Ph.D. in Social Geography and Regional Development


Program Description

The subject of study is the geographical organization of society and its development. The courses on offer are particularly concerned with the following themes: analytical and synthetic evaluation of the system of settlement and the process of urbanization; hierarchical organization of regions; territorial differentiation of social and economic phenomena and identification of the role of their conditioning factors.

In terms of its applied dimension, this study relates to problems of regional development, administrative division and locational aspects of various socio-economic phenomena. Special importance is ascribed to the study of the interaction between society and its environment including related problems of social ecology.

Further and more specific study opportunities are offered in connection with themes from a number of subdisciplines of socio-economic geography such as structure and development of migration relationships and their motivation (population geography); land use (geography of agriculture); locational factors (geography of industry) and hierarchical differentiation of service facilities of centers (geography of services).

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

The entrance exam is a one-round in the form of an interview. Based on a written request submitted electronically together with the application but no later than by 19 May 2019, the Dean may permit the entrance examination to take place via information and communication technology, but only for serious and documented reasons such as health or study abroad.

During the entrance examination, the candidate must demonstrate the technical and linguistic skills to study the given program, along with attributes necessary for scientific work. The examination is graded with a maximum of 100 points, of which 10 points are awarded as a bonus for giving a more specific idea of the study content and planned dissertation work in the voluntary application appendix, including the dissertation topic, a brief annotation, the anticipated supervising department and the consent of a specific supervisor to supervise such doctoral project.

Conditions for admission

Admission to Doctoral studies is conditioned by the successful completion of a Master's study program.

Verification method: entrance exam
Confirmation date (of entrance exam) from: 17.06.2019 until: 28.06.2019
Alternative date (of entrance exam) from: 08.07.2019 until: 19.07.2019

Rules governing exemption from entrance examination

The entrance exam may be waived based on a written request from the candidate, provided they have successfully applied for a STARS project in the given academic year. Such a request, along with documentation that the conditions have been met, must be submitted (but not electronically) by 19 May 2019.

Career Prospect

This graduate is well-prepared for creative and scientific work in a team or as an individual. He/she is capable of analyzing components of the socio-geographical environment, and comprehensively analyzing and evaluating its changing spatial organization as well as interactions between social and natural conditions, socio-economic and socio-cultural systems, all of this through the utilization of GIS. He/she is able to outline scientific research on regional development at various spatial levels. He/she is also prepared to advise on policy-making and commercial activities, and be involved in public administration, planning and consulting, e.g. in regional and urban development, suburbanization, peripheral areas, population mobility, the location of economic activities, market research, at the national, European, and global levels.

Last updated Jan 2020

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