Utrecht University

Human Geography, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
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The M.Sc. in Human Geography at Utrecht University offers insights upon the challenges of the urban development and expanding in the context of a global economy. The Master’s programme covers topics like urban inequality, multinational enterprises, and residential mobility. Specialise in urban geography or economic geography and understand the impact of architectural design on spatial structures.


Human Geography is a new Master’s programme from Utrecht University that starts in September 2017. It stems from the former Economic Geography and Urban Geography programmes. You can specialize in one of the two fields by choosing a track:

  • Urban Geography: Neighborhoods & Residential Dynamics
  • Urban Geography: Daily Life & Public Spaces
  • Economic Geography: Business & Location
  • Economic Geography: Regional Development & Policy

Urban regions are bubbling, dynamic places where people get together and generate new ideas. They are breeding grounds for innovation and economic growth. Many people still move to the city, chasing their dreams: for a challenging career, a pleasant living environment, all the amenities within easy reach. And besides the local residents, large numbers of tourists visit the city seeking an entertaining stay.

The continuous urban growth in an increasingly global economy has both winners and losers. On the one hand, there are start-ups that expand to become large companies. While on the other hand, there are traditional companies that succumb to global competition. How can we explain success and failure?

Urban growth also leads to a great diversity of people and lifestyles, which ensure thriving communities. Yet there are also places where spatial and social inequalities reveal themselves between communities. This results in unpleasant living environments and neighborhoods in decline. How do you breathe new life into those communities?

In the Human Geography Master's programme you learn how urban and economic issues are interwoven. As a student of the Human Geography Master’s, you will study the city and its economic developments from various academic perspectives and thematic angles, with an interdisciplinary approach.

An International Focus

This Master’s programme has an international character. We welcome students from around the world onto the programme. This way you are provided with the opportunity to come into contact with other cultures and national contexts. You will go on an international fieldtrip and can complete your Master's thesis project and/or internship abroad. You will be able to find work in many fields, positions, and locations following graduation.

Programme Objective and Working Methods

This Master’s programme gives you a thorough understanding of important urban and economic issues. You will receive comprehensive training in the methodological and critical analytical skills needed to find possible solutions for challenges in urban regions. Working from a scientific and theoretical foundation, you come into contact with the daily practice. Through guest lectures and practical assignments (active learning), you will learn what graduates do and be able to determine where you would be most at home.


  • Accredited by the NVAO

Programme Structure

Track courses
Urban Geography: Neighbourhoods & Residential Dynamics
  • Residential Mobility and Segregation
  • Diverse cities and Urban Inequality
Urban Geography: Daily Life & Public Spaces
  • Mobilities, Travel and Networks
  • Public Space and Consumption

Economic Geography: Business & Location

  • Spatial Entrepreneurial Conditions, Effects and Strategies
  • Multinational Enterprises
Economic Geography: Regional Development & Policy
  • Regions in European Policy
  • Cities in Competition
  • Real Estate
  • Healthy Cities
  • Migration, Mobilities and Sustainable Futures
  • Urban Futures Atelier
  • Land Policy & Scarce Resources
  • or you can choose a course from another track

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A Dutch or international Bachelor’s degree in Human Geography, Urban Planning or Regional Planning.

A Dutch or international Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences, Economics, Management and Organizational Sciences, Humanities and Law, provided that you can demonstrate your:

  • Knowledge and understanding with regard to urban or economic geography 
  • Knowledge and experience of academic skills and research skills in the social sciences
  • Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15167 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.