Experience reports from graduates
"At the moment, I am still writing my bachelor's thesis and would like to start the master's program "Geographies of Globalization" at the Goethe University Frankfurt afterwards. I found the study conditions in Bayreuth ideal, because you can meet familiar faces everywhere on campus. With the botanical garden and the Glashaus there are moreover two places for relaxation directly on the university grounds. The study program itself can be very versatile and individualized, since it includes many different areas of geography. Thanks to this, I was able to get a taste of many different fields, which helped me a lot to find out what I was really interested in. I especially enjoyed the economic geography seminars. I can only recommend studying at the GIB due to its familiar atmosphere, the close contact one can have with lecturers, and the Glashaus, which is the perfect place for coffee or tea breaks with friends right next door."
Patricia Hartmann (Study program: Geography B.Sc.)
Environmental Geography M.Sc.
"I am working as a freelance journalist after having graduated from the Master’s programme Environmental Geography. This study programme helped me gain a deep knowledge of environmental topics such as climate change and the ecosystem of the planet in general. For my work, this knowledge is very useful since I am focussing on environmental journalism. A special highlight of the Master’s programme was the research trip to Namibia. Also, the possibility to choose freely between seminars and courses was a feature of the programme I really enjoyed. Since there is a very direct and personal contact between students and lecturers at GIB, I can highly recommend studying there. Furthermore, it is possible to specialize in a variety of fields. Another point making the programme a very attractive one is the short way to Glashaus and the ecological-botanical garden as well as University of Bayreuth as a campus university per se. The city of Bayreuth offers lots of spare time activities thanks to the short distance to the mountains (Fichtelgebirge), Franconian Switzerland and to various lakes in the surrounding area. With lots of pubs, cafés and parks you can find everything that a student`s heart desires."
Leonie Fößel (Year of graduation: 2019, study program: Environmental geography)
"In my PhD at WWU in Münster I quantify current and future Wildfire Hazard Potential for Germany based on satellite data. Environmental remote sensing already started fascinating me during my Bachelor. With the Environmental Geography Master I found a program that features both strong methods courses as well as a large variety of physical and human geography. This combination gave me the freedom to select courses following my interests, not some strict curriculum. It allowed me to strengthen my statistics and remote sensing methods while deepening my understanding for processes in the biosphere with a focus on forests. I feel well prepared now for my PhD and any future task in this field. Studying at GIB you benefit from the course-pool of multiple geo-related Master programs as well as a generous ratio of lecturers to students. On top, Bayreuth offers a buzzing university campus, afforable living and endless outdoor activities nearby."
Johannes Heisig (Year of graduation: 2020, study program: Environmental Geography)
Humangeographie - Stadt- und Regionalforschung M.Sc.
"Since April 2018 I have been responsible for an inter-municipal association consisting of six municipalities. As an alliance manager, I actively support the communities on a wide variety of topics and strengthen regional development in rural areas. It is a very varied job that affects many topics, from health care and services of general interest to climate protection, brownfield development, hiking and cycling path expansion, broadband expansion, tourism, event management and administrative activities what makes the job really exciting. The cooperation between the municipalities is based on an ILEK (integrated rural development concept). I implement the projects in this concept together with the municipalities, mayors, citizens and working groups. With the master "Humangeographie – Stadt- und Regionalentwicklung " I was able to pursue my own interests through the possibility of various elective modules. Exercises such as project management and moderation techniques that I learned at the institute can now be used excellently in looking after working groups and volunteers. As an additional course, I chose environmental law, which taught me more about the legal fundamentals of public law and administrative law. I found the six-month study project particularly exciting, in which I was able to take a practical look at civic participation in municipalities and got to know a wide variety of stakeholders. These topics are exactly the same that now accompany me on a daily basis in my job. Theoretical fundamentals such as Zentrale-Orte-Theory deal with the municipalities again and again, for example when it comes to services of general interest. The big excursion to Portugal was also a special highlight for me that I will not forget. Student life in Bayreuth was very familiar for me and both fellow students and lecturers always had an open ear. There is no shortage of leisure activities and excursion options here. My favorite places on campus were the botanical garden and the Frischraum - a great place with opportunities to meet and with delicious, fresh food".
Hannah Grübl (Year of graduation 2018, study program: Humangeographie – Stadt und Regionalforschung)
"I have been working for a real estate investor in Frankfurt for one year as an analyst in the purchasing department. In addition to commercial calculations, I am involved in market, location and property analyses of commercial real estate throughout Germany. Similar to my studies of "Humangeographie – Stadt- und Regionalforschung", complex and project-based questions are usually part of the day-to-day business, which are developed by an interdisciplinary team of business people, lawyers, architects and geographers. Especially for the above mentioned activities, a spatial perspective is often helpful in order to understand the countless properties as well as their markets and locations faster and better.This versatility has also been reflected within my studies, where my fellow students and I were able to pursue our own interests and passions in various fields and were supported in doing so at all times - in my case this was geographic real estate research. We were also always ready to discuss individual solutions, which, for example, made it possible to agree on a study and internship. In addition, Bayreuth was a great place to study. The city and the university have already merged together, offering a great cultural program, affordable housing, close proximity to nature and a refreshing contrast to the big city."
Adnan Mazgic (Year of graduation: 2019, study program: Humangeographie Stadt- und Regionalforschung)
"The master's degree program in Humangeographie Stadt- und Regionalforschung" at the University of Bayreuth has brought me forward both personally and professionally. Through an internship during my studies, I was given the opportunity to work in city marketing in Bayreuth since October 2019. There I work together with the city management team on the inner-city development of the city of Bayreuth, with a focus on the local retail trade and the city experience.
I can profitably apply my professional knowledge from my studies there. With the help of the theoretical basics I have learned, I am able to look at various issues from a spatial science perspective and, for example, to play a significant role in shaping the image of the city. During my studies, however, there was also a very large proportion of practice-oriented project seminars and excursions, which provided new insights and experiences in various professional fields and research areas of human geography - which I personally appreciated very much and from which I also benefited.
My studies in Bayreuth were more than just the completion of my master's degree, it was an inspiring period of my life that has decisively shaped my professional and personal path. The university supported me at all times with advice and practical help, offered me a lot of freedom regarding the determination of my study focus and always maintained a very familiar relationship between students and teaching staff.
The city of Bayreuth also offers everything a student's heart desires: a wide range of high and sub-culture, a variety of leisure activities and many quaint pubs and bars with typical Upper Franconian charm."
Sascha Diemer (Year of graduation: 2020, study program: Humangeographie: Stadt- und Regionalforschung)