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. Because it is an integrative discipline, Human Geography serves as an excellent platform for integrating knowledge from various related disciplines, such as Sociology, Psychology, International Relations, Economics, Business Administration and Development Studies.
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 Identities
You’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 Tourism
Learn to understand and interpret advanced theories and practices of leisure and tourism and their influence on the social and physical environment.
Study 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 Governance
Learn 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 Development
Investigate 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 Geography
Focus 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.
Graduates will be qualified for many different job positions. These jobs all require excellent analytical skills at an academic level, a critical perspective, thorough knowledge of social relations and a clear vision of how crucial societal problems can be solved. Human Geography graduates find jobs rather easily at (international) research institutes, international companies, or at consultancy firms. Top-ranking positions, in private industry as well as in governmental and non-governmental organisations can also be found.
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 from a Geography-related discipline, such as Spatial Planning, Geography, Environment Studies
2. A proficiency in English
In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
- A TOEFL score of ≥90, with subscores not lower than 18
- An 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.
Note: certificates may not be older than two years, and in certain instances (see our website) you may be exempted from providing proof of English language proficiency.
This programme was also rated ‘Best Master's Programme’ by Elsevier magazine’s annual survey of the best degree programmes.
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Last updated October 19, 2018