Economic Geography: Regional Competitiveness and Trade

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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Do you want to become a specialist in regional economic development in an international context with a keen eye for the role of policy? The track in Regional Competitiveness and Trade prepares you for a career in regional economic strategies and research in regional science.

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee

The track, which is part of the Master in Economic Geography and organized in cooperation with the Faculty of Economics and Business, focusses on regional and global competitiveness related to trade and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Trade and FDI importantly govern the interconnectivity between countries and regions and their subsequent economic development. The ongoing fragmentation of value-chains - an iPad is manufactured all over the globe - leads to increasing trade between countries and a growing global presence of multinational firms.

How do global linkages between regions and countries influence their competitiveness? You will learn the latest theoretical (New Economic Geography) and methodological (Spatial Econometrics) approaches to address the issues of interconnectivity between regions through trade and FDI.

Our graduates are specialists in regional economic development with a keen eye for the role of policy. They are well versed in the latest theoretical and empirical Economic models of regional growth.

Waarom aan de RUG?

  • 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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opbouwMore information about the courses of the track:
Economic Geography: Theory and Application
5 EC
Entrepreneurship and Regional Development
5 EC
Economic Development
5 EC
Master's Thesis Economic Geography
20 EC
Urban and Regional Economics
5 EC
Regional Labour Market Analysis
5 EC
Spatial Econometrics
5 EC
Economic Geography
5 EC
Transport Geography
5 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
study guidance
There are small groups, so you have a lot of contact with other students and lecturers.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 15 augustus 2022
collegegeld nog niet bekend


English on VWO level or one of the following equivalents:

  • IELTS overall band 6.5, no less than 6.0 on each section
  • TOEFL internet based:
  • Overall: 90
  • Reading: 18
  • Listening: 18
  • Speaking: 20
  • Writing: 21
  • Cambridge English: Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (formerly known as CAE/CPE)
  • Please note that TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure


  • Direct access with a bachelor diploma in Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning, and Spatial Planning and Design. Bachelor diploma'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 students with a dutch diploma:

Students with an international diploma see the international tab.

For the study year 2021-2022, some students can start their (pre)master's programme under certain conditions. This way, students can already take master courses whilst also finishing their bachelor's programme and study delay is limited as much as possible. This is refered to as the 'Zachte Knip' (soft cut). Please find the conditions and information about application on

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 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
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


Ibn Battuta
Ibn Battuta is the Faculty Association of Spatial Sciences
Becoming a member of Ibn Battuta means you can join the social drinks, foreign trips, lectures and all other activities organized by the Association. At these events you come into contact with students from all years, which is a great way to make friends that can last a lifetime! Ibn Battuta also organizes informative and career-focused activities. Our informative activities, such as lectures, In-Housedays and the Career Day will help you to orient on your future.

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

Floris Jan Sander
After graduating, your future options are countless

In other universities, the focus is more on human geography. Furthermore, the University of Groningen is unique because it is one of the few universities that have their own faculty for geographers and planners; the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. It’s a rather small faculty, so teachers know you and if you have questions they can help you right away. I think this is a real benefit.If you are interested in geography, but you’d also like to use economic models, especially for geographers, this is probably the best course you can choose. After graduating, your future options are countless.

lees verder ...


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1/2 RUG
Regional Competitiveness and Trade
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/2 RUG
Economic Geography
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% 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
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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 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Economic Geography: Regional Competitiveness and Trade 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 that have followed the track in regional competitiveness and trade are specialists in regional economic development in an international context with a keen eye for the role of policy. Also, they are well-versed in the latest methods and models in regional science. With this background, the programme prepares well a position in regional economic strategies and research in regional science:
  • 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 and entrepreneurship.
  • According to Elsevier (2015), job opportunities of geographers are above average with a relatively large job stability.

To see where our Economic Geography alumni end up, view this infographic

Throughout the year we offer support for practical career preparation and employability skills. Workshops are given about leadership, job interviews and how to present yourself. More information about the FSS Career Services.

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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)
planontwikkelaar infra (wetenschappelijk)
regionaal planoloog
secretaris adviescommissie ruimtelijke kwaliteit (bouw- en woningtoezicht)
senior verkeersplanoloog
wetenschappelijk onderzoeker planologie
bron: CBS


Drs. Nienke Harteveld

Study advisor

T: 050 36 33906
Saskia Enuma

Study advisor

T: 050 36 33906
Meer informatie?
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