Cultural Geography, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
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Would you like to understand how the characteristics of places relate to the quality of life and wellbeing of people and communities? The Cultural Geography Master from the University of Groningen teaches students how to make a useful contribution to improving place-related liveability, quality of life and wellbeing in society. 


Students of the Cultural Geography Master from the University of Groningen become professionally competent in the field of geography and liveability so that they can make a useful contribution to improving place-related liveability, quality of life and wellbeing in society. The master deals with the qualities of a place (neighbourhood, village, city, region) that add to the quality of life as experienced by inhabitants and visitors. 

Aspects that influence the liveability of places and communities are safety, health, quality of the residential environment (housing, facilities and services), social interaction and participation, community involvement, options for recreation and tourism, quality and unicity of the landscape.  

Job prospects

You will find graduates of the Msc. Cultural Geography in a variety of places.

Our graduates get jobs with:

  • international organisations, such as UN and EU agencies;
  • national government departments;
  • regional and local government agencies;
  • commercial firms of all kinds
  • consulting firms
  • non-government organisations of various kinds
  • tourist agencies

Programme Structure

Programme options
    • Tourism Geography and Planning (track) - Tourism Geography & Planning offers international, place-based, critical and research-oriented perspectives. It will equip graduates with socio-cultural, spatial and planning theories, up-to-date research methods, and relevant practices about tourism and places. 
    Courses included:
      • Fieldwork Cultural Geography 
      • Place, Regions & Identities 
      • Electives 
      • Master's Thesis Cultural Geography
      • Nature, Landscape & Heritage 
      • Qualitative Research Methods 
      • Revitalizing Neighbourhoods 
      • Social Impact Assessment 
      For more information, please visit the programme website.

                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:

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                Academic Requirements

                Previous education
                • Academic Bachelor degree in geography or social sciences, with some background knowledge in Geography, including at least 10 ECTS in statistics and research methods.Research Universities bachelor degrees in Social, Rural, Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning; Environment and Infrastructure Planning; Sociology; Social Psychology; Landscape Architecture; Cultural Anthropology; International Relations; Land Use Planning.
                English on VWO level

                Tuition Fee

                • International Applies to you

                  14200 EUR/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 14200 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
                • EU/EEA Applies to you

                  2006 EUR/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                Living costs for Leeuwarden

                700 - 1100 EUR/month
                Living Costs

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


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