Spatial Sciences (Research), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
This programme from University of Groningen allows the study of Spatial Sciences (Research) in the broadest possible way and it trains students to become good researchers. 

About

The two-year Master in Spatial Sciences (Research) from the University of Groningen has two key features. First, it allows students maximum scientific freedom to learn and discover. Second, it lets students develop serious scientific research skills. 

Maximum scientific freedom to learn and discover

Students can design their own program by choosing classes according to their own interests. They can choose courses from all Spatial Sciences master programs: environmental and infrastructure planning, economic geography, cultural geography, population studies, socio-spatial planning or real estate studies and they may also include classes from other faculties.

Serious development of research skills

Students become a good researcher by experiencing a series of carefully designed research settings. They will participate in a joint multidisciplinary research challenge with other ReMa students. They will receive one-to-one individual research training from an URSI staff member involved in the tWIST research programme of our faculty. 

Job prospects

The graduates from the programme are well trained for 1) a PhD position 2) a research position in organisations such as government ministries, non-governmental organisations or research-based consultancies or 3) any other professional job in which scientific solidness and creativity is an asset.

The close contacts with URSI researchers and PhD students (as mentors or teachers) in the graduate school allow an easy transition to a PhD position. The Research Internship at a Research Institute is specifically introduced to let the student experience the work atmosphere at a research institute. 

Accreditation


Programme Structure

Year 1:
  • Joint Multidisciplinary Research Project 
  • Scientific Reading, Debating and Reflecting 
  • Advanced Specialized Research Methods 
  • Thematic Theoretical Specialization 
  • Individual Research Training 
  • Research Internship at a research institute
Year 2 
  • Research Process and Proposal Writing
  • Scientific English Writing 
  • Scientific Reading, Debating and Reflecting
  • Advanced and Specialized Research Methods
  • Individual Master's Thesis
  • Thematic Theoretical Specialization 
  • Advanced Research Skills
For more information, please visit the programme website.

                    Detailed Programme Facts

                    • Programme intensity Full-time
                      • Full-time duration 24 months
                    • Credits
                      120 ECTS
                    • Languages
                      • English
                    • Delivery mode
                      On Campus

                    English Language Requirements

                    You only need to take one of these language tests:

                    • Minimum required score:

                      6.5

                      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.

                      Book IELTS
                    • Minimum required score (Grade C):

                      180

                      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:

                      580

                      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:

                      92

                      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

                    • Assessment interview
                    • Certified competences (English proficiency)
                    • Grade average: Excellent study results and high grades at university level (A range, typically top 10%); Comparable to Dutch grading system: average grade of at least 7, for Bachelor thesis of at least 7.5
                    • Previous Education - Academic bachelor degree in human geography and/or urban and regional planning or comparable qualifications, including at least 10 ECTS in statistics or equivalent statistical knowledge.
                    • Written request - All applicants have to submit a detailed CV, list of grades, motivation letter and two reference letters to the Admissions Board

                    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 24 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 24 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 Groningen

                    750 - 1000 EUR/month
                    Living Costs

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

                    Funding

                    Several scholarships are available for international students who are motivated to study Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes, as well as for exchanges, short courses and research stays at our university.

                    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.

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