HUGE - Master's in Human Geography: Career prospects
The flexibility of the programme’s second year, and the option of including an internship in Sweden or abroad, makes it possible for you to tailor your education towards particular professions. The flexibility of the programme, and the Department of Human Geography’s commitment to critical and independent scholarship, also makes the master programme an ideal platform if you want to prepare for a research career – or simply to pursue a human-geographical topic that engages you.
Human geography allowed me to both enhance my knowledge about social, environmental and economic challenges that European cities and regions face and to critically rethink concepts like sustainability, social equality and innovation from various social-theoretical perspectives. The programme enabled me to focus on my special interests and supported self-study, which I highly appreciate. In the 2nd year of my MSc studies I had the option to prepare for professional life by working as a trainee at DSN, a German consulting firm in Kiel that works within the field of regional and maritime planning. Subsequent to this internship I got the opportunity to conduct my master thesis project in cooperation with DSN, where I also was employed as a student worker. This cross-border thesis writing was facilitated by the great (virtual) communication with the course coordinator and thesis supervisor at the department. Now, after my fulfilled MSc study, I have become a project research manager at DSN.
What drew me to the master programme in Human Geography was the possibility to study an almost limitless set of issues tied to how various urban and rural spaces are produced, construed, appropriated, lived, struggled over, and destroyed. I also really appreciated how teaching premiered messy, and sometimes contradictory, real processes over simplified theoretical models. During my MSc studies I got the opportunity to become a doctoral student at the Department of Human Geography. This led to my PhD thesis Fields of Green and Gold, where I analysed the planning-political mediations and conflicts set in motion as two high-end, high-profile, golf developments were established. After my PhD I won a post-doctoral stipend that allows me to further develop research on future visions for food production at the Department of Human Geography, Lund, and at the Geography Department at University of California, Berkeley.