Geography in Aachen

The Geographical Institute of RWTH Aachen University teaches the basic principles of modern geographic education in the bachelor's programme. A focus is possible at the end of the programme.

The basics of a scientific and at the same time professional geographic education at the RWTH Aachen include:

  • Physical geography,
  • Economic geography,
  • Cultural geography and the
  • Methodical training

In addition, the RWTH's scientific and technical-engineering specialization offers a wide range of opportunities for specialization in minor subjects that are not available at other universities in this way.

In the master's program, the knowledge gained in the bachelor's program is deepened. There are several opportunities for further study in the master's programs in Applied Geography and Economic Geography. Depending on the choice of geography module, minor subject and supplementary modules from other RWTH-specific subjects, students can form an individual, job-oriented study profile.

There are several specialization opportunities in the Master's Program Applied Geography.

Building on the elective modules

  • Applied Urban Geography,
  • Applied landscape system analysis,
  • Applied Climatology and Modeling,
  • as well as an economic geographic module
  • and compulsory method and excursion modules


serve a total of 9 minor subjects and an elective of 12 modules of specialization. Areas of specialization include: Biology, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Management, Special Geoecology, Hydro and Environmental Chemistry, Applied Resource and Environmental Geology, Economics, Law, Urban and Urban Transport, Urban Planning, Urban Water Management, Contaminated Land Management, Raw Materials Supply, Remote Sensing, Area classification and management, computer science.

There are several specialization options in the master program Economic Geography, based on the following compulsory elective modules:

  • Industry and innovation
  • Commerce, finance, real estate, communication
  • Logistics and transport
  • and a module of Applied Geography
  • and compulsory method and excursion modules.

Provided minor subjects are: waste management and environmental technology, raw materials supply of industrialized countries, computer science, transport, economics and economic history, urban and urban transport II, urban water management. Elective Modules: Applied Geography, Technology and Spatial Development, Telecommunications Services, Business and Technology Planning in Transport, Logistics, Economics and Economic History, Administrative Law, Business Development, Cross-border Relations, and Land Recycling and Land Use Management.

In both master's programs, students must complete an internship during their studies and complete a master's thesis in the last semester.