M.Sc. Human Geography

Radboud University

Application deadline: EEA: May 1; Non-EEA: April 1
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,951 / Year (EEA)
  • € 9,685 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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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.


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!


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 22), or IELTS Academic (overall score at least 6.5, subscores not lower than 6.5). 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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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 (IELTS 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.

180 (Grade C)
TOEFL iBT® test: 90



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