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  5. Uni Osnabrück
  6. Fachbereich 1 Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften
2019 / 20
CHE University Ranking
Geography, Department

Fachbereich 1 Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften

Institut für Geographie

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Basic information

Total number of students 550
Number of master degree students 169
Percentage of teaching by practitioners 24.0 %

Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase 7/14 points

Results of study

Graduations in appropriate time, undergraduate degrees 70.0 % *
Graduations in appropriate time, master's no data available

International orientation

International orientation, bachelor's 1/9 points
International orientation, master's 1/9 points
Outgoing students 0.0 %

Job market- and career-orientation

Contact with work environment, bachelor's 6/12 points
Contact with work environment, master's 6/12 points
Bachelor theses in cooperation with work environment 17.0 %
Master theses in cooperation with work environment 40.4 %
Share of professors with work experience 16.0 %


Publications per academic 0.6
Third party funds per academic 39.9 T€
Doctorates per professor 0.2
Research reputation 2.8 %

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support 2.3
Support in studies 2.3
Courses offered 3.0
Study organisation 2.2
Exams 2.8
Excursions 2.4
Research orientation 2.4
Job market preparation 3.1
Support for stays abroad 2.3
Rooms 1.9
Library 2.1
IT-infrastructure 2.3 *
Overall study situation 2.2

Students' assessments on Teacher Qualification degree courses

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Support in studies
Courses offered
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Teacher qualification

Teacher qualification students 110
Teacher qualification programmes teacher qualification degree courses are offered
Teacher qualification centre Link
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
    Excursion (day excursions mandatory in all courses, option to go on multi-day excursions, major excursion mandatory in the teacher training master's); Study projects (small study project mandatory in the 2-subject bachelor's with main subject geography, large study project mandatory in the specialist master's "economic and social geography"); Colloquia as a form of teaching from the 1st semester; Setup of an central "degree course management" office for the organisation and coordination of all geography courses;
  • Further information about study entry phase
  • Special features regarding the international orientation
    Large study projects and excursions to various destinations around the world;
  • Common partner universities for exchange
    Université de Franche-Comté, Frankreich; Universität Bern, Schweiz; Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Tschechien; Ankara Üniversitesi, Türkei; The University of Manchester, Vereinigtes Königreich; University of Hull, Vereinigtes Königreich
  • Special features regarding the equipment
    Excellent IT equipment with CIP pool and mobile empirical laboratory for project classes and final dissertations (laptops, projectors, mobile printer, recording device, cameras, presentation equipment); Collection of maps; Physical-geographical laboratory for soil and water analysis; Own study library in the building, central university library within walking distance.
  • Website with further information on research activities
  • Support for founders
    Start-ups are the subject of a regular event in the Geography Colloquium and part of a course in the specialised Master’s programme "Economic and Social Geography";
  • Other special features
    At the Osnabrück Department of Geography, we attach particular importance to individual and intensive supervision of students in small learning groups, where this is still possible despite the increasing number of students, and qualified feedback for achievements. Relations between teachers and students and among students themselves are very cohesive. The faculty student council plays an important role in representing student interests and stimulating campus social life. We try to preserve our traditional ‘family’-type study environment in this way.
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Last update 2018: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education, Germany.
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