Economic Geography

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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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.

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee

The economy globalises 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.

If you are looking for a two year programme and are interested in doing research, you can also integrate the master in Economic Geography with our two year Research Master in Spatial Sciences or join our Double Degree Master in Economic Geography.

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 and Business
  • Positive and open study atmosphere


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opbouwMore information about the courses can be found at
Economic Geography: Theory and Application
5 EC
Entrepreneurship and Regional Development
5 EC
Optional courses (10 ECTS)
10 EC
Urban and Regional Economics
5 EC
Master's Thesis Economic Geography
20 EC
Advanced Statistical Analysis
5 EC
Regional Labour Market Analysis
5 EC
Transport Geography
5 EC


track Regional Competitiveness and Trade


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.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.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet50% zelfstudie
25% theorie
25% praktijk
literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, tutorial, individual assignment, self study
study guidance
For any questions about your study planning, choice of study and personal circumstances that influence your study, you can contact the study advisors of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. For more information, see

Toelating en kosten


1 februari 2023

aanmelding deadline : 15 januari 2023
wettelijk tarief : € 2314 (€1157 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 17000
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 17800

1 februari 2024

aanmelding deadline : 15 januari 2024
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2023

aanmelding deadline : 15 augustus 2023
wettelijk tarief : € 2314 (€1157 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 17000
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 17800

1 september 2024

aanmelding deadline : 15 augustus 2024
collegegeld nog niet bekend


Bachelor degree related to the field of regional economic development. This includes Bachelor programmes in Human Geography, Economic Geography, Regional and Urban Planning, Regional Economy, Economy or related. Bachelordiploma's in Sociology, Business Administration, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Micro-Economics are sometimes admissible.

Graduates of the BSc Global Responsibility and Leadership (University Campus Fryslan) with a major in 'Responsible Governance' are admissible for the master.

If you are not directly admissible you can follow a pre-master programme. See more information in the pre-master guide:

aanvullende vakeisen
10 ECTS in Statistics required

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)
  • European Baccalaureate, English level L1 or L2
  • Please note that TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure

estimated monthly costs

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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


23 studenten volgen deze opleiding
43% daarvan is vrouw
? eerstejaars gestart in 2022
?% 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

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 ...
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.

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Sander van Voorn
afgestudeerd in 2002
I feel my job is at the heart of what Economic Geography is about

The Greenport Aalsmeer is a collaboration of companies in the flower industry, relevant knowledge institutes and governments.Aalsmeer (just south of Amsterdam) is the center of the biggest global hub in the flower industry. Because of increasing national and international competition, there is a need to invest in innovation so to keep ahead of other regions. The goal of the Greenport Aalsmeer is to sustain and increase the competitiveness of firms in the Aalsmeer floral cluster by investing in research and education, sustainability, accessibility, infrastructure and logistics...
I use my knowledge about how firms innovate and what they need to perform well. At the same time, I need to understand how governments function and how they can help improve the business climate. Finally, I consider the impact on the regional economy in terms of jobs created for the people living in the area, but also potentially negative effects regarding sustainability.My study Economic Geography in Groningen was an excellent preparation for understanding and dealing with the interests of the different groups involved in regional economic development.LinkedIn

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1/3 RUG
Economic Geography
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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100% Engelstalig
2/3 RUG
DDM International Programme in Economic Geography
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
80% Engelstalig
3/3 RUG
Regional Competitiveness and Trade
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
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Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 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

  • 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.

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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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
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Reinier Schoep

Study advisor

T: 050-36 33906
Saskia Enuma

Study advisor

T: 050 36 33906
Drs. Nienke Harteveld

Study advisor

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