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:
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
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.
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