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Geography is all about studying people, space and place - and Amsterdam is the perfect place to do that. First of all the city of Amsterdam itself is the perfect location and junction to study, explore, experience geography. Secondly, the University of Amsterdam, a major research university, offers a Master's programme taught by one of the highest ranked geography departments in continental Europe. Last but not least, the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) of Amsterdam provides a vibrant and international academic community. The GSSS values diversity in both research and academic content, academic staff and student population.

In the Master's programme Human Geography at the University of Amsterdam, students choose one out of four specialisation tracks:

Economic Geography: Global Production Networks and Clusters

Environmental Geography: Governance for Sustainability

Political Geography: Geopolitics, Globalisation and Governance

Urban Geography: Global and Local Perspectives on Cities
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diplomaMSc Sociale Geografie
typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma

Open dagen en meeloopdagen

UvA Masterweek Amsterdam
Tijdens de UvA Masterweek presenteren bijna alle masteropleidingen zich tijdens verschillende voorlichtingsbijeenkomsten en kun je spreken met studenten, docenten, studieadviseurs. Daarnaast is er de voorlichting 'Hoe kies ik een master?' die jou meer inzicht kan geven in het kiezen van een master.
UvA Proefstudeerweek Amsterdam
In de UvA Proefstudeerweek kun je je, een dagdeel, verder verdiepen in een studie. Volg een hoorcollege of werkgroep en ontmoet docenten en studenten van de opleiding. Proefstuderen is voor 5 en 6 vwo-ers die zich al georiënteerd hebben tijdens een Bachelordag.


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Students have to choose two course out of three courses:
Social challenges in cities (6 EC)
Globalisation, cities, network (6 EC)
Governance of commons, resources and environmental conflict (6 EC)

Students have to choose one out of two courses:
Territories, identities and conflict in a changing world order (6 EC)
Development geography (6 EC)
Human Geography: Theory and Social Implications (6 EC)
Geographical research methods & GIS (9 EC)
Literature course (3 EC)

Two out of three electives:
Social challenges in cities (6 EC)
Globalisation, cities, network (6 EC)
Governance of commons, resources and environmental conflict (6 EC)

One out of two:
Territories, identities and conflict in a changing world order (6 EC)
Development geography (6 EC)

Master thesis project (24 EC)
Elective II
Geographical Research Methods & GIS
Human Geogrpahy: Theory and Social Implications
Literature course


taal van onderwijs100% en
research, tutorial
Students will advance their knowledge in geographic information systems with respect to key issues in Human Geography which will assist tyou in solving spatial problems. Understanding the geographical context and applying geographical knowledge to societal issues are relevant competencies in dealing with contemporary spatial issues in cities and a globalising world.
study abroad
Fieldwork for thesis

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 maart 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
1 september 2019
aanmelding deadline : 1 maart 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend

aanvullende vakeisen
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

reference letter
All applicants are required to submit two academic letters of reference.

All applicants are required to submit a statement of motivation.

estimated monthly costs

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424kamerhuur in Amsterdamboven landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1292totale 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


53 studenten volgen deze opleiding
49% daarvan is vrouw
16 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
56% daarvan is vrouw
31019 studenten aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam
55% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Amsterdam

115129studenten studerend
47168studenten woonachtig   
€ 424gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Saskia Sanders
I found that the Master's programme in Human Geography at the UvA covered most of the topics I wanted to pursue.' Read what Saskia Sanders tells about Human Geography.

My name is Saskia Sanders and I come from Switzerland. Before I started with the Master's programme Human Geography I did a Bachelor's in Geography at the University of Zurich (Switzerland), where I grew up. I started looking around for Masters outside Switzerland, because the Bologna process makes it possible that you can change university relatively easy between the two degrees...
In order to choose a programme, I looked into the course outlines and the fields of research of the lecturers of different universities and programmes. I found that the Master's programme in Human Geography at the UvA covered most of the topics I wanted to pursue. Of course, the fact that it is located in Amsterdam was a great plus too!

'I would recommend...'
I would recommend to closely look into the course outlines, think about which courses you want to choose and whether this would satisfy you. It was a good experience for me, because I knew which themes I wanted to pursue and I was very satisfied with each course I chose. Almost all courses provide the opportunity to enlarge upon a topic of your choice through writing an individual paper or holding a presentation.

'I find the atmosphere among students very enjoyable'
But of course, content is not the only thing, studying is only fun if the people, atmosphere, facilities, etc. are good as well. In this regard I would say that you do not need to worry at all if you come to the UvA. I found the atmosphere among students very enjoyable and also the lecturers are very approachable and helpful. Moreover, the facilities, especially for international students are very good. The fact that you can get a room via UvA is helpful – do make use of it, even if you have to pay a fee.

I wrote my Master's thesis on sustainable clothing brands. Even though no one in the department has done research in this field, I was very satisfied with my supervisor who was supportive and open for discussions without intervening in “my project”.

lees verder ...


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1/6 UvA
Human Geography
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
16 eerstejaars
56% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/6 UvA
Political Geography
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
16 eerstejaars
56% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
3/6 UvA
Economic Geography
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
16 eerstejaars
56% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
4/6 UvA
Environmental Geography
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
16 eerstejaars
56% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
5/6 UvA
Urban Geography
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
16 eerstejaars
56% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
6/6 Utrecht
Human Geography
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
6 eerstejaars
50% 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 oordeel3.83.9


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.

Human Geography aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam is beoordeeld door 12 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.8 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Specific career examples from alumni of the Human Geography programme:

  • Project Employee Sustainability at Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM promotes innovation, cooperation and new business in the Amsterdam region);
  • Geography teacher at a secondary school;
  • Geographic Information Systems expert at Dutch water board;
  • Science Coordinator at UNU-EHS: United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security;
  • Director Viafrica Foundation (ICT service and projects in Africa).
current job market

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