M.Sc. On Campus

Human Geography - Urban Geography

12 months
16060 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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The Human Geography - Urban Geography programme of the University of Amsterdam provides students with a deeper understanding of global and local processes that shape cities across the world.


In the Human Geography - Urban Geography programme of the University of Amsterdam, we study processes of urbanization, urban inequality and every day urban life through a geographical lens, exploring how seemingly global phenomena take on place-specific forms and contribute to place-specific social and spatial challenges.

About the programme

The 21st century will undoubtedly be an urban age.  Cities are celebrated as key engines for innovation and economic growth in the global economy and have also been rediscovered as attractive places to live, work and play. Local housing markets are attracting international investment and gentrification is revitalizing formerly run-down urban areas. Yet, this representation of urban life and cities as places of infinite opportunities is only one side of the story. It is increasingly clear that not all cities share in this success story. Urbanization is, in fact, highly uneven and urban economic growth even more so. Moreover, we see growing disparities within cities. Processes of polarisation, segregation, fragmentation and privatisation of the urban landscape form substantial political and social challenges for urban governments and local residents.

Cities are thus understood to be places of both unanticipated wealth and concentrated poverty, deprivation and vulnerability, shaping the life experiences and opportunities of urban dwellers in diverging and complex ways. This raises important questions about urban inequality and social justice. Students will explore these themes in cities around the world, learning to critically reflect on the similarities and differences in the transformation of urban spaces and places.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • GEO Skills: Research Methods & Techniques
  • GEO Skills: The Professional Geographer 
  • GEO Focus: Fieldwork Excursion
  • GEO Track: Literature Study
  • Advanced Urban Geography: Global and Local Perspectives on Cities

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

    16060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16060 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 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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