Islands and Sustainability
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|typeregulier, 120 EC|
|start1 februari, 1 september|
|opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd|
Islands are relatively isolated and ‘on their own’ compared to other areas. Islands as a society often have unique social strengths and yet they are also more fragile and dependent compared to mainland areas. Sustainability is particularly challenging for islands. They face economic and social development problems related to (small) scale and (limited) connectivity while also being confronted with environmental issues due to climate change and sea level rise. Furthermore, islands are among the most appreciated recreational and touristic areas, underlining their importance to urban well-being.
Islands thus provide unique sustainability laboratories and allow for seeing the big picture of complex globalization-fueled spatial transformations in a small place. From a spatial science perspective this makes islands ideal cases for studying sustainability in a wider sense.
Being part of the regular Research Master in Spatial Sciences, the programme provides a thorough and multi-faceted training of research skills for social science and environmental research. It includes Individual Research Training by senior staff, training to work in multi-disciplinary research group, it involves taking a series of qualitative, quantitative and multi-method courses, as well courses on Scientific Reading Debating and Reflecting, Scientific English Writing and Research Process.
Uniquely for the track Islands and Sustainability is that students do (continuous) reading and debating of Islands and Sustainability literature, while they also partake in three distinct Islands and Sustainability research experiences at (generally) three different islands or groups of islands. Students start with Joint Multidisciplinary Research Project involving the international Wadden area in the Netherlands and Germany together with our partner the Wadden Academy. Next, they do a research internship at an island of 15 ECTS. Generally this will take place with one of our partner institutes on for instance Malta, Lesvos (Greece) or Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain). See our partner page for the full list of partners. They end their two years of study with a 30 ECTS Master thesis related to islands and sustainability which commonly involves on-site empirical island research in cooperation with one of our partners.
Waarom aan de RUG?
- It is an ideal grounding for a PhD programme
- You will do fieldwork and evidence-based research
- You have the opportunity to study or do research abroad
- The track offers a unique combination of research, islands and sustainability
- You will work with professionals and researchers within the field
- And gain an international perspective on islands and sustainability
Advanced Specialized Research Methods (A&SRM)
Joint Multidisciplinary Research Project Islands and Sustainability (Wadden Project) onderzoek
Scientific Reading, Debating and Reflecting (Islands and Sustainability)
Thematic Theoretical Specialization (TTS)
Individual Research Training (IRT)
Research at a Renowned Research Institute (Islands Partner Institute)
Scientific English Writing
Advanced Research Skills
Advanced and Specialized Research Methods (A&SRM)
Research Process and Proposal Writing
Thematic Theoretical Specialization (TTS)
Individual Master's Thesis (Islands and Sustainability)
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study abroadThrough internship & excursions
Toelating en kosten
aanmelding deadline : 15 januari 2022
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aanmelding deadline : 15 augustus 2022
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Generally, an interview with the applicant, in which attitude, motivation, orientation and competence for a career in (scientific) research are evaluated, forms part of the admission procedure. The interview is scheduled after the required documents have been received and evaluated by the Admissions Board.
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.
Applicants should have some background knowledge in the Spatial Sciences field (Urban or Regional Studies, Human, Economic or Cultural Geography, Spatial Planning, Environmental and Infrastructure Planning, Demography or Real Estate).
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
Students should have a Bachelor's degree in a discipline related to Regional Studies, such as Human Geography and Planning, Environment and Infrastructure Planning, or Urban Studies.
Students with a Bachelor's degree in the social or economic sciences also have direct access, preferably with a Minor worth 30 EC in human geography and/or urban and regional planning and/or demography and / or development studies.
For those with a different Bachelor degree, the possibilities for admission are discussed with the coordinator
The direct access is conditional on sufficient English command, the knowledge minimum and the required grades.
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 https://www.rug.nl/frw/education/introduction/zachte-knip/non-fss-students.
All applicants have to submit a detailed CV, list of grades, motivation letter and and one or two reference letters to dr. Frans Sijtsma (firstname.lastname@example.org).
estimated monthly costs
|€||303||kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde|
|€||172||collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar|
|€||80||studieboeken en -spullen|
|€||77||uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen|
|€||132||vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie|
|€||42||vervoernaast de OV-kaart|
|€||1171||totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181|
Studenten en studentenleven
|15||studenten volgen deze opleiding|
|33%||daarvan is vrouw|
|1||eerstejaars gestart in 2017|
|0%||daarvan is vrouw|
|29331||studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen|
|51%||daarvan is vrouw|
Ibn BattutaIbn 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
|€ 303||gemiddelde kamerprijs|
|21 m2||gemiddelde kameroppervlak|
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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.
During the programme at the University of Groningen we offer support for your career preparation.
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.
See where our Research Master alumni end up in this infographic!