Economic Geography

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

Do you want to understand regional differences in economic structure and performance? In Economic Geography, you study the characteristics of economic activities across places and learn how to stimulate economic development.

The economy globalizes rapidly, and places become ever more interconnected. Simultaneously, economic activities increasingly cluster in specific places. As a result, socio-economic dynamics are highly unequal across regions. People, firms and governments face very different challenges and opportunities depending on their location.

In the master in Economic Geography you will learn to understand these region-specific socio-economic development paths. We focus on the actions of people and firms and how they govern regional economic development: where do entrepreneurs start their businesses, how do firms grow, where do people live, where do they move to and which jobs do they have? Can we understand their choices? With this information on individual level, you will be able to understand regional developments and formulate policy avenues to govern such processes locally, nationally and internationally.

Our graduates are specialists in regional economic development with a keen eye for the role of policy. For those interested in the role of international trade and globalization in regional economic development we offer a track in Regional Competitiveness and Trade.



diplomaMSc Economische Geografie
typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma
Mastervideo Economic Geography

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

  • Groningen is the 3rd Regional Science Center in the world
  • Interdisciplinary approach due to the cooperation between the Faculties of Spatial Sciences and Economics
  • Positive and open study atmosphere
  • In the Netherlands, Groningen offers the only fully independent Master's programme in Economic Geography

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Mastervoorlichting FRW Groningen


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opbouwThis is the programme for academic year 2017-2018. More information about the courses:

You can also do the track on Regional Competitiveness and Trade:
The programma can be started on September 1st and February 1st (see also admission and application).
Economic Geography
5 EC
Entrepreneurship and Regional Development
5 EC
10 EC
20 EC
Spatial Economics
5 EC
Advanced Statistical Methods
5 EC
Regional Labour Market Analysis
5 EC
Infrastructure, Economy and Space
5 EC


  1. Regional Competitiveness and Trade


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet50% zelfstudie
25% theorie
25% praktijk
There are small groups, so you have a lot of contact with other students and lecturers.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 februari 2019
aanmelding deadline : 15 januari 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 15 augustus 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
instellingstarief : € 2060
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14350
1 september 2019
aanmelding deadline : 15 augustus 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend



  • English at VWO level
  • Comparable to IELTS International English Language Testing System (Academic version) 6.5, with minimum scores:
  • Listening 6.0
  • Reading 6.0
  • Writing 6.0
  • Speaking 6.0
  • Exemptions: Native English speakers or diploma holders from United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland.


  • Direct access with a bachelor diploma in Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning, and Spatial Planning and Design. Bachelordiploma's in Sociology, Business Administration, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Micro-Economics are sometimes admissible.
  • Do you have another previous education? Then the assessment whether you have direct access will take place on individual basis. If you do not have direct access it will be assessed if you are admissible after a pre-master programme. Please contact Sierdjan Koster ( about this.

See more information about the admission for Dutch students:

International students can contact for questions about their previous education

Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


52 studenten volgen deze opleiding
25% daarvan is vrouw
? eerstejaars gestart in 2017
?% daarvan is vrouw
28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


Ibn Battuta
Faculteitsvereniging van de Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Elza van der Meer
Why is it that certain places seem to develop better, faster or differently than other places to new situations?

Why is it that certain places seem to develop better, faster or differently than other places to new situations?

Exactly that is the question that motivated me to study Economic Geography at the University of Groningen...
If you are interested in the programme or have any questions, I would highly recommend you send an email to the programme coordinator or to a current student with all your questions to gain an even better insight in the programme. You are welcome to contact me via graduation, I hope to be able to find a job that relates to the question how places should develop, what future trends are, how these trends should be anticipated for etc. After all, those are the questions that I am interested in and what made me want to study Economic Geography in the first place.

lees verder ...
Menno Hunneman
The Master in Economic Geography offered me a chance of getting to learn the economic effects that planning decisions and policy decisions have on an area

After finishing my bachelor in real estate at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, I decided I wanted to continue my study at the University of Groningen.

Every time I think back of this choice, I am glad I made it. I wanted to broaden my knowledge on economics in a way that it related to my background in real estate. The Master in Economic Geography offered me a chance of getting to learn the economic effects that planning decisions and policy decisions have on an area. The way the Faculty of Spatial Sciences operates is very nice...
I chose to do elective courses at the Faculty of Economics and Business, which was no problem since various aspects of Economic Geography are closely related to International Economics.When I graduate, I’d love to stay in Groningen and find a job. Because Groningen is a very young city, there is always something fun to do and this attracted me so much that I’d like to live here the next few years. At this moment I am orienting for a job in consultancy or policymaking, a field of work that gets well introduced during the Master in Economic Geography.One thing that you should really do if you are interested in the programme of Economic Geography is take a look at the courses that are given in the master. The courses are very diverse and cover themes like economics, entrepreneurship and labour markets. If these topics suit you, then studying Economic Geography at the University of Groningen is a good choice!

lees verder ...
Sander van Voorn
afgestudeerd in 2002


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1/2 Rijksuniversiteit
Economic Geography
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/2 Rijksuniversiteit
Economic Geography: Regional Competitiveness and Trade
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers

bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete 2017
algemeen oordeel4.13.8


De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Economic Geography aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 17 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.1 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Graduates in Economic Geography Graduates are specialists in regional economic development with a keen eye for the role of policy. With this specialization, EG-graduates often contribute to regional economic development strategies:

- A fair share of the graduates is employed by governmental organizations at all geographical levels (cities and municipalities, regional, national and international governmental organizations). This includes organizations such as the EU, the city of Amsterdam or The Dutch Ministry of Environment and Infrastructure.

- Another large share of the graduates is active on the commercial market, mostly in consultancies in economic development. This includes companies such as Twijnstra Gudde, Antea,

- A smaller share of the graduates enters research, teaching or entrepreneurship.

According to Elsevier (2015), job opportunities of geographers are above average with a relatively large job stability.

During the programme we offer support for your career preparation. The Career Services are provided by the Careers Company and the UG Career Services.

More information about the Careers Company:
More information about the UG Career Services:

See where our alumni end up in this graphic!

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Potentiële beroepen

  • afdelingshoofd ruimtelijke ordening
  • bedrijfshoofd bureau planologisch onderzoek (management)
  • bedrijfshoofd bureau planologisch onderzoek (meewerkend <50%)
  • beleidsmedewerker infrastructuur, planologie en volkshuisvesting (wetenschappelijk)
  • directeur bureau planologische dienst, onderzoek
  • hoofd milieudienstverlening
  • manager bureau planologische dienst, onderzoek (groot bedrijf)
  • planoloog
  • planontwikkelaar infra (wetenschappelijk)
  • regionaal planoloog
  • secretaris adviescommissie ruimtelijke kwaliteit (bouw- en woningtoezicht)
  • senior verkeersplanoloog
  • wetenschappelijk onderzoeker planologie
bron: CBS


Saskia Enuma

Study advisor

T: 050 36 33906
Drs. Nienke Harteveld

Study advisor

Meer informatie?
Bezoek de website van deze opleiding.