Master’s degree in Human Geography, Planning and Healthy Territories

General Objectives of the Course

- To provide students with relevant theoretical and methodological tools for action on key issues and subjects that are part Human Geography as a dynamic and ever-changing field of study and research in today's world.
- To prepare experts capable of identifying the main territorial problems affecting current development models.
- To provide experts with practical resources and instruments that enable an effective intervention in areas ranging from rural to urban spaces, on several scales of analysis.

Admission Requirements

Students who meet the following criteria may apply to this program: a) Hold a bachelor's degree in Geography and Land Management, Tourism, Territory and Heritage, Sociology, Archaeology, European Studies, History, Modern Languages of the University of Coimbra or European universities; b) bachelor's degree or professional experience considered adequate.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Professional Goals

Given the duties and responsibilities of the Geographer (Order No. 20 160/2001 - 2nd Series), this 2nd cycle broadens and increases the knowledge and skills necessary for working in the local municipal councils, coordination and regional development committees at the regional level and even in central government bodies of cities and planning, regional development, environment, land use, agriculture and rural development as well as in private companies that perform work in the environmental field and land planning and management.

Mode of Study


Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese Language

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

- Ability to collect, process and analyze spatial qualitative, quantitative and cartographic data respecting the environment and territorial planning.
- Ability to analyze the main current development problems, within multiple geographic scales.
- Ability to understand the significance of the environment and land use planning as a problem and a potential.
- Ability to analyze recent major territorial dynamics.
- Ability to forecast future trends in territorial dynamics.
- Organization of responses and tools for action on the imbalances in territorial development.

Course Coordinator(s)

Rui Jorge Gama Fernandes

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Isabel Maria Rodrigues de Paiva

Recognition of Prior Learning

According to the Credits for Previous Learning and Work Experience Policy of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The legal framework for the qualification is established by the Decree-Law nr 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording; and Ordinance nr 782/2009, 23rd July.

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of all program requirements, including the presentation and public defense of a thesis, a project or an internship report, obtaining a total of 120 ECTS.

Access to Further Studies

PhD degree studies.

Study Programme

Human Geography, Planning and Healthy Territories

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

DGES Code: M795

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Continuity second cycle


Call for Applications (only in portuguese)


1st Semester
Start date: 10-09-2018
End date: 20-12-2018
2nd Semester
Start date: 04-02-2019
End date: 30-05-2019


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2015-04-16 a 2021-04-15
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior