• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
With the Human Geography - Economic Geography programme offered at Radboud University you’ll acquire insight into the basic mechanisms behind spatial differentiation, notably the rise of global capitalism, the shaping of business networks, the impact of new technologies, which will help to explain why places develop in such different ways across the world, while they’re also globally connected.


Why study Human Geography - Economic Geography at Radboud University
  • Although the foundation of this specialisation is economical and geographical, our approach to this theme is highly multidisciplinary to include related fields as sociology, spatial planning, public administration and history.
  • You will receive a thorough training in analytical approaches to study local-global interaction.
  • We will draw from mainstream as well as more alternative economic perspectives, to provide a wide range of answers to the question why place matters so much in economic development, and how the economic strength of places can be encouraged.
  • You will also take part in fundamental discussions on globalisation, spatial inequality, innovation and the future of the capitalist system.
  • You pick electives that will determine an extra focus within the field of economic geography; and so you could include courses in which you will gain knowledge more on fields of the Global South, or on conflict management or on urban and cultural geography or cultural geography and tourism.
  • You will conduct your Master’s thesis research in the framework of either fieldwork or an Internship at an organisation active in a field related to economic geography and urban management. This will give you a taste of professional life in the field and enhance your chances on the job market.
  • You will also benefit from the advantages of the Master’s programme in Human Geography in general.

Career prospects with a degree in Human Geography

Our Human Geography graduates are greatly valued by their employers for their analytical skills, critical perspective and sound academic understanding of the relationship between human activities and their spatial environment.

In all cases, career prospects are positive and traditionally geographers do better on the labour market than a number of similar disciplines, partly because geography is a very broad discipline, making them flexible professionals which are of use in multiple fields, and making them suited to address multi-dimensional complex problems; and partly also because geographers usually have a pragmatic attitude seeking to contribute to practical and societal relevant issues.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Economic Geographies: Foundations, Critiques and Alternatives 
  • Placemaking and Spatial Practice
  • Preparing the Master’s Thesis
  • Economy, Space and Culture in Nijmegen
  • Master's Thesis and Internship

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • A completed Bachelor's degree from a geography-related discipline
In order to get admission to this Master's you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent, from a research university) from a geography-related discipline, such as Spatial Planning, Geography, Environment Studies.

For students with a completed bachelor in a related area your prior education first needs to be approved by the examination Board in order to enroll in the study programme.

  • A background in research methodology

Because of the academic nature of this programme, we require all our students to have basic training in research processes, e.g. research design and data analysis.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11472 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11471 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2088 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2083 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Nijmegen

  • 800 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


Scholarships for the Master's in Human Geography

  • Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme
  • Fulbright-Radboud Scholarships
  • Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship
  • Dutch Student Finance
  • Holland Scholarship Programme
  • Indonesian Education Scholarship (LPDP)
  • Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)

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.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.