''This research Master has helped me understand the most challenging issues that our cities are facing right now and in the future''
Carlos Uriel Contreras Flores
I always wanted to study a Master’s degree since I knew it would strengthen my professional and academic skills, knowledge and worldview. When I read about the methodological tools of the Master’s programme in Urban and Economic Geography and the prospective applicability in the job market, I knew this was the best choice for me.
During the two years of study, this belief was reinforced. This research Master has not only helped me understand the most challenging issues that our cities are facing right now and in the future. It also has given me the know-how and methodological baggage to lead the change that our society and cities need to improve the quality of life of their inhabitants in a sustainable way.
"The students created a collaborative and social environment"
Alumna Carolina Castanheira
“My experience of the Urban and Economic Geography Master’s programme was extremely rewarding. The professors were experts in their fields and yet accessible. Students were able to create a collaborative and social environment. I loved how the courses were well organised and the material was interesting and engaging. The programme perfectly balanced the breadth and depth of subjects such as development, economic geography, social exclusion and mobility. In my opinion, the focus on the emerging theoretical knowledge was the most valuable contribution offered by the programme.”
"Cities are not only constructed physically with bricks, but also ideally with people in mind."
Alumna (now PhD candidate) Min Yang
"I had decided that I wanted to obtain a PhD after my Master’s degree. So when I saw that this Master’s programme was research-oriented, I knew it was for me. On top of that, this Master’s programme sparked my interest in the ways people and places interact. Cities are not only constructed physically with bricks, but also ideally with people in mind. People can perceive and use one place in different ways based on their own background, knowledge and even their mood at that very moment.
The programme has a good combination of theoretical and methodological training in the field of urban and economic geography and a very international working environment. Students from different countries are bringing their own ideas and interpretations of literature, which makes the discussion in class very lively and fruitful. Now I am a PhD candidate in department of Human Geography. I believe this Master’s programme gave me a systematical training on how to become a researcher and will keep helping me pursuing my career in future."