Economic Geography: Regional Competitiveness and Trade (MSc)

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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
September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Economic Geography: Regional Competitiveness and Trade at University of Groningen

Do you want to become a specialist in regional economic development in an international context with a keen eye for the role of policy? The track in Regional Competitiveness and Trade prepares you for a career in regional economic strategies and research in regional science.

It aims to provide answers as to what can be done to stimulateeconomic development.

The track in Regional Competitiveness and Trade focusses onregional and global competitiveness related to trade and ForeignDirect Investment (FDI). Trade and FDI importantly govern theinterconnectivity between countries and regions and theirsubsequent economic development. The ongoing fragmentation ofvalue-chains - an Ipad is manufactured all over the globe - leadsto increasing trade between countries and a growing global presenceof multinational firms.

So, how do these (global) linkages between regions and countriesinfluence their competitiveness? In this track, which is part of the Master in EconomicGeography , you will familiarize yourself with the primetheoretical (New Economic Geography) and methodological (SpatialEconometrics) approaches to address the issues of interconnectivitybetween regions through trade and FDI. This track is organized incooperation with the Faculty of Economics and Business

Do you want to become a specialist in regional economic development in an international context with a keen eye for the role of policy? The track in Regional Competitiveness and Trade prepares you for a career in regional economic strategies and research in regional science.

The track, which is part of the Master in EconomicGeography and organized in cooperation with the Faculty ofEconomics and Business, focusses on regional and globalcompetitiveness related to trade and Foreign Direct Investment(FDI). Trade and FDI importantly govern the interconnectivitybetween countries and regions and their subsequent economicdevelopment. The ongoing fragmentation of value-chains - an iPad ismanufactured all over the globe - leads to increasing trade betweencountries and a growing global presence of multinational firms.

How do global linkages between regions and countries influencetheir competitiveness? You will learn the latest theoretical (NewEconomic Geography) and methodological (Spatial Econometrics)approaches to address the issues of interconnectivity betweenregions through trade and FDI.

Our graduates are specialists in regional economic developmentwith a keen eye for the role of policy. They are well versed in the latest theoretical and empirical Economic models of regionalgrowth.

After your studies

Job prospects

Graduates in Economic Geography that have followed the track inregional competitiveness and trade are specialists in regionaleconomic development in an international context with a keen eyefor the role of policy. Also, they are well-versed in the latestmethods and models in regional science. With this background, theprogramme prepares well a position in regional economic strategiesand research in regional science:

- 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 andentrepreneurship.

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 that have followed the track inregional competitiveness and trade are specialists in regionaleconomic development in an international context with a keen eyefor the role of policy. Also, they are well-versed in the latestmethods and models in regional science. With this background, theprogramme prepares well a position in regional economic strategiesand research in regional science:

- 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 andentrepreneurship.

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 startsSeptemberDomestic 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
Human Geography and Urban and Regional PlanningAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Spatial Planning and DesignAll 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.

Economics and Business EconomicsAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

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

International BusinessAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

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

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test
  • English on VWO level
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (A, B orC)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (A, B or C)
  • Minimum of 6,5 for the International English Language TestingSystem (Academic version) (IELTS)
  • Minimum of 90 on the internet based version of Test of Englishas a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Minimum of 580 on the written version of Test of English as aForeign Language (TOEFL)
  • Minimum of 237 on the computer version of the Test of Englishas a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Exceptions: native speakers or students with education from theUS, Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, United Kingdom or 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. Bachelor diploma's in Sociology, BusinessAdministration, Small Business and Entrepreneurship,Micro-Economics are sometimes admissible.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education
  • Direct access with a bachelor diploma in Human Geography &Urban and Regional Planning, and Spatial Planning and Design.Bachelor diploma'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
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based90

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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