Geography BSc program

This is a 6-semester Bachelor degree program during which students learn and acquaint themselves with:

  • the most important relations between geography and related disciplines,
  • the analysis and adequately interpreting the problems and challenges of geographical space from a physical and human geographical approach,
  • the methodological fundamentals essential for complex and integrated analysis of environmental spatial problems in classrooms, labs and fields.
  • Applied geography specialization is offered for all international students and combines environmental geography, regional development, GIS and tourism. The program includes a six-week professional practice at self-selected private and public businesses and companies however, practice is also available at the university and IGES. By completing the professional practice, you will gain a broad range of practical and project management skills and knowledge to explain, analyse, interpret and execute various planning programs.

    Modules of the Geography Program

    Science core and compulsory courses: e.g. Geomathematics, Physics and Geology

    Specific geography program: e.g. Geomorphology, Biogeography, Historical Geology and Palaeontology, Human Geography, Physical Geography of Europe, Urban Geography

    Applied Geography special program: e.g. Introduction to ArcGIS, Introduction to Remote Sensing, Data Acquisition Methods, Landscape Analysis and Planning, Regional Policies, Global Tourism

    Earth Sciences BSc program

  • We offer you a general and fundamental scientific knowledge to understand the mutually interrelated processes of Earth Sciences,
  • you may familiarize yourself with a wide array of disciplines including the principles of geology, meteorology, astronomy, climatology and hydrology,
  • you will learn the methods used in Earth Sciences, and you will make friends with laboratory microscopes, geology hammers in the field and computer models in the office.
  • You may specialize yourself in the field of geology to explore the deeper correlations of subsurface dynamics and how recent landforms have evolved over geologic timescales. This is all done and conveyed to you by a young and dynamic team of faculty in a custom-designed and student-specific training algorithm.

    Modules of the Earth Sciences Program

    Core and compulsory module: Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Informatics

    Core foundational module:

  • atmospheric sciences (meteorology, climatology and hydrometeorology);
  • geosciences (geology, stratigraphy economic geology, field measurements, geological mapping, environmental geology, hydrogeology and field work);
  • data processing (GIS, mathematical methods in Earth Sciences).
  • Core advanced module: systematic mineralogy, petrographic microscopy, geochemistry, geophysics, historical geology, palaeontology.

    Future directions and destinations

    After completing your bachelor degree, with our EU-conform diploma you may continue your studies at any higher-education institution of Europe and the entire world. Having developed skills associated with both the sciences and the humanities, IGES geographers are particularly proficient at taking different perspectives on an issue or problem. These skills make our graduates highly attractive to employers.

    IGES geographers at University of Pécs have a particularly good track record of securing excellent employment in various businesses, as well as private and public companies, including various water management companies, environmental protection enterprises, national parks, local governments, and in the diverse fields of regional development. The popularity of our students in the job market is partly due to the significant project management skills they develop by undertaking their supported dissertation research.

    Job market, destinations and future career

    Our geographers embark on many careers: from teaching and research to commerce, planning and administration. Their expertise is valuable for environmental and physical planning, surveying, government, industry and the financial sector.

    Many students work in the academics and research institutes. Others found jobs in various professions: some of them works as mayor, human resources manager, undersecretary, zoo director, museum director. They live across the globe between New Zealand and Canada. The field of geoinformatics is among the most popular jobs for geographers. Our alumni and former students work for land registry offices, local governments, and for projects that requires the planning of large investments (e.g.: planning and construction of Paks Nuclear Power Plant, Hungary). Regional developers are also popular on the job market: they write application and contribute to planning and development across Hungary and Europe. Environmental protection and nature conservation are also among the most popular destinations among geographers, but earth scientists have also found jobs at many national parks of Hungary.

    Also keep in mind that our training focuses on expertise and skills that is adaptable to altered job market demands, with which you may plan your future career in a flexible manner.

    Destinations of recent graduates of the Geography and Earth Sciences programs include:

    Regional planning
  • Regional planner (local governments)
  • Proposal writer
  • Project manager
  • Environmental protection
  • Ranger (Danube-Drava National Park)
  • Hydrologist (Hungarian Water Directorates)
  • Waste management expert
  • Urban development and property management
  • Urban developer
  • Urban planner
  • Property manager
  • Geoinformatics
  • Public utility companies, department of land register
  • GIS expert (Paks Nuclear Power Plant, Z-GIS at University of Salzburg)
  • Tourism
  • Touristic manager
  • Guide

  • Why to choose IGES and University of Pécs?

    Would you like to learn more reasons for choosing IGES at university of Pécs?

  • We are listening to your feedback: our curricula are upgraded according to students’ comments and feedbacks: we are flexible and resilient in planning our courses and support international mobility through internships and transnational scholarships;
  • We have more than 20 foreign partner institutions in the Erasmus, Erasmus+ and CEEPUS (Central European Exchange Programs for University Studies);
  • The living costs in Pécs are much less than in Budapest: you pay less for your housing and accommodation (also food and services), therefore you save a substantial amount of money;
  • You will experience an exciting city with a Mediterranean and diverse atmosphere and rich culture since the Roman times. The buildings of the Faculty of Sciences are hidden in the lush forests of a botanic garden, next door to the sport and recreational facilities;
  • We offer you a practical experiment-focused training, with four science laboratories, two GIS laboratories, a fully computer-controlled tectonic, hydraulic and hydro-morphological sandtable, and an innovative weather station with a ceilometer and a disdrometer;
  • We also offer a wide range of recreational activities and opportunities, on-site sport facilities with recreational centre, gyms, an athletic and football field, track and field stadium and a 25-meter long indoor swimming pool;
  • We also have a great student-to-teacher ratio, our EU-conform degree is accepted anywhere in the world, highly qualified and internationally recognized faculty, ground-breaking knowledge, friendly classroom atmosphere, personal interactions with the students, flexible and high-quality education.
  • How to Apply

    The following steps describe the application procedure for the prospective students.

    1. Learn about the available study programs, fees, and entrance criteria:
    2. If you have found and selected your preferred program, click on Apply Now, and start your application procedure.
    3. Register in our application site, complete the application form, upload the necessary documents and simply submit your application on-line.
    4. If you are admitted to our university, we issue your Letter of Admission and then you can start organizing your travel to Pécs!


  • Academic Coordinator: Szabolcs Ákos FÁBIÁN PhD
  • International Coordinator: Szabolcs CZIGÁNY PhD
  • Faculty International Coordinator: Erika SZILÁGYI-KISPAP (

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