The Master’s Program in Geography, has as a concentration area Geography and Environment, which is structured
in two lines of research: Transformation of landscape and space and sustainability..

The course proposal lies in the search for concrete ways of exercising interdisciplinarity in the treatment of ecological, social and cultural processes that occur in space. Therefore, the program admits candidates with degrees
in human, social and biological sciences. The convergence of the focuses of his two lines of research is due to the appreciation of the cultural and social dimension of ecological processes in the line “Transformation of the
Landscape” and in the search for the dimension of the natural environment in social relations related to
sustainability issues in the line “Space and Sustainability”.

Programs offered:

  1. Master’s degree;

  2. Doctorate;

  3. Postdoc.

This program is offered at:

  1. English;
  2. Portuguese;
  2. And spanhol.


  1. Generate new knowledge and train human resources focused on environmental research, through the bias of Geography;
  2. Promote a more integrative and complex view of society-nature relations;
  3. Encourage cooperation between researchers (teachers and students) of the lines of research, in an interdisciplinary integration (not restricted to each line), which allows the student a more comprehensive view of the environmental problem.

Registration Requirements

1. Application for admission.
2. Choice of the program to be performed.
3. Resume.
4. Declaration of the field of study and objectives to be achieved in the chosen field of research.
5. Qualification and admission exam.
6. Foreign language proficiency exam.

Areas of Concentration and Lines of Research

Areas of Concentration and Lines of Research
Search Lines:

  • Geographic Education and Citizenship
  • Landscape Transformation
  • Space and Sustainability

Information about search lines
Concentration area: Geography and Environment

Search Line: Landscape Transformation
In environmental issues in the strictest sense, a broad and proper field of geography is the process of transforming the landscape by the action of man.  This line seeks to interpret the environment seeking the relations between nature, culture and society. Through the approaches and methodology of Environmental History and Ecology, this line works with the ecological results of human transformation of ecosystems through the ages. Another dimension also contemplated in this line is that of Environmental Ethics.

Research line: Space and Sustainability
Sociospatial transformations and their related processes, in the most different scales, are the central focuses of this line of research. The articulations between changes in social, political, technological and environmental structures complex the geographic space, making it the arena of theoretical-methodological and conceptual discussions that drive the rethinking of geography about reality and the different strategies for its sustainability.

Research line: Geographic education and Citizenship
The connection between geographical science and society in general, since the nineteenth century, occurs primarily through its teaching in public, private, alternative education networks…, and the school, as an institution of Modernity, which defines daily life in diverse social nuclei, seeks to articulate, didactically, the science produced in the Academy with the social environment lived, in its various epochs and the most diverse ideological and functional perspectives.

Curriculum grid

Mandatory Disciplines:

GEO 2001 – Landscape, Space and Sustainability – 4
GEO 2002 – Theory and Epistemology of Geography – 4
GEO 3200 – Teaching Internship at Graduation – 0

Elective Disciplines of landscape transformation line
GEO 2101 – Environmental Ethics – 4
GEO 2102 – Environmental History – 4
GEO 2103 – Traditional populations and ecosystem management – 4
GEO 2104 – Landscape Ecology – 4
GEO 2105 – Biogeography and Landscape Transformation – 4
GEO 2106 – Evolution of the Geomorphological Landscape – 4
GEO 2210 – Special Topics in Geography and Environment – 4
GEO 2301 – Remote Sensing and Landscape Study – 4
GEO 2302 – Geographic Information System Applied to Environmental Analysis – 4
GEO 2303 – Quantitative Methods Applied to Environmental Analysis – 4

Elective Disciplines of the Space and Sustainability Line
GEO 2201 – Space, Territory, Region – 4
GEO 2202 – Productive Space and Sustainability -4
GEO 2203 – Urbanization and Environmental Policy – 4
GEO 2204 – Dynamics of the contemporany rural area – 4
GEO 2205 – Representations of Urban Space – 4
GEO 2206 – Territorial Development and Transformations – 4
GEO 2207 – Reducing Social Inequalities and Sustainability – 4
GEO 2208 – Planning and Management of the Territory – 4
GEO 2210 – Special Topics in Geography and Environment – 4

Disciplines of Dissertation Activities
GEO 2401 – Online Research Directed Study – 4
GEO 2402 – Dissertation Seminar – 4
GEO 3000 – Master’s Thesis – 0