The subject of Geography in the Master of Education degree program focuses on current research topics in areas of geography such as geomorphology, soil science, hydrogeography, climate geography and landscape ecology, population, settlement, social and economic geography as well as geographic development research.

While students in the bachelor's degree program focus on gaining subject-specific knowledge, the Master of Education degree program puts a stronger emphasis on educational sciences and subject didactics. The didactic modules address current research priorities in geography didactics from a theoretical perspective as well as with regard to their practical application. These include topics such as teacher expertise, individual learning prerequisites and school students’ interests and preconceptions. The curriculum is supplemented by basic concepts such as global learning and subject-specific work methods–e.g. learning from local/regional geography. Another focus is acquiring competencies such as spatial orientation and system competence. Additionally, the program offers an excursion module which gives students first-hand exposure to selected geographical questions and regional examples.

In teaching degree programs designed for grammar and comprehensive schools, students choose two school subjects. Thus, in addition to Geography, students are enrolled for a second subject as well as Educational Sciences. The practical semester is a key component of the degree program.


Possible lines of work:

Teaching at schools

For other possible lines of work, please refer to the Geography (MSc) degree program.

Open admission
Master of Education
Grammar/Comprehensive School
4 Semester
Winter semester

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding)

University degree (German or non-German) in a relevant discipline

German language proficiency (DSH level 3, CEFR level C2, as per DSH exam. regulations)

Other language skills: Two foreign languages (modern languages on CEFR level A2 or qualification in Latin/Greek)

Specific modules: 67 ECTS credits each in subject-knowledge/subject-didactics modules of the chosen school subjects (with 3 ECTS credits each in subject didactics) | 24 ECTS credits in educational sciences (with 3 ECTS credits on the topic of inclusion; aptitude and orientation internship as well as vocational internship) | Bachelor's thesis 7 ECTS credits

9 weeks internship, incl. 25 days at a school

At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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