M.Sc. Human Geography and Planning

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR15150 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English
Utrecht University | Utrecht, Netherlands
The Master's in Human Geography and Planning (HGP) prepares you to understand the complex social, economic, cultural and mobility issues arising from an urbanised world.

Description of Human Geography and Planning


The Master's in Human Geography and Planning (HGP) prepares you to understand the complex social, economic, cultural and mobility issues arising from an urbanised world.

The two-year research Master's programme in Human Geography and Planning gives you the opportunity to understand developments that are unique to the urbanised world and assess the impact and effectiveness of policies designed to make cities viable. Through compulsory first-year courses aimed to give you a firm foundation in academic competencies, as well as methods and techniques of research into human geographic and planning;and elective courses in such topics as Development Theories and Economic Geography,you will gain knowledge and skills needed to contribute to the ongoing body of research in HGP. The second year of the programme consists of a study period abroad; the crafting of your Master's thesis; and using the thesis as a basis for writing either a paper publishable in a peer-review journal, or a PhD research proposal. This programme provides an excellent basis for PhD research in human geography and urban and regional planning. Graduates will also be eligible for senior research and decision-support positions in organisations such as government ministries, regional and local authorities, urban and country planning consultancies and private research institutes.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Start in 1 September: June (non-EEA: April).
Tuition fee
  • EUR 15150 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1906 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Programme internationalization:

  • Studying abroad is optional.

This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.

Requirements for Human Geography and Planning

Additional language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: B1
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C1
  • IELTS overall band: 6.5
  • IELTS writing: 6
  • TOEFL paper based: 580
  • TOEFL computer based: 237
  • TOEFL internet based: 93

Work Experience for Human Geography and Planning

No work experience is required.

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Utrecht University, Netherlands

Netherlands Utrecht University is a research university comprising of seven faculties which collectively span the entire academic spectrum in teaching and research. Founded in 1636, the University is now a modern, leading institute enjoying a growing international reputation. In the Shanghai Ranking, Utrecht University ranks 1st in the Netherlands, 12th in Europe and 48th worldwide.

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