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About

In this Urban and Economic Geography programme at Utrecht University (previously known as Human Geography and Planning), you will gain a broad theoretical and methodological background that will allow you to become an academic or professional researcher of ongoing social, spatial, and economic developments in cities and regions.

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Overview

Diverse developments

Globalisation is subjecting cities and regions to continuous challenges such as increasing urbanisation and growing economic and social interdependences. Complex and dynamic relationships have developed between inhabitants, migrants, businesses, and institutions, and these relationships can foster innovation, creativity, and economic growth.

However, increasing urbanisation can also lead to social and economic inequalities, tensions between groups with different lifestyles, and threats to health and well-being. In addition, globalisation can reinforce economic disparities within regions and cities in both developed and developing countries. 

Environmental changes can also generate unhealthy living conditions and lead to a displacement of people and businesses. In general, regional and urban areas worldwide experience disparate development due to differences in their position in globalised systems; their location in a developed or developing country or region; and specific cultural, social, political, and economic characteristics.

As a student in the Urban and Economic Geography  programme at Utrecht University , you will focus on research questions such as:

  • Why do regions and cities differ in terms of economic and innovative performance, creativity, and quality of life?
  • How do social and economic inequality and tensions arise within and between cities and regions?
  • How do individuals and businesses experience changes in their urban and regional conditions, and how do they respond to these changes?
  • Which governance systems and policies are most effective in addressing the social, economic, cultural, and mobility issues of the globalised and urbanised world?
  • How can we use and develop scientific theories and methodologies to investigate these issues?

Careers

This programme will equip you with the ability to critically assess research designs and results and policy implications. This will give you an excellent basis for either a PhD research position at a university or a senior position in national or international companies and research institutions.

As a graduate, you will be eligible for PhD research or senior research and other positions in organisations such as government ministries, regional and local authorities, urban and country planning consultancies, and private research institutes. 

  • Excellent basis for PhD

This Master’s programme provides you with an excellent basis for state-of-the-art PhD research in human geography and urban and regional planning. The programme ties in particularly well with PhD programmes at the NETHUR (Netherlands Graduate School of Urban and Regional Research) institutes. 

Generally, MSc graduates in Urban and Economic Geography do not have to fulfil any additional requirements before starting their PhD, which means they can usually complete their PhD in three years.

Accreditation

Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • The New Science of Cities
  • Quantitative Urban & Economic Analytics
  • Urban Social Dynamics
  • Doing Qualitative Research in Dynamic Urban Settings
  • Urban Resilience
  • Writing Competences

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

120 ECTS

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
3.5

Other requirements

General requirements

You are welcome to apply for Urban and Economic Geography. The decision of the admissions committee will be based largely on:

  • prior education (including (optional) course profile and specific knowledge)
  • motivation and talent
  • grade point average (GPA)

The minimum capacities that are required in prior education concern:

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 3.5 (on a scale of 1-4) or at least 7.5 under the Dutch system;
  • knowledge and experience with basic methods and techniques in geographic or social-science research.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17500 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1450 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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