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voltijd research-master Spatial Sciences - Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Spatial Sciences

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
Are you interested in a career as a researcher of spatial subjects? This programme allows the study of Spatial Sciences in the broadest possible way and it trains students to become good researchers.

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typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee

The two-year Research Master in Spatial Sciences has two key features. First, it allows students maximum scientific freedom to learn and discover. Second, it lets students develop serious scientific research skills. Throughout the programme we take inspiration from Einstein's words: 'I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious'. Research Master students don't have to be extraordinarily talented or gifted. But students need to have a passionate curiosity about people and places. With this driving curiosity the research master Spatial Sciences is a good choice.

Maximum scientific freedom to learn and discover
Students can design their own programme by choosing courses according to their own interests. They can choose courses from all Spatial Sciences master programmes: environmental and infrastructure planning, economic geography, population studies, socio-spatial planning, or real estate studies and they may also include courses from other faculties.

Serious development of research skills
Students become a good researcher by experiencing a series of carefully designed research settings. They will participate in a joint multidisciplinary research challenge with other ReMa students. They will receive one-to-one individual research training from an URSI staff member involved in the tWIST research programme of our faculty. They will do a research internship at an outstanding research institute. The research experiences will be both big and small: they will range from the final master thesis taking several months to small half an hour researches as part of the scientific diary. Students will be trained in a wide array of research methods.

If you want to combine thorough training in scientific research with a thematic specialization on islands and sustainability, we offer a track in Islands and Sustainability

The Research Master offers a specialization option. Students combine the courses of a one-year FSS master within the two-year Research Master program. They receive a formal specialization on their diploma supplement. The following specializations are possible for:

Economic Geography / Economic Geography: Regional Competitiveness and Trade
Real Estate Studies
Population Studies
Society, Sustainability and Planning
Environmental and Infrastructure Planning

Download a PDF file with more information about the specializations

For a top level education in geography and planning you choose Groningen!

Master Open Day
Interested in learning more? The next Master Open Day is on Thursday 21 March. Sign up for the presentation via the Master's Week webpage (sign up opens on 1 March).

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


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opbouwFor more information about the courses in this programme, please visit

It is also possible to do the course Research Internship at a Research Institute (RIRI) for 15 EC, where you replace a 5 EC part of Thematic Theoretical Specialization for 5 EC extra RIRI.
1e jaar
Joint Multidisciplinary Research Project (JMRP)
5 EC
Advanced Specialized Research Methods (A&SRM)
10 EC
10 EC
Scientific Reading, Debating and Reflecting
5 EC
Thematic Theoretical Specialization (TTS)
20 EC
Individual Research Training (IRT)
10 EC
Research Internship at a Renowned Research Institute (RIRRI)
10 EC
2e jaar
Advanced and Specialized Research Methods and Techniques (A&SRM)
5 EC
Advanced Research Skills
5 EC
Scientific Reading Debating and Reflecting
5 EC
Research Process and Proposal Writing
5 EC
Thematic Theoretical Specialization (TTS)
10 EC
Individual Master's Thesis
30 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
computer exercise, group assignment, individual assignment, lecture, literature study, research, research project, research proposal, oral presentation, project, self study, seminar, tutorial, workshop
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 2024

aanmelding deadline : 15 januari 2024
wettelijk tarief : € 2530 (€1265 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 19900
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 20800

1 september 2024

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2024
wettelijk tarief : € 2530 (€1265 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 19900
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 20800


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. At least 10 ECTS in statistics or equivalent statistical knowledge.

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).

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.

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.

English on VWO level or one of the following equivalents:

  • IELTS overall band 6.5, no less than 6.5 on each section
  • TOEFL internet based:

Overall: 90
Reading: 21
Listening: 21
Speaking: 21
Writing: 24

  • 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

A prospective student can always apply for an exemption from the English language test. The student needs to explain, and if required show proof of, why an exemption would be justified. It is up to the Admission Board to decide whether an exemption will be granted or not.

All applicants have to submit a detailed CV, list of grades, motivation letter, reference letter, and an academic writing sample to prof. dr. Louise Meijering (

De stad


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.


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1/2 RUG
Spatial Sciences
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
1 eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/2 RUG
Islands and Sustainability (EM)
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
1 eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The graduates from the programme are well trained for 1) a PhD position 2) a research position in organisations such as government ministries, non-governmental organisations or research-based consultancies or 3) any other professional job in which scientific solidness and creativity is an asset.

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.

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 alumni end up in this graphic !

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


Saskia Enuma, Reinier Schoep, Nienke Harteveld

Study Advisors Faculty of Spatial Sciences

Meer informatie?
Bezoek de website van deze opleiding.

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