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Geography, Department

Fachbereich 11: Geowissenschaften / Geographie at the Uni Frankfurt a.M.

Inst. f. Humangeographie / Institut für Physische Geographie

  • Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6, PEG-Gebäude
  • 60629 Frankfurt a.M.
  • Phone: +49 69 798-35162 /-40155
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Basic information

Total number of students 640
Number of master degree students 212
Percentage of teaching by practitioners 11.0 %

Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase 12/14 points

Results of study

Graduations in appropriate time, undergraduate degrees 81.2 %
Graduations in appropriate time, master's 23.5 %

International orientation

International orientation, bachelor's 2/9 points
International orientation, master's 5/9 points
Outgoing students 4.0 %

Job market- and career-orientation

Contact with work environment, bachelor's 8/12 points
Contact with work environment, master's 7/12 points
Bachelor theses in cooperation with work environment 20.5 %
Master theses in cooperation with work environment 21.9 %
Share of professors with work experience


Publications per academic 1.1
Third party funds per academic 50.5 T€
Doctorates per professor 0.8
Research reputation 33.6 %

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support 2.1
Support in studies 1.9
Courses offered 2.6
Study organisation 1.8
Exams 2.5
Excursions 2.1
Research orientation 2.1
Job market preparation 2.7
Support for stays abroad rank group not assignable
Rooms 1.5
Library 1.8
IT-infrastructure 1.9 *
Overall study situation 2.1

Students' assessments on Teacher Qualification degree courses

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Teacher qualification

Teacher qualification students 760
Teacher qualification programmes teacher qualification degree courses are offered
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Teacher Qualification Monitor (in German) Link

Degree courses without details

Further degree courses of the department none
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Further information provided by the department

  • Special features regarding teaching
    The department works on research projects around the world, which the students are involved in (see international orientation). Close link between research and teaching; Students are gradually introduced to the institute’s research interests. Integration of theoretical and practical phases via high proportion of project work. Optimum support structure with 2 study career managers (human geography + physical geography). Wide range of field trips on offer. An extensive ERASMUS programme with 29 partner universities gives students a wide range of options for stays abroad. Assistant professors with experience in practice.
  • Special features regarding the international orientation
    The department works on research projects worldwide, involving students and international researchers. An extensive ERASMUS programme with 29 partner universities contributes to internationalisation. International work placements are promoted. In addition, many international researchers work as part of scholarships and fellowships. The department also organises international summer schools for researchers and students, such as ‘DAAD GeoTraining’, in which 30 international students and postgraduates take part each year.
  • Exchange universities for stay abroads
    Uni Toronto, Kanada; Uni Paris Diderot, Frankreich; Uni Mailand, Italien; Uni Plymouth, Großbritannien; Lund Universität, Schweden; Uni Helsinki, Finnland; Uni Porto, Portugal; Uni Sevilla, Spanien; Uni Danzig, Polen; Uni Budapest, Ungarn
  • Special features regarding the equipment
    Located in newly-added (2005 and 2012) buildings with the very latest equipment in all departments, including a PC centre and WiFi; Excellent specialist libraries; Own web portal "GeoStud" for students; Pedological and micro-morphological laboratory; Remote sensing/GIS lab; Reflection spectrometer; Portable weather stations; Use of mass spectrometer and X-ray diffractometer.
  • Support for founders
    The Department of Geosciences/Geography cooperates closely with the Goethe-Unibator (Goethe University incubator), which supports graduates and academic staff on the transition into self-employment. The Goethe-Unibator provides support to students and staff members of the university who are seeking to turn knowledge gained in their studies and resulting ideas into marketable products and services and start their own business on that basis. The university thus has a vibrant and well-established culture of entrepreneurship.
  • Characteristics of assistance to differently abled persons
    On our website www.geostud.de, the Geography degree portal at Frankfurt, in the section on accessible education, we provide information on all means of support available to students with permanent health impairments. The guideline on studying with disabilities (“Studieren mit Behinderungen”) is an important instrument in this area. The students also receive individual advice and support in all matters relating to organising their studies, including possible reasonable adjustments for examinations or hardship applications.
  • Characteristics of diversity advancement
    In its efforts to improve research and teaching, the Department of Geosciences/Geography is committed to the advancement of women, gender equality, increasing diversity and reducing discrimination. The department strives to increase the proportion of women among its postdocs and holding professorships. Support is available for fathers working in the department. Improved conditions for students with health impairments are being developed. The department has drawn up an equal opportunity plan for 2017-2022 and the Gender Equality and Action Plan 2015-2017.
  • Other special features
    Excellent university contacts abroad (Madrid, Lisbon, Moscow, Cape Town, Lomé, Bangui, Accra, Cotonou); Worldwide research projects: Russia, USA/Mexico, Africa, Middle East.; Own society "Geoprax" for alumni work; Internship portal; Mentoring/tutoring programme; Module ‘career practice’ with work placement and seminar in the Bachelor’s and Master’s courses. Well-equipped specialised didactics
  • Further information on research activities
  • Further information about study entry phase
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