Radboud University

Human Geography, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • 9432
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
The Master’s programme in Human Geography observes the relationship between human activities and their spatial environment. Geography serves as an excellent platform for integrating knowledge from various related disciplines, such as Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, International Relations, Economics, Business Administration and Development Studies. There are five specialisations: Conflicts, Territories and Identities, Economic Geography, Europe: Governance, Borders and Identities, Globalisation, Migration and Development or Urban and Cultural Geography.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Various disciplines in one programme

Being an integrative discipline, Human Geography serves as an excellent platform for integrating knowledge from various related disciplines, such as Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, International Relations, Economics, Business Administration and Development Studies.


The Human Geography Master's programme at Radboud University offers five specializations and the option to develop your own specialisation:

  • Conflicts, Territories and Identities
  • Economic Geography
  • Europe: Governance, Borders and Identities
  • Globalisation, Migration and Development
  • Urban and Cultural Geography
  • Free specialisation: combination of courses of your own choice.

The Master's programme can also be conducted in dual mode.


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.


NVAO is entrusted by law (the Higher Education and Scientific Research Act) to accredit all existing Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses and to validate new study programmes at government-funded institutions of higher education and at institutions approved (but not funded) by the Dutch government. Institutions that have neither government funding nor approval can apply for accreditation of post-initial Master’s degree courses.

With regard to the nature of accreditation in higher education, the Netherlands and Flanders (Flemish-speaking Belgium) have opted for accreditation at the level of study programmes. NVAO has laid down accreditation frameworks for this purpose for Flanders and the Netherlands.

In the Netherlands and in Flanders, accreditation is a precondition for government funding of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme, for the right to award recognised diplomas and, in the Netherlands, to grant financial assistance to students. In the context of the internationalisation of education and the labour market, accreditation provides for an equivalence of quality assurance in higher education.

Programme Structure

The Human Geography Master's programme at Radboud University offers five (six) specializations:

Conflicts, Territories and Identities

In this specialization, you will study national and international conflicts, wars and terrorism. You will look at the background and causes for these conflicts (imperialism, religions, national identities, discrimination, raw materials, borders) as well as their management and solution (good governance, humanitarian help, diplomacy, peacekeeping forces).

Economic Geography

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.

Europe: Governance, Borders and Identities

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

This Master's specialization 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

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.

Free specialisation

Our flexible specialization 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).

More information on the different specializations can be found on the programme's website!

Detailed Programme Facts

    • Started in

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      • International

      • EEA

      Dates reflect the university's timezone.

  • Credits (ECTS)
    60 ECTS
  • Duration full-time 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Full-time
  • More information Go To The Course Website

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Academic Requirements

1. A completed Bachelor’s degree in Human Geography or related area

You will need to have a Dutch Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent, from a research university) received from a geography-oriented discipline, such as Spatial Planning, Geography, International Relations, Social Sciences, etc.

2. A proficiency in English

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) (minimum score of C), Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) (minimum score of C), TOEFL iBT (overall score at least 90, subscores not lower than 18), or IELTS Academic (overall score at least 6.5, subscores not lower than 6.0). In some cases you may be exempted from providing proof of English language competency (see the programme's website).

Please visit the programme's website for more detailed information on requirements!

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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 9432 International
  • EUR 2006 EEA
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There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. A list, including detailed information, can be found on our scholarships and grants page at our website. Below some opportunities are described.

Orange Tulip Scholarship

Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, South-Korea, Russia and China - offers a tuition fee waiver of 6,750 euros and exemption from visa and health insurance costs.

Fulbright-Radboud Scholarships

Open to excellent American students - the grant will be paid in 12 monthly installments of 1,050 euros, international travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered.

Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship

Open to students from China - the Dutch contribution to the scholarship consist of monthly allowance 1,000 euros, international travel costs 1,400 euros, tuition/research fee 1,951 euros, it also covers the cost of visa, insurance and other.

DIKTI-Neso Scholarships

Aimed at lecturers at higher education institutions in Indonesia who wish to pursue a PhD or Master's at a university in the Netherlands. A DIKTI scholarship includes allowances for living expenses, insurance, travel costs, tuition fees and more.

Dutch Student Finance

EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age are eligible if they are working at least 56 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. Dutch student finance consists of four components: a basic grant, a supplementary grant (depending on the parental income), a student travel product, and a loan.

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