Human Geography - Political Geography, M.Sc. | University of Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Human Geography - Political Geography

12 months
16900 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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The Human Geography - Political Geography programme of the University of Amsterdam focuses on three core themes: geopolitics, globalisation and governance. By examining these concepts, political geographies in our current globalised world are analysed and researched. Theories and methods in political geography are thoroughly studied before a thesis project in the field is conducted.


Political Geography: Geopolitics, Globalisation and Governance

The Master's in Political Geography focuses on three core concepts (geopolitics, globalisation and governance) to explore the political geographies of our globalising world. These pertain to the dynamics of the spatialities of politics, including domestic politics, international relations and transnational politics, and how they can be understood through key geographical concepts such as territory, place, scale and network.

The Human Geography - Political Geography programme of the University of Amsterdam will assess theories and methods in these dynamic fields of scholarship and students will be familiarised with political geography and geopolitics before working on their thesis project in the field.

Political Geography will examine the origins, trajectory and contemporary significance of geopolitics, and the varieties of geopolitical approaches to the material and representational aspects of geopolitical agency. Special attention will be devoted to othering processes and the constraining and empowering character of geopolitical representations and geographical imaginations of risks and opportunities. The programme also attempts to account for the role of new technologies such as the internet and the interconnection between the virtual and physical world.

The programme will explore the complex geographies of territory, territorial claims, borders and sovereignty and the way that they are transformed through the ongoing economic, financial, political and cultural processes of globalisation and interconnectivity. The focus will be on specific places and flows.

The programme will also study efforts to develop new systems of multiscalar governance and to combine different types of political and legal systems that address local, national, macro-regional and global challenges of the 21st century

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • GEO Skills: Research Methods & Techniques
  • GEO Skills: The Professional Geographer
  • GEO Focus: Fieldwork Excursion
  • GEO Track: Literature Study
  • Advanced Political Geography: Geopolitics, Globalisation & Governance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in human geography (sociale geografie) or in another closely related discipline (such as sociology, cultural anthropology, political science, economics, bèta­ gamma and/or future planet studies provided it includes a major in human geography) are invited to apply, provided they meet all other entry requirements.
  • International degrees are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the degree should be equivalent to three years of Dutch academic education.
  • All applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of human geography studies with (the equivalent of) at least 30 ECTS credits earned during previous studies.
  • A solid basis in both qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methodology as demonstrated by the completion of (the equivalent of) at least 20 ECTS during previous study
  • English language proficiency 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16900 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 Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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