Master in Human Geography: Globalization, Society and Territory

Master Cordination: Professor Eduardo Brito Henriques

Coordination of the 2nd cycle: Professor Doutora Ana Ramos Pereira


The Master in Human Geography: Globalization, Society and Territory is a course accredited by the A3ES – ACEF / 1516/18097, and its study plan was approved by Order no. 1396/2018, of February 8

Rules of the Master in Human Geography: Globalization, Society and Territory – Order no. 3947/2018. D.R. No. 76/2018, Series II, 2018-04-18.

The cycle of master’s studies in Human Geography: Globalization, Society and Territory is a novelty of IGOT’s 2nd cycle training offer, resulting from the reform of its previous master’s degree course in the scientific area of Human Geography (Population, Society and Territory ).

Assuming an eminently critical orientation in the approach to spatial processes, the course adds to the intersection of Social Geography with Political Geography (in articulation with the economic dimension), the view of Cultural Geography, making the analysis of problems more complete and give answer. By reinforcing training in methods (qualitative, quantitative and cartographic) and introducing the possibility of curricular stages as an alternative to theses, it reinforces students’ practical skills and supports their experimentation in the work context.


The specific objectives of the master course provide the students of various disciplines, obtaining specific skills and integrated into the advanced training level, with a strong theoretical, methodological and critical reflection component, possibly in a practical application context, emphasizing the following Domains:

  1. The dynamics of contemporary spatial organization in the context of globalization and global-local relations;
  2. The processes and expressions of spatial injustice and urban segregation;
  3. The changes in the economy and the environment and their territorial repercussions at different scales;
  4. Conflicts associated with changes in geopolitics and in the processes of competition for the various resources;
  5. The trends of population mobility and migration and the construction of culturally diverse territories;
  6. The cultural production of landscapes in their material, textual and performative dimensions, and the symbolic, experiential and emotional senses of space and place;
  7. The way in which changes in social organization and spatial organization are articulated.

Professional outputs

In the Master’s Degree Program in Human Geography: Globalization, Society and Territory, training is geared towards two types of professional output: researchers and professionals in regional and urban planning and development, with a solid theoretical background, attentive to the cultural diversity of contemporary societies and with a high sense of social responsibility in the practices of intervention in the territory. Employers are public and private consulting, planning and spatial planning bodies, NGOs, as well as research entities.

IGOT has a set of protocols of cooperation with several public and private entities that provide professional internships.

Regulation of Internship of IGOT Masters students – Consult Forms and Regulations