The Urban and Economic Geography programme prepares you for both an academic career and a professional career in companies and international organisations. Working in such organisations requires strong analytical skills, writing and presentation skills, strong ethics, and the ability to work in teams within a multicultural and international environment. The skills taught in the programme offer you a solid preparation to meet these requirements. The distribution of our alumni across functions in universities and outside academia indicates that the programme achieves these objectives.

Academic and Professional knowledge and skills

Once you have completed the Master’s programme in Urban and Economic Geography, you will be able to independently carry out scientific research in academic, policy, or consulting environments. You will also have:

  • a strong theoretical background to interpret urban and regional developments;
  • the ability to integrate concepts and formulate original ideas that can be incorporated in projects, reports, and proposals;
  • the ability to develop research designs for a professional or academic study;
  • the skills to carry out data collection using up-to-date quantitative and qualitative methods;
  • the tools to analyse qualitative and quantitative data using advanced techniques;
  • the aptitude to report research findings according to scientific and professional standards, resulting in scientific articles, professional publications/policy recommendations and oral presentations;
  • the capacity to assess the societal relevance of research findings and translate them into policy recommendations; and
  • knowledge of academic ethics, specifically with respect to scientific research.


Career Support

UU Career Support

UU Career Support offers training related to career orientation and job application skills; examples include writing an application letter and CV and conducting a job interview. You can find more information about career support on UU Career Support for Dutch students or UU Career Support for international students.

UU Careers Day

Once a year Utrecht University organises a Careers Day. The Careers Day offers the opportunity to sign up for workshops and trainings, and to meet recruiters at the careers fair. It’s also possible to join a job application training or have your resume checked.