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Geography, Department

Fakultät Chemie und Geowissenschaften at the Uni Heidelberg

Geographisches Institut

  • Berliner Straße 48
  • 69120 Heidelberg
  • Phone: +49 6221 54-4570
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Basic information

Total number of students 930
Percentage of teaching by practitioners 25.0 %
Percentage of teaching by practitioners, master's 30.0 %

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 78.5 %
Graduations in appropriate time, master's 15.3 %

Job market- and career-orientation

Contact with work environment, bachelor's 8/12 points
Contact with work environment, master's 8/12 points
Bachelor theses in cooperation with work environment 11.7 %
Master theses in cooperation with work environment 34.4 %


Publications per academic 3.0
Third party funds per academic 92.3 T€
Doctorates per professor 1.0
Research reputation 35.5 %

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support 2.1
Support in studies 2.1
Courses offered 2.0
Study organisation 1.9
Exams 2.2
Excursions 2.1
Research orientation 2.0
Job market preparation 2.2
Support for stays abroad 1.7
Rooms 2.6
Library 1.8
IT-infrastructure 2.1
Overall study situation 2.1

Degree courses with details

Teacher qualification

Teacher qualification students 331
Teacher qualification programmes TQ degrees: Two-Subject-Bachelor, Master of Education, State Exam
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Teacher Qualification Monitor (in German) Link

Degree courses without details

Further degree courses of the department
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Further information provided by the department

  • Special features regarding teaching
    Broad positioning of the subject in all subfields of geography (geoinformatics, human geography, physical geography, social/environmental research); integrative approach in theory, methods and application; English-language and interdisciplinary courses; courses from the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Heidelberg Center for the Environment; courses from the Master's degree courses Governance of Risks and Resources (in Chile) and Geoarchaeology, Regional Governance; international teaching cooperation (4EU+, e.g. Prague, Paris, Milan).
  • Exchange universities for stay abroads
    University Bergen, Norwegen; Stockholm University, Schweden; Loughborough University, Großbritannien; Charles University Prague, Tschechien; Paris Diderot, Frankreich; Eötvös Lorand University Budapest, Ungarn; Universidad de Salamanca, Spanien; Universitatea Bukaresti, Rumänien; Universidad Nacional de Colombia; Universidad Católica de Chile, University of Illinois Urabana-Champaign, USA
  • Special features regarding the equipment
    Excellently equipped laboratory for soil, water and sediment samples: including (solid) AAS, CNS, (fluorescence) photometer, microscopy with digital microscope. Image processing, susceptibility determination for sediment cores, soil physics; 48-channel refraction seismics, geoelectrics, geomagnetics, electromagnetics, total station, DGPS, drilling platform, mobile X-ray fluorescence analysis, drilling equipment, hydro-climatic field station (outdoor laboratory); luminescence laboratory (dating of soils and sediments). LiDAR Lab; 3D measurement systems (terrestrial laser scanners, low-cost 3D scanners), laser scanning drone, RTK GNSS; SozioLab.
  • Special features regarding research activities
    Strong networking with interdisciplinary centres of the university, e.g. through bridge professorships; Heidelberg Centre for the Environment, Heidelberg Centre for American Studies, South Asia Institute, Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Computing, HCIAS; international orientation of research (e.g. China, Taiwan, Mongolia, India, USA & Canada, Latin America, Middle East); affiliated institute Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology HeiGIT; interdisciplinary/international networking in the focus area of geoarchaeology; TdLab: Transdisciplinary research and teaching with a focus on climate change
  • Other special features
    Intensive linking of research and teaching, e.g. by integrating courses into ongoing research projects, e.g. in the context of field placements (research-based learning); innovative university teaching in geography (teaching space geography, e-learning offers), development and implementation of research-oriented teaching concepts; interdisciplinary research and teaching, e.g. in the association of the Heidelberg Centre for the Environment; extensive map collection; annual graduation ceremony for alumni cultivation (cooperation with Heidelberg Geographical Society); student internship initiative.
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Last update 2021: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education.
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