Are you interested in the world around you? Are you fascinated by maps? Do you dare to ask critical questions about the world that you are living in? Do you believe you can help to further develop our world into a sustainable society? Then Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning may be the right choice for you.
Why is unemployment higher in some regions than others? What are the social and economic consequences in depopulating areas? How do you deal with different institutions to plan and build new residential areas? Human geographers investigate society in a spatial context. Our students learn to focus on spatial differences because social phenomena happen in specific places, at specific times and with specific impacts.
In the first year, you will be introduced to all themes within the fields of Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning. In the second year, the programme continues to deepen your knowledge and improve your skills. In the third year, you are allowed to partly fill in your own programme. You can follow courses provided by our faculty but you can also take a Minor or do an internship in a related field. There are also possibilities to visit an international university and follow related courses.
Finally, you will write your Bachelor's thesis to prove that you acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to become a human geographer and/or urban and regional planner.
Graduates with a Bachelor's degree in Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning often decide to pursue a Master's degree in a related field. Our Master's degrees grant you access to careers in business, government, and research.
Suitable jobs can be found in the world of local planning and government agencies, academic and non-academic research institutes, international organizations (or NGOs), advisory/consultancy agencies and elsewhere. For example, we have alumni working for housing associations where they investigate which types of housing should be built in new residential areas given the prospected residents. During the programme, we offer support for your career preparation.
- Advisor spatial planning at a consultancy firm
- Project manager at a local government agency
- High school geography teacher
If you are a native English speaker or if you hold a Dutch VWO diploma, you are exempt from providing us with proof of your English language proficiency. If you need to provide proof, acceptable test scores are:
- TOEFL: 80 (min. 19 speaking/ min. 20 writing)
- IELTS: 6.0 (min. 6.0 speaking/ min. 5.5 writing)
- Cambridge Advanced English: grade A, B or C
If you have taken or plan to take an English language test that is not listed here, please contact us for more information.
You will need a secondary education with qualifications for entrance to an undergraduate programme at a university. This includes:
- UK - 3 A Levels
- Germany - Abitur
- International Baccalaureate Diploma - 24 points or higher.
If you want to know if your diploma is accepted, please contact us or look on our website.
Application deadlines (course starts September 1, 2019)
- EU/EEA students: May 1, 2019
- Non-EU/EEA students: May 1, 2019
- EU/EEA students: € 2083
- non-EU/EEA students: € 8900
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