12 months
17500 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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In the Human Geography programme at Utrecht University you learn how urban and economic issues are interwoven. As a student of the Human Geography Master’s, you will study the city and its economic developments from various academic perspectives and thematic angles, with an interdisciplinary approach.

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Urban regions are 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


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 Human Geography  programme at Utrecht University 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 masterclasses of 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.


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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Urban Futures
  • Advanced Methods and Techniques
  • International Field Trip to Metropolitan Areas
  • Methods and Techniques Specialization
  • Professional Competences

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

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

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17500 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 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.


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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