As of September 2023 this Master’s programme is called Urban and Economic Geography. Previously this programme was called Human Geography. Please note: There may be minor changes to the programme.

Are you looking for our two-year research Master's? Please go to the Global Urban Transformations Master’s programme. This programme will start in September 2023.

Cities are breeding grounds for innovation and economic growth. Many people still move to cities to pursue their dreams, in addition to local residents, large numbers of tourists visit them in search of an entertaining stay. Continuous urban growth can lead to several challenges and inequalities. During the one-year Master’s programme Urban and Economic Geography, you learn how urban and economic issues are interwoven and gain the academic training needed to identify possible solutions for (future) challenges in urban regions.

Cities and urban regions: opportunities and concerns

Urban regions are dynamic places where people get together and generate new ideas. They are breeding grounds for innovation and economic growth. However, this urban growth in an increasingly global economy has both winners and losers. On the one hand, there are start-ups that expand to become large companies. While on the other hand, there are traditional companies that succumb to global competition. How can we explain success and failure?

Urban growth also leads to a great diversity of people and lifestyles, which ensure thriving communities. Yet there are also places and neighbourhoods where spatial and social inequalities between communities become visible. You will learn to analyse the dynamics of how a variety of people use and experience a diversity of spaces within cities.

As a student of the Urban and Economic Geography Master’s, you will study the city and its economic, social and cultural developments from various academic perspectives and thematic angles, with an interdisciplinary approach.

An international focus

The Urban and Economic Geography programme has an international character. We welcome students from around the world into the programme. This ensures you are provided with the opportunity to come into contact with other cultures and national contexts. You will go on an international fieldtrip and can complete your Master's thesis project and/or internship abroad. You will be able to find work in many fields, positions, and locations following graduation.

Programme objective

This Master’s programme gives you a thorough understanding of important urban and economic issues. You will receive comprehensive training in the methodological and critical analytical skills needed to find possible solutions for challenges in urban regions. Working from a scientific and theoretical foundation, you come into contact with the daily practice. Through guest lectures and practical assignments (active learning), you will learn what graduates do and be able to determine where you would be most at home.

Why in Utrecht

Studying Urban and Economic Geography at Utrecht University has several advantages and benefits.

  • At the start of the programme, you can choose one of the specialisations to suit your specific interests which gives you the opportunity to tailor your own study programme.
  • You get the opportunity to develop a strong connection with the labour market through guest lectures from alumni, internships, problem-based assignments and professional competences courses to prepare for the labour market.
  • You get tailored guidance throughout the year, including assistance in designing a Master's thesis project and finding an internship.
  • You take an international fieldtrip to an interesting metropolitan region, available destinations vary from year to year, and conduct site visits with professional speakers.
  • As an Urban and Economic Geography student you get supervision by an esteemed team of tutors and researchers who conduct research within the Utrecht institute of Urban Futures. They have extensive contacts with international researchers and the private sector, and are always abreast of the latest developments.
  • You get to take part in a programme puts focus on the practical application of innovative theoretical concepts and discussions and are trained in advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods and techniques, with optional modules to further develop your techniques.

Key facts

Human Geography (MSc)
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1 year

Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April

Dutch & EU/EEA students: 1 June

Tuition fees: 
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee, full-time) 2023-2024: € 2,314

Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee) 2023-2024: € 18,332

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