Human Geography, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    14700 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    1984 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language

About

Intertwined spatial developments of urbanisation and globalisation processes are central to the Human Geography curriculum.

Geography is all about studying people, space and place - and Amsterdam is the perfect place to do that. First of all the city of Amsterdam itself is the perfect location and junction to study, explore, experience geography. Secondly, the University of Amsterdam, a major research university, offers a Master's programme taught by one of the highest ranked geography departments in continental Europe. Last but not least, the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) of Amsterdam provides a vibrant and international academic community. The GSSS values diversity in both research and academic content, academic staff and student population. In the Master's programme Human Geography at the University of Amsterdam, students choose one out of four specialisation tracks: Economic Geography: Global Production Networks and Clusters Environmental Geography: Governance for Sustainability Political Geography: Geopolitics, Globalisation and Governance Urban Geography: Global and Local Perspectives on Cities

Accreditation

Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

The programme consists of three compulsory courses:

  • Geographical theories an geography in society
    (6 EC)
  • Geographical research methods & GIS (9 EC)
  • Literature course (3 EC)

Students have to choose one course out of two:

  • Social challenges in cities (6 EC)
  • Territories, identities and conflict in a changing world order (6 EC)

Students have to choose two out of three courses:

  • Globalisation, cities, network (6 EC)
  • Governance of commons, resources and environmental conflict (6 EC)
  • Development geography (6 EC)

The programme is completed with:

  • Master thesis project (24 EC)

Fulfilling all of the requirements will normally take 12 months. Upon successful completion of the programme, the student will receive a Masters degree in Human Geography and the title Master of Science (MSc).

Thesis

Students complete the Master's programme Human Geography with a masterthesis to demonstrate their knowledge of different geographical theories and research skills. The topics should be related to the geographical specialisation courses the University of Amsterdam offers. For the thesis, fieldwork can be carried out abroad.

Language

The whole programme is in English language, although Dutch students have the right to do their exams in Dutch language since this programme is Dutch accredited.

Degree requirements

The MSc in Human Geography is awarded upon completion of 60 ECTS credits, including all required courses in the curriculum and a written Master's thesis, which is based on an independent research project.

Detailed course information

The complete description of all courses in this programme can be found in the online UvA Course Catalogue.

Please note that the programme as decribed in the UvA Course Catalogue is that of 2011-2012 and subject to change. The programme for 2012-2013 will be online in the Course Catalogue as of May 2012.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    60

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    95

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Additional subject: Applicants should have a solid basis in social science research methodology reflected by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 20 ECTS during previous study.

Grade list: All applicants are required to submit official and final transcripts of each higher education institute attended, listing all courses and examinations already completed and currently enrolled in, and grades and credits obtained.

Knowledge minimum: All applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of human geography studies with at least (an equivalent of) 30 ECTS earned during previous studies.

Language test: All non-native speakers of English (including Dutch students) applying to one of the English-taught programmes offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English. For more information, please visit our website.

Previous education: The Master's programme in Human Geography seeks students with an academic Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Human Geography (Sociale Geografie), or in another social science discipline related to the programme. For more up-to-date information on application and admission, please visit out website.

Written request: All applicants are required to submit a statement of motivation.

Additional language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: C1
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C1
  • IELTS overall band: 7
  • IELTS listening: 6.5
  • IELTS reading: 6.5
  • IELTS writing: 6.5
  • IELTS speaking: 6.5
  • TOEFL paper based: 600
  • TOEFL internet based: 95

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14700 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14700 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1984 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1984 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1,000 - 1,500 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Scholarships / Grants:

The University of Amsterdam:
The University of Amsterdam provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for excellent students from outside the European Economic Area. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships have specifically been designed to offer talented, ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to pursue a Mast
For additional information: Website

:
The University of Amsterdam provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for excellent students from outside the European Economic Area. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships have specifically been designed to offer talented, ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to pursue a Mast
For additional information: Website

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.