M.Sc. Human Geography

Radboud University Nijmegen

Application deadline: EEA: May 1; Non-EEA: April 1
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,906 / Year (EEA)
  • € 9,570 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 60 ECTS
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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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.

The Human Geography Master's programme at Radboud University Nijmegen 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, subject to approval by the Examination Board

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).

Non-EEA residents
who apply before 1 April will be guaranteed accommodation, support with visa and residence permit. If you apply after this date, we will still consider your application but we cannot give any guarantees.
For Master’s students from one of the EEA countries, the deadline is 1 May of each year. You will receive an admissions decision approximately 4-8 weeks after you have sent in your request for admission.


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, geopolitics, failing states, 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. For example, consider knowledge flows, recruiting and training employees, relationships with suppliers, local governments, and private organisations.

Europe: Governance, Borders and Identities

This specialization 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 specialization 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 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

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.

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). Obviously, your choice of courses has to be approved first, but you are in any case free to explore your fields of interest.


Specialisation in Conflict, Territories and Identities

The requirements for admission include:
  • a bachelor degree in Human Geography received from Radboud University Nijmegen or another relevant bachelor degree with at least 24 EC in conflict studies and/or political geography;
  • Having successfully completed a course in social scientific research methods is highly recommended and will increase your chance of getting selected for this specialisation;
  • excellent proficiency in English;
  • a letter of motivation;
  • two letters of recommendation;
  • list of your grades obtained during previous education and training.
  • Note that the final formal admission requirements are regulated by the Teaching and Examination Regulations which at this moment are pending to be finalised. No rights can be derived from the information published on this website

Other specializations

There are two specific requirements for admission to the Master's in Human Geography to make sure that you have a background to successfully follow and complete this programme:

  • A completed Bachelor's degree in Human Geography or related area
  • A proficiency in English

Students with a bachelor diploma from a university of applied sciences (Dutch: hbo; German: Fachhochschule)

If you have a degree from a university of applied sciences with a relevant orientation and you would like to proceed with a university programme with respect to Human Geography at Radboud University, then you may qualify for a pre-master's programme. The purpose of this transition programme is to have you achieve the level of the bachelor in Human Geography.

More detailed information on the admission requirements can be found here.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL iBT® test: 90


There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University Nijmegen. Please check which scholarship is applicable in your case.

Radboud Scholarship Programme and other scholarships at Radboud University

Programmes from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

  • Netherlands Fellowship Programmes: The NFP offers scholarships to students from a number of countries who are interested in selected programmes at Radboud University Nijmegen.
  • Dutch Student Finance: EU/EEA students who wish to take a degree programme in the Netherlands can sometimes be eligible for a Dutch student grant or loan.
  • Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship: Formerly 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 Volkes: The Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes offers funding for talented German students.
  • Ford Foundation: Sometimes private foundations may be willing to fund your study period abroad. The international Fellowship Programme from the Ford Foundation is one example.
  • Soros Foundations: Grants, scholarships and fellowships are available for students and researchers coming from 23 countries, especially in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • HEC: The Higher Education Commission was set up by the Government of Pakistan and has created a scholarship programme for students from Pakistan.
  • Colfuturo: This programme is available for students from Colombia.

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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.

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