The Research Master’s programme Urban and Economic Geography offers a two-year degree. 

  Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4
First year The New Science of Cities Urban Social Dynamics Urban Resilience Key Thinkers in Urban & Economic Geography
Quantitative Urban & Economic Analytics Doing Qualitative Research in Dynamic Urban Settings Writing Competencies Developing a Master's thesis proposal
Second year Master's thesis: guided research abroad and scientific publication Communication Competencies
Scientific Research Proposal

Detailed information about courses

First year

The first year comprises eight courses (60 ECTS). Students will become acquainted with leading theoretical knowledge in broad and specialised domains of urban and economic geography (four courses of 7,5 EC each). Qualitative and quantitative research methods are taught using case studies, tools and data specific to urban and economic geography topics (two courses of 7,5 EC each). Two dedicated courses will focus on academic skills in scientific and academic writing and in writing a research proposal for the Master’s thesis (7,5 each).

Second year

The second year of the programme (60 ECTS) consists of a Master's thesis and two final courses.

  • The Master’s thesis research project (45 EC) is carried out abroad working in close collaboration with research partners and closely supervised by UU staff. The thesis will be drafted into a scientific paper, suitable for publication in a peer reviewed scientific journal and/or a thesis report.
  • In the two final courses of the programme (7,5 EC each), students will develop a Research Project Proposal for a PhD application. The course Communication Competencies aims to improve the communication skills of students, bridging the academic master’s setting to the labour market, career context and society in a natural way.

All courses, including the Master’s thesis research project, will be taught by qualified researchers/lecturers from the Urban Future research centre Utrecht (UF).

Extra curriculum meetings

In the first term of the first year, a number of familiarising sessions are organised to help students develop individual, coherent programmes that best match their experience, interests and ambitions and to discuss students’ disciplinary and educational backgrounds, and their motivations and ambitions concerning the research master. These discussions concentrate on the major importance of the master’s thesis and appropriate courses or issues for assignments in other courses. Students will actively participate in department research activities and events, such as joining the research seminars of the department, the Urban Futures lectures and the department’s annual two-day retreat (UF research days).

Educational methods

Different educational methods are applied in the Master's programme:

  • Lectures, tutorials, and computer practicums
  • Seminars (presentations and discussion)
  • Peer feedback meetings
  • Student group meetings
  • Master's thesis project
  • Research period abroad

The educational methods mentioned above are applied in small group. Students are personally coached during their studies, particularly in courses concerning academic skills. Overall, we closely follow their personal and scientific development during the master’s thesis and the period abroad.