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, Athropology, Psychology, International Relations, Economics, Business Administration and Development Studies.Specialisations in the Master's in Human Geography
The Human Geography Master's programme at Radboud University Nijmegen offers five specialisations and the option to develop your own specialisation:
The Master's programme can also be conducted in dual mode (information in Dutch: studying next to working in the human geographic profession). Additionally there is a post-Master's programme for secondary teacher training also called educational Master's at the ILS (in Dutch).
Assessment during the programme
Throughout the Master's programme you will be assessed by a mixture of written exams, essays, papers, projects, oral presentations and your Master's thesis.
You can choose one of the following specialisations of Human Geography which we already prepared for you:
Conflicts, Territories and Identities
In this specialisation, you will study national and international conflicts, wars and terrorism. You will look at the background and causes for these conflicts (imperialism, geopolitics, failing states, religions, national identities, discrimination, raw materials, borders) as well as their management and solution (good governance, humanitarian help, diplomacy, peacekeeping forces).
With the Economic Geography specialisation, you learn about the role of a region as a location for business. In terms of increasing competition, an optimal interaction between business and the local or regional area is essential. For example, consider knowledge flows, recruiting and training employees, relationships with suppliers, local governments, and private organisations.
Europe: Governance, Borders and Identities
This specialisation covers the most important European social and political-geographic themes that currently define scientific, social and policy debate. The focus will be on two main aspects. Firstly there will be attention to the internal relationship between national sovereignty and identity, and the community and cohesion within the European Union as a whole. Secondly there will be a focus on the European Union's foreign policy and its role in the world.
Globalisation, Migration and Development
The specialisation of Globalisation, Migration & Development is a study of world issues such as globalisation and the socio-economic and spatial developments in various parts of the world. This Master's specialisation covers the following key topics: counteracting social and spatial inequality, processes of social exclusion, the emancipation of social groups, immigration, and the multicultural society.
Urban and Cultural Geography
Cities are bustling and dynamic centres of our society, a highly concentrated mixture of people, companies and organisations. Cities often have connections with other regions and their influence branches out far beyond the cities themselves, even including the whole world. When taking the Urban and Cultural Geography specialisation, you learn how different actors influence not only the physical make-up of the city, but also the way in which the character and identity of the city is presented and understood.
Our flexible specialisation allows you to take the courses that suit your interests. You can take courses from the other Human Geography Masters specialisations and choose optional courses (electives). Obviously, your choice of courses has to be approved first, but you are in any case free to explore your fields of interest.
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Radboud Scholarship Programme and other scholarships at Radboud University
Radboud Scholarship ProgrammeFor non-EEA students, only for certain programmes. The Radboud Scholarship Programme is offered by Radboud University Nijmegen and provides a select number of talented non-EEA students with a scholarship to study at Radboud University.
Fulbright-Radboud ScholarshipsFor American students. The Fulbright Centre, sponsored by Radboud University Nijmegen, is offering scholarships for talented American students to study at Radboud University.
Erasmus Mundus ERANET-MUNDUSFor Russian students. ERANET-MUNDUS offers a select number of Russian students a scholarship to pursue an English-taught Master's degree programme at Radboud University Nijmegen.
Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for PLANET Europe Master'sFor EEA and non-EEA students, only for the PLANET Europe programme. This scholarship is offered to talented students for the Joint Master's Programme PLANET Europe.
The Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme (OTS): Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia and ChinaFor Students from Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia and China. The Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme gives excellent students from Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia or China the opportunity to study at Radboud University.
Orange Tulip Scholarship Indonesia: KOMINFOFor Students from Indonesia, see below for programmes. This scholarship is offered by Radboud University and the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information (KOMINFO) to Indonesian students who want to pursue a Master's in Computing Science, Information Science or International Business Communication.
Programmes from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
Netherlands Fellowship ProgrammesThe NFP offers scholarships to students from a number of countries who are interested in selected programmes at Radboud University Nijmegen.
Dutch Student FinanceEU/EEA students who wish to take a degree programme in the Netherlands can sometimes be eligible for a Dutch student grant or loan.
StuNedThe Stuned programme is applicable to midcareer professionals from Indonesia.
Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange ScholarshipFormerly known as the China Programme, this focuses on excellent Chinese students who want to study or do research in the Netherlands for at least one academic year during or after their studies in China.
Scholarships from other countries and organisations
Studienstiftung des deutschen VolkesThe Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes offers funding for talented German students.
Ford FoundationSometimes private foundations may be willing to fund your study period abroad. The international Fellowship Programme from the Ford Foundation is one example.
Soros FoundationsGrants, scholarships and fellowships are available for students and researchers coming from 23 countries, especially in Central and Eastern Europe.
HECThe Higher Education Commission was set up by the Government of Pakistan and has created a scholarship programme for students from Pakistan.
ColfuturoThis programme is available for students from Colombia.
Nuffic Grantfinder and other useful websites
Nuffic GrantfinderPlease check the grantfinder from the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC). It enables you to find scholarships applicable to students from particular countries.
Grant Finder EU scholarshipsA centralised European platform providing information on all scholarships offered for study in Europe. The database contains over 700 programmes and in total there is an estimated EUR 15.6 billion of scholarship funds available annually. Students, including PhD candidates, can now find and compare relevant programmes based on their nationality, background, and where and what they want to study, among other search criteria.
Student GrantsStudent Grants is a fund focused on improving international student mobility by donating a €1000 student grant four times a year to the students going abroad to study, either through an exchange program or as a free-mover. There is a small €2,5 application fee.
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