated under the filename "Application for admission at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena to the masters programme". You need to print out this document, sign it, scan it and send it as PDF file of good quality within the application timeframe to the Master Service Centre: master@uni-jena.de.

CV Show content

Your CV should have a tabular form, containing key information on your school record and academic career.

Motivation letter Show content

A motivation letter should not exceed the size of two DIN A4-pages and normally, it should contain information on your motivation for taking up this course of studies. You should  elaborate on the following essential questions:

  • Why do you desire taking up this specific course of studies?
  • What are - in your opinion - the main features that this course of studies excels in?
  • Which features of this course have inspired your application? 
  • Why Jena?

 

University entrance qualification certificate Show content

Please upload at the online application system your university entrance certificate/school leaving certificate. Usually, this means the school graduation diploma (German "Abitur"), i.e. the diploma that makes you eligible for studies at an University or other institution for higher education. Be mindful of the fact that here, we do not need any University diploma but a High School diploma! 

Previous university degrees earned Show content

All previous University degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.) if available before the application deadline - if not, please make a note of the anticipated date of issue of your degree certificate. Please upload your University degree or the most actual, detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of all semesters available to you, should you not hold your degree certificate at the time of application. The main document is the degree/ transcript based on which you apply for the master programme.

Detailed transcript of records Show content

Detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of your first, subject-specific University degree, with which you apply for the master's programme. This transcript MUST contain an overall cumulative grade point average or average mark.

Proof of relevant work experience Show content

Should you have obtained subject-specific work experience, you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application. 

Proof of subject-specific practical experience Show content

Should you have obtained subject-specific practical experience (e.g. by internships etc.), you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application. 

Proof of language proficiency Show content

You have to submit the following proofs of language proficiencies:

  • proof of proficiency in English
Statement about your choice of specialisation Show content

You have to apply online for the master's programme M.Sc. Geography. In this specific document, please inform us on your preferred specializations. (Climate and environmental change or Migration, demographic change and regional development).

Additional application documents for international students

Proof of German language proficiency Show content

For German taught master's programmes, i.e. programmes with (predominantly) German as language of instruction, a sufficient German language proficiency proof is mandatory. Please see the information on the language requirements for the master's programme of your interest on the corresponding website.

The Friedrich Schiller University Jena accepts the following certificates as German language proficiency proof exclusively:

  • the Goethe-Zertifikat C2 (GDS),
  • the Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD II),
  • the TestDaF, minimum TDN 4 in all four parts of the examination,
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), min. level 2 (= DSH-2),
  • Certificate telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule,
  • a German language examination in the framework of an assessment test at a preparatory college.


Please note: If you do not have the required mandatory German langugae proficiency proof at the time of applying, you may only apply if you can provide a certificate attesting your German language skills at least at level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) as well as a confirmation that you have either registered for the DSH examination, the TestDaF or an equivalent examination or that you have sat it and are going to receive the results before the end of the current semester.

There is also the possibility to apply for the (chargeable) "German Language Course Preparing for the German Language Examination (DSH)" at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Please note: Prerequisites for the application for the preparatory course are language skills at least at the certificate level B1 / GER (e.g. Goethe-Zertifikat B1, TestDaF at least 4x3 and/or 800 teaching units from a recognized language school). For detailed information on the application and further information, please visit the website of the International Office or contact the International Office directly via Mail.

Shortly before taking the DSH-2-Examination or after successfully passing it, you are welcome to apply for a German taught master's programme!

The following applicants are exempted from providing proof of their German language skills:

  • Applicants, who have obtained a German taught bachelor's degree within one of the following countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. This applies only to degrees that were awarded by a university in the relevant country (no satellite campuses or international branch campuses in other countries, no correspondence course degrees, no joint- or double-degrees with institutions in other countries);
  • Holders of a German, Austrian or Swiss (from school where the language of instruction is German) university entrance qualification.
Translation of foreign/external application documents Show content

Every mandatory application document from foreign/external countries must also be available in either English OR German translation. Such a translation has to be conducted by officially acknowledged/ sworn translators or translation offices.

Proof of grading system Show content

External/foreign degree certificates/ transcripts of records must contain information on the grading system used at the respective University.

Certificate APS Show content

Applicants with degrees from Mongolia, Vietnam or China must submit the original APS-certificate issued by the German Embassy.

University entrance exam Show content

Applicants from the following countries must submit a certificate of their university entrance examination/college entrance examination:

  • Iran (College entrance examination certificate or certificate of pre-university course/year)
  • Republic of Korea/South Korea: SAT (Scholastic Ability Test)
  • People's Republic of China: College entrance examination certificate ("Gaokao")
Subject Advisor - Dr. Susann Schäfer
Löbdergraben 32
07743 Jena
Phone
+49 3641 9-48834
Master Service Centre
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Phone
+49 3641 9-411555
Fax
+49 3641 9-411552
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