M.Sc. Human Geography

University of Amsterdam

Application deadline: Start in 1 September: March (non-EEA: March).
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,906 / Year (EEA)
  • € 12,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Description

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

As a Human Geography student, you will explore sociospatial dynamics at different geographical scales from different perspectives. Core challenges investigated in the programme include urban inequality, demographic changes, regional economic disparities, geopolitical conflicts and identities, uneven development as well as environmental issues. In the context of urban and political geographies, the programme offers a broad range of geographical sub-disciplines and skills to engage with the multi-scalar character of social, political, economic and cultural processes, and the associated spatial structures. Current socio-spatial relations are studied in several domains (social, economic, political, cultural and environmental) through the lenses of space, place and scale. Accordingly, the programme includes core courses on geographical theories, ethics and methodologies, research methods and various thematic courses which enable students to explore the multiple dimensions of contemporary challenges and phenomena. Within the programme in Human Geography, students can compose their own geographical profile through the selected thematic courses and thesis project.

Contents

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.

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 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: 6.5
  • IELTS listening: 6
  • IELTS reading: 6
  • IELTS writing: 6
  • IELTS speaking: 6
  • TOEFL paper based: 575
  • TOEFL computer based: 232
  • TOEFL internet based: 90

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 paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

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
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Accreditation

Accredited by: NVAO in: The Netherlands

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