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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 14350

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About Economic Geography at University of Groningen

Do you want to understand regional differences in economic structure and performance? In Economic Geography, you study the characteristics of economic activities across places and learn how to stimulate economic development.

The economy globalizes rapidly, and places become ever moreinterconnected. Simultaneously, economic activities increasinglycluster in specific places. As a result, socio-economic dynamicsare highly unequal across regions. People, firms and governmentsface very different challenges and opportunities depending on theirlocation.

In the master in Economic Geography you will learn to understand these region-specific socio-economic development paths. We focus on the actions of people and firms and how they govern regionaleconomic development: where do entrepreneurs start theirbusinesses, how do firms grow, where do people live, where do theymove to and which jobs do they have? Can we understand theirchoices? With this information on individual level, you will be able to understand regional developments and formulate policyavenues to govern such processes locally, nationally and internationally.

Our graduates are specialists in regional economic developmentwith a keen eye for the role of policy. For those interested in therole of international trade and globalization in regional economicdevelopment we offer a trackin Regional Competitiveness and Trade.

Do you want to understand regional differences in economic structure and performance? In Economic Geography, you study the characteristics of economic activities across places and learn how to stimulate economic development.

The economy globalizes rapidly, and places become ever moreinterconnected. Simultaneously, economic activities increasinglycluster in specific places. As a result, socio-economic dynamicsare highly unequal across regions. People, firms and governmentsface very different challenges and opportunities depending on theirlocation.

In the master in Economic Geography you will learn to understand these region-specific socio-economic development paths. We focus on the actions of people and firms and how they govern regionaleconomic development: where do entrepreneurs start theirbusinesses, how do firms grow, where do people live, where do theymove to and which jobs do they have? Can we understand theirchoices? With this information on individual level, you will be able to understand regional developments and formulate policyavenues to govern such processes locally, nationally and internationally.

Our graduates are specialists in regional economic developmentwith a keen eye for the role of policy. For those interested in therole of international trade and globalization in regional economicdevelopment we offer a trackin Regional Competitiveness and Trade.

After your studies

Job prospects

Graduates in Economic Geography Graduates are specialists inregional economic development with a keen eye for the role ofpolicy. With this specialization, EG-graduates often contribute toregional economic development strategies:

- A fair share of the graduates is employed by governmentalorganizations at all geographical levels (cities andmunicipalities, regional, national and international governmentalorganizations). This includes organizations such as the EU, thecity of Amsterdam or The Dutch Ministry of Environment andInfrastructure.

- Another large share of the graduates is active on thecommercial market, mostly in consultancies in economic development.This includes companies such as Twijnstra Gudde, Antea,

- A smaller share of the graduates enters research, teaching orentrepreneurship.

According to Elsevier (2015), job opportunities of geographersare above average with a relatively large job stability.

During the programme we offer support for your careerpreparation. The Career Services are provided by the CareersCompany and the UG Career Services.

More information about the Careers Company:http://www.rug.nl/frw/career
More information about the UG Career Services:http://www.rug.nl/careerservices

See where our alumni end up in this graphic!

Graduates in Economic Geography Graduates are specialists inregional economic development with a keen eye for the role ofpolicy. With this specialization, EG-graduates often contribute toregional economic development strategies:

- A fair share of the graduates is employed by governmentalorganizations at all geographical levels (cities andmunicipalities, regional, national and international governmentalorganizations). This includes organizations such as the EU, thecity of Amsterdam or The Dutch Ministry of Environment andInfrastructure.

- Another large share of the graduates is active on thecommercial market, mostly in consultancies in economic development.This includes companies such as Twijnstra Gudde, Antea,

- A smaller share of the graduates enters research, teaching orentrepreneurship.

According to Elsevier (2015), job opportunities of geographersare above average with a relatively large job stability.

During the programme we offer support for your careerpreparation. The Career Services are provided by the CareersCompany and the UG Career Services.

More information about the Careers Company:http://www.rug.nl/frw/career
More information about the UG Career Services:http://www.rug.nl/careerservices

See where our alumni end up in this graphic!

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

non-EU/EEA

€ 14350 per year

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Spatial Planning and DesignAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Human Geography and Urban and Regional PlanningAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Liberal Arts and SciencesAll Research universities

No additional requirements

More information:

Direct access with Philosophy, Politics & Economics. Noaccess with other majors.

International BusinessAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Contact Sierdjan Koster for more information (Sierdjan.Koster@rug.nl)

Economics and Business EconomicsAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Contact Sierdjan Koster for more information (Sierdjan.Koster@rug.nl)

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test
  • English at VWO level
  • Comparable to IELTS International English Language TestingSystem (Academic version) 6.5, with minimum scores:
  • Listening 6.0
  • Reading 6.0
  • Writing 6.0
  • Speaking 6.0
  • Exemptions: Native English speakers or diploma holders fromUnited States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UnitedKingdom, Ireland.
previous education

Bachelor degree related to the field of regional economicdevelopment. This includes Bachelor programmes in Human Geography,Economic Geography, Regional and Urban Planning, Regional Economy,Economy or related. Bachelordiploma's in Sociology, BusinessAdministration, Small Business and Entrepreneurship,Micro-Economics are sometimes admissible.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test
  • English at VWO level
  • Comparable to IELTS International English Language TestingSystem (Academic version) 6.5, with minimum scores:
  • Listening 6.0
  • Reading 6.0
  • Writing 6.0
  • Speaking 6.0
  • Exemptions: Native English speakers or diploma holders fromUnited States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UnitedKingdom, Ireland.
previous education
  • Direct access with a bachelor diploma in Human Geography &Urban and Regional Planning, and Spatial Planning and Design.Bachelordiploma's in Sociology, Business Administration, SmallBusiness and Entrepreneurship, Micro-Economics are sometimesadmissible.
  • Do you have another previous education? Then the assessmentwhether you have direct access will take place on individual basis.If you do not have direct access it will be assessed if you areadmissible after a pre-master programme. Please contact SierdjanKoster (sierdjan.koster@rug.nl)about this.

See more information about the admission for Dutch students: http://www.rug.nl/(...)mische_Geografie.pdf.

International students can contact admission@rug.nl for questionsabout their previous education

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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