MSc in Human Geography


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Program Description

Programme Overview

  • This programme is designed for students with a background in a Geography related discipline, or other Social Sciences
  • Gain the skills and theoretical understanding needed to understand the interactions between people and their environment
  • Learn the role of place and space in social relations, economics, politics and conflict, and use these insights to create better understandings of the role of place in society
  • Prepare yourself for a career as a policy maker, researcher, analyst, consultant, journalist, spatial planner, development expert and many more

Why study Human Geography at Radboud University?

The Master's programme in Human Geography takes pride in its small group sizes, meaning you will have plenty of opportunity to work with supervisors and other students. At Radboud, you will also have access to world-class research facilities.

As a student, you can also take advantage of Radboud's extensive network to find great internship opportunities, and to help you with your career after you have graduated.

What will you learn?

Human Geography is a research field which focuses on studying the spatial behaviour of people, firms and organisations. Or, to put it simply, it is a study that observes the relationship between human activities and their spatial environment.

You will gain insight into the latest scientific debates in the field, and integrate knowledge from various related disciplines, such as Sociology, Psychology, International Relations, Economics, Business Administration and Development Studies.

Each specialisation requires a research internship to help you in the process of writing the thesis, and some specialisations include field excursions abroad to understand the practical implications of theory.

Career prospects

Human Geography graduates can find jobs in a number of fields:

  • Research institutes
  • International companies
  • Consultancy firms
  • NGOs and IGOs
  • Policy making
  • Media
  • Researchers
  • Analysts


In addition to a specialisation which is fully tailored to your personal interests, you can choose one of the following specialisations which we already prepared for you: You can choose a specialisation of the Master in Human Geography that best reflects your interests:

  • Conflicts, Territories and IdentitiesYou’ll come to understand the backgrounds and causes, the mental and physical borders related to (international) conflicts, war and terrorism as well the strategies and challenges organisations intervening in these conflicts deal with.
  • Cultural Geography and TourismLearn to understand and interpret advanced theories and practices of leisure and tourism and their influence on the social and physical environment.
  • Economic GeographyStudy the role of regions as locations for economic activities. Focus on the meaning of local and global culture, and policy-making at various spatial levels.
  • Europe: Borders, Identity and GovernanceLearn more about crucial geopolitical and social developments in Europe. Dive into current debates on issues related to sovereignty and identity, European mobility, the European internal market and cross-border cooperation.
  • Globalisation, Migration and DevelopmentInvestigate the effects of globalisation and migration processes on economies, societies and resources on different parts of the world. The main focus lies on the Global South and its interaction with the Global North.
  • Urban and Cultural GeographyFocus on how the city is represented and how city images emerge and are contested. You’ll study the hybrid nature and the daily struggles in urban life, cultural diversity and the political economy of the city.

Admission requirements

As an international student, your prior education must meet certain requirements.

1. A completed Bachelor's degree from a geography-related discipline
In order to get admission to this Master's you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent, from a research university) from a geography-related discipline, such as Spatial Planning, Geography, Environment Studies.

For students with a completed bachelor in a related area such as International Relations, Social Sciences, Anthropology, Psychology, History, Philosophy, Religion Studies, European Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Economics, Development Studies, Language Studies, Architecture, (Urban) Design Studies, Leisure and Tourism, Conflict Studies and Management Sciences your prior education first needs to be approved by the examination Board in order to enroll in the study programme.

2. A background in research methodology
Because of the academic nature of this programme, we require all our students to have basic training in research processes, e.g. research design and data analysis.

Language Requirements

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets one of the following conditions:

  • Has successfully completed a three-year Bachelor's programme at a Dutch university.
  • Is a citizen of Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or the United States of America.
  • Has successfully completed a Bachelor's programme that was taught completely in the English language in one of the following countries: EU/EEA-countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America.
  • Has successfully completed a Master's programme from a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO).

All other students need one of the following certificates (All certificates may not be older than two years).

  • A TOEFL score of ≥90, with subscores not lower than 18
  • A IELTS score of ≥6.5, with subscores not lower than 6.0
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher


Programmes starting in September

  • Non-EEA students: 1 April
  • EEA students: 1 May

Quality label

This programme was also rated ‘Best Master's Programme’ by Elsevier magazine’s annual survey of the best degree programmes.

Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

At Radboud University in the Netherlands, you can obtain a high-quality and internationally accredited Master’s degree. Leading academics and excellent professors offer you what you need a a top-200 r ... Read More

At Radboud University in the Netherlands, you can obtain a high-quality and internationally accredited Master’s degree. Leading academics and excellent professors offer you what you need a a top-200 research university. We offer 11 English-taught Bachelor's programmes and 35 English-taught Master’s programmes with many specialisations which will give you the necessary skills and insights into research and practice within your own subject area. You will benefit from our personal teaching style, our top research institutes, and a green and friendly student city. Read less