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
The programme consists of three compulsory courses:
Students have to choose one course out of two:
Students have to choose two out of three courses:
The programme is completed with:
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Written request: All applicants are required to submit a statement of motivation.
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.
Additional language requirements:
No work experience is required.
Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands
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