MSc in Cultural Geography: Tourism Geography and Planning

University of Groningen

Program Description

MSc in Cultural Geography: Tourism Geography and Planning

University of Groningen

Tourism as a socio-cultural and spatial phenomenon has become a major constituent of flows of people at different geographical scales.

Tourism geography and planning explores the interactions amongst tourists, visitors, and inhabitants in and with places.

What effects does tourism have on places visited and on the inhabitants of those places? How are tourism destinations socio-culturally and spatially constructed? How do tourists influence and experience spaces, places and cultures? How can regional identities be used in tourism planning, and which role(s) can tourism play in regional development?

These questions will be critically explored in the Masters Track Tourism Geography & Planning. This Track is part of the Masters Programme Cultural Geography which focuses on how place attachment, local qualities and regional identities influence spatial behaviour and perceived quality of life of people and places. The courses are taught in Leeuwarden at RUG/Campus Fryslân. In this Track, the Faculty of Spatial Sciences collaborates with the School of Tourism Management at Stenden University of Applied Sciences.

Tourism Geography & Planning offers international, place-based, critical and research-oriented perspectives. It will equip graduates with socio-cultural, spatial and planning theories, up-to-date research methods, and relevant practices about tourism and places.


  • Fieldwork Cultural Geography
  • Place, Regions & Identities
  • Tourism Planning & Practice
  • Cross-cultural Spatial Behaviour in Tourism
  • Nature, Landscape & Heritage
  • Master Thesis
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Tourism & Regional Development
  • Social Impact Assessment

Admission requirements

Language test

  • English on V.W.O. level

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (A, B or C) Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (A, B or C) Minimum of 6,5 for the International English Language Testing System (Academic version) (IELTS) Minimum of 90 on the internet based version of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Minimum of 580 on the written version of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Minimum of 237 on the interactive version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exceptions: native speakers or students with education from the US, Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, United Kingdom or Ireland

Previous education

Academic Bachelor degree in geography, social sciences or tourism studies, with some background knowledge in Geography, including at least 10 ECTS in statistics and research methods.
Research Universities bachelor degrees in Social, Rural, Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning; Tourism; Environment and Infrastructure Planning; Sociology; Social Psychology; Landscape Architecture; Cultural Anthropology; International Relations; Land Use Planning.

Students with a relevant HBO diploma can be admitted to a pre-master programme. Contact master coordinator Tialda Haartsten for more information.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
12 months
Full time
2,060 EUR
EU students; € 14200 Non-EU students