Location: Lithuania, Klaipeda
Type: Bachelor, full-time
Nominal duration: 1.5 years (90 ECTS)
Study language: English
Awards: MSc (Master of Social Sciences)
Tuition fee: €1860
Application fee: The Application fee for degree study programmes is for citizens of the EU member states or countries of the European Economic Area (Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Belarus, Armenia, and Azerbaijan), as well as those who have a permanent residence permit in the Republic of Lithuania: €55. For other students: €150. (Application fee is non refundable).
Application deadline: June 30
Online application: https://apply.ku.lt/
Studies commence: September 2
Master in Human Geography
The programme aims to prepare highly qualified specialists in human geography and, by developing their competences oriented towards knowledge economy, to study the issues of the development of Lithuanian society and economy and to apply the principles of sustainability to the solution of spatial problems in the context of the Baltic Sea Region and the EU member states.
The studies will provide knowledge about
- Qualitative and quantitative methodology of social research, geographic research methodology for public surveys, the intensity of social and environmental processes, their causes, consequences, and interconnections, organisation of social surveys, and different complex territorial research;
- The aims and objectives of the EU regional policy for Lithuania and the Baltic Sea Region, various socio-economic processes, the competitiveness of European states (regions), and regional development problems and alternatives;
- Geographic information systems (GIS), Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS), geodatabase studies, application of cartographic methods, the values of modelled processes in the analysis of social spatial processes, and GIS remote sensing methods in the analysis of spatial (territorial) processes;
- The intensity of national economic relations and international trade, the indices of socio-economic development, competitiveness, the impact of globalisation on national socio-economic systems, and scenarios of national (regional) development;
- Formation of a strategic approach to decision making;
- The latest development trends in urban development, in the economic sectors of maritime transport, recreation, and tourism, the issues, conflicts, and alternatives of spatial development, and the significance of human geography for problem solution;
- Recent scientific research problems in the study field, the elements of theory and practice, and the issues of the latest social and economic development processes.
The structure of the curriculum
The key courses taught in the study programme include Theory and Methodology of Human Geography, Spatial Statistics, World Economics and International Relations, EU Geography, Maritime Economy Geography, Urbanisation and Urban Geography, Recreation and Tourism Geography, Drafting of Regional Development Projects, Baltic Sea Region Studies, Health Geography, Intro to Globalisation, Work with GIS: Analysis and Mapping, Modelling of Environmental and Social Processes by GIS.
The academic staff teaching in the programme include both Lithuanian scientists and specialists and professors from universities in Germany and France.
During the studies, students can take part in the competition for KU Erasmus + programme and study the courses of human geography in foreign universities with which Erasmus + programme cooperation agreements have been concluded:
University of Gdansk, Poland;
University of Oradea, Romania;
University of Uludag, Turkey;
Universities of Turku and Joensuu, Finland;
University of Tübingen, Germany
University of Trieste, Italy
Aix-Marseille and Le Havre Universities, France;
Plovdiv University, Bulgaria.
Laimonas Beteika: the studies of human geography were interesting, contemporary, and valuable. The practicality was manifested in the application of science to the solution of real life problems and in excellent conditions for studies, consultations, and our own initiative in lectures and seminars. The key aspect in master’s degree studies was not the abundant knowledge, but the developed ability to apply that knowledge and to work and improve independently. A friendly and competent academic staff team of the Department, industrious and creative atmosphere, and generation of innovative ideas left a good impression on us. Special thanks to the Department of Social Geography of KU.
Kristina Ramanauskaitė: the master’s degree studies of human geography made it possible to deepen the knowledge of geography acquired in the undergraduate studies and to get acquainted with new programmes that can be applied in the future. The duration of the studies, i.e. 1,5 years, is a very positive aspect.