Master in Geography and Spatial Planning (académique)

Diana from Lithuania, Alumni 2014

Master’s studies in Geography and Spatial Planning offers you high quality studies hold by the University’s own teaching staff and external lecturers and experts coming from various universities, European and other institutions.
The study programme is challenging, however bringing incredible experiences while discovering new subjects and gaining information during the lectures, conferences, seminars, workshops and even field trips.
Moreover, this academic study programme offers you qualitative and quantitative discourses and provides lectures in urban studies, spatial planning, territorial governance and policy analysis, cartography and GIS (Geographical Information Systems), projects and practice, quantitative spatial analysis, geographical modelling etc.

An international environment, high qualified lecturers and their engaging lectures, small work groups, an opportunity to deepen language skills and a chance to have a valuable internship that might be a bridge to your future career  – these are all advantages of Master’s studies in Geography and Spatial Planning and also the reasons why I have chosen to study it.
I do appreciate the hard work that our professors and other lecturers / experts have done in order to enlighten us and to share their valuable knowledge. It was an honour to study this great programme and I do recommend it to anyone who is not scared to face challenges and who is ready to open the gates to an incredible world of knowledge!

Bernadette from Ireland, Alumni 2013

I chose to study the Master in Geography and Spatial Planning to complement my existing BSc in Spatial Planning. I chose this programme because it offers courses in European Governance and spatial planning and spatial analysis. These courses have provided me with skills to understand the complex governance processes, to better grasp spatial planning from a European perspective, and to analyse spatial development patterns. I believe these skills will greatly benefit me in my career as a spatial planner.

Some of the additional benefits of this course include: teaching staff with research and practical backgrounds, thereby providing a mix of theoretical, research-based, and practical approaches; small class size and direct contact with professors; a multi-cultural learning environment featuring a diverse mix of students from different countries and different backgrounds.
The course also gave me with the opportunity to attend a summer school in Shanghai for one month to study sustainable urban and rural planning there. I would recommend the Master in Geography and Spatial Planning to anyone wishing to pursue studies in this area. The course is challenging but enjoyable and the university offers good facilities to its students.

Mirjam from Germany, Alumni 2012

What I appreciate the most is the methodological and academic nature of the Master’s which opens up the opportunity to students to find work afterwards in both “academia” as well as ”the professional world”. I especially gained qualifications in quantitative geography and analysis such as statistics and modelling as well as GIS. Further, tools related to qualitative geographical analysis such as spatial governance and European policies are covered which are most practical for a wide range of possible future jobs. During my two years of study, I was given the chance to specialise more and more on courses and research topics most interesting to me.

The University of Luxembourg is well-known for its multicultural study environment and especially this Master’s programme taught me how to collaborate in English in multicultural teams. I find its familiar atmosphere and the intense contact between research/teaching staff and students to be major distinctions to other programmes. Through workshops, conferences, an internship or mobility semester and seminars also frequently held by external experts I already gained insight into work practices and a far-reaching academic network during my studies.
As a current PhD student at the University of Luxembourg I’m glad to have chosen this Master’s which provided me with relevant skills and spatial analysis tools I needed and gave me the opportunity to get in touch with open-minded students from many different countries.

Nathalie from Luxembourg, Alumni 2011

My name is Nathalie and I'm a master student at uni.lu. Our MAGEO program is a special program because students come from different countries, which is an advantage to get to know the different cultures and to speak English during studying time. The main benefit is the fact that we get in touch with lectors of different offices in order to learn more about the practical use of spatial planning.
I studied in Trier (Germany) before and I appreciate the small number of students and the facilities we have at uni.lu. It is easier for the professors to look after each student and therefore you can get a detailed knowledge of each subject.
My plans for the future are not clear yet, but by the internships I'll make up my mind.
As I come from Luxemburg I know our city for a long time, the most fascinating about it is the multicultural lifestyle even tough it's a small city. 

Laurent from Luxembourg, Alumni 2010

This Master gives you as a student the opportunity to improve your knowledge in the field of spatial development in the European Union and its Member States. By analyzing several EU documents and the mechanism of spatial development in the EU, you get an idea how spatial development strategies are implemented in the several Member States. This Master also teaches you how to conduct a scientific research by using different research methods in order to create your own study on a topic related to spatial development. Additionally to the main courses which are held in English, English lessons are offered on a regularly base every week which will considerably improve your English skills. The environment where this master takes place is also highly interesting due to the fact that students from all over Europe take part in this particular course and this gives you the possibility to get to know different cultures and to learn how to work in a group in a multicultural environment.

Marion from France, Alumni 2009

I am pleased to have done this Master, because it gave me many skills I now need to achieve my PhD: a better general understanding of the European Union and its system of governance, about how spatial planning looks beyond the French borders, about the specific issues of border territories, and the need for a multiscalar analysis in Europe. But the main advantage of the Master remains, for me, its training in "quantitative geography": spatial analysis, data analysis, modeling, informatics softwares of statistics, cartography, GIS learning . The MAGEO offers you the opportunity to direct your formation toward both "professional” or “academic” world. After one year, I’ve realized that I wanted to go further in the geographical research area: my current PhD on the territorial internationalization within the 4 countries of the Greater Region looks like the logical…

Niall from Ireland, Alumni 2010

The applied nature of the MAGEO was challenging and enriching. My academic supervisors made a conscious attempt to upskill my colleagues and I (writing, public speaking, languages, etc.); this process was extremely beneficial. I think the international environment of the faculty was my favorite part of the masters – it was great to be able to experience such a relatively enlightened place. My plan is to use my great qualifications to work in the area of Transport. I realise that the many things I learnt in Walferdange genuinely prepared me for the professional world and beyond. The city of Luxembourg is at the social, cultural, and economic crossroads of the EU–I used it as a platform to travel and live on the privileged continent of Europe. No regrets. I realise this is a testimonial and many clichés are provided, but I don’t think there is a better masters I could have chosen to do.

Pascal from Luxembourg, Alumni 2010

The Master offers various advantages for students. First at all, it is located in Luxembourg, one of the founding members of the European Union and hence the domicile of many European organizations and institutions (EUROSTAT, ESPON…). This situation offers an excellent opportunity to get in contact with those institutions, realize internships and maybe prepare the further job career. Secondly, the Master is diversified and provides insights in a wide range of different qualitative and qualitative research methods. The work at various scales (local, regional and European) helps to better understand certain phenomena.
The biggest advantage of this Master constitutes, besides the conceptual background, its very practical approach. During interviews, conferences and lessons students get in touch with different actors from ministries, European organizations, research centers, NGOs… This offers consequently an excellent chance for students to get in contact with potential further employers. Finally, due to its variety, this Master gives access to a wide range of different jobs. Personally, I found a job in a Luxemburgish company as a consultant for transport and logistic companies only a few months after I graduated. Conclusion: I would recommend it!