A new programme with a solid foundation
- Urban Geography: Neighbourhoods & Residential Dynamics
- Urban Geography: Daily Life & Public Spaces
- Economic Geography: Business & Location
- Economic Geography: Regional Development & Policy
Urban regions are bubbling, dynamic places where people get together and generate new ideas. They are breeding grounds for innovation and economic growth. Many people still move to the city, chasing their dreams: for a challenging career, a pleasant living environment, all the amenities within easy reach. And besides the local residents, large numbers of tourists visit the city seeking an entertaining stay.
The continuous urban growth in an increasingly global economy has both winners and losers. On the one hand, there are start-ups that expand to become large companies. While on the other hand, there are traditional companies that succumb to global competition. How can we explain success and failure?
Urban growth also leads to a great diversity of people and lifestyles, which ensure thriving communities. Yet there are also places where spatial and social inequalities reveal themselves between communities. This results in unpleasant living environments and neighbourhoods in decline. How do you breathe new life into those communities?
An International Focus
This Master’s programme has an international character. We welcome students from around the world onto the programme. This way you are provided with the opportunity to come into contact with other cultures and national contexts.
You will go on an international fieldtrip and can complete your Master's thesis project and/or internship abroad. You will be able to find work in many fields, positions, and locations following graduation.
Programme Objective and Working Methods
This Master’s programme gives you a thorough understanding of important urban and economic issues. You will receive comprehensive training in the methodological and critical analytical skills needed to find possible solutions for challenges in urban regions.
Working from a scientific and theoretical foundation, you come into contact with the daily practice. Through guest lectures and practical assignments (active learning), you will learn what graduates do and be able to determine where you would be most at home.
Your choice of graduation subject and optional research internship provides the best way for you to present yourself to future employers. The programme has made arrangements with various companies, research agencies and government organisations regarding internships and interesting research project.
However, an internship is not mandatory and if you choose to do an internship, as part of your graduation subject, you need to arrange for this internship yourself.
The two former Master’s programmes in Urban Geography and Economic Geography showed that there is a big job market for graduates. Human geographers can be found in numerous public and private organisations in the field of urban and economic development. Positions held include consultants, advisors or researchers, who work on specific social or economic issues.
The programme has an extensive alumni network, which is also involved in teaching. Through guest lectures and practical assignments, you will learn what graduates do and be able to determine where you would be most at home.
For example, in the short course on Professional Competences (with options) you will learn how to make your research results accessible to a wider audience, how to draw up a policy report, or how to deal with opposing political or other interests in practice.
The knowledge and skills acquired via the Human Geography Master's programme make our graduates successful in careers in a wide range of public and private organisations, including:
- government ministries
- provincial and local authorities
- private consultancies
- research agencies
- housing associations
- project developers
- the business sector
Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.
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- Urban Futures
- Advanced Methods and Techniques
- International Field Trip to Metropolitan Areas
- Methods and Techniques Specialization
- Professional Competences
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- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies Geography Environmental Sciences View 115 other Masters in Area & Cultural Studies in Netherlands
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
You can be admitted to the programme if you meet the following admission requirements (before the programme commences):
- A Dutch or international Bachelor’s degree in Human Geography, Urban Planning or Regional Planning
- A Dutch or international Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences, Economics, Management and Organisational Sciences, Humanities and Law, provided that you can demonstrate your:
- Knowledge and understanding with regard to urban or economic geography
- Knowledge and experience of academic skills and research skills in the social sciences
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International17280 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 17280 EUR per year during 12 months.
EU/EEA2168 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 12 months.
Living costs for Utrecht
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.