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The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Spatial Sciences at University of Groningen

Are you interested in a career as a researcher of spatial subjects? This programme allows the study of Spatial Sciences in the broadest possible way and it trains students to become good researchers.

The two-year Research Master in Spatial Sciences has two keyfeatures. First, it allows students maximum scientific freedom tolearn and discover. Second, it lets students develop seriousscientific research skills. Throughout the programme we takeinspiration from Einstein's words: 'I have no special talents. I amonly passionately curious'. Research Master students don't have tobe extraordinarily talented or gifted. But students need to have apassionate curiosity about people and places. With this drivingcuriosity the research master Spatial Sciences is a goodchoice.

Maximum scientific freedom to learn anddiscover

Students can design their own programme by choosing coursesaccording to their own interests. They can choose courses from allSpatial Sciences master programmes: environmental andinfrastructure planning, economic geography, cultural geography,population studies, socio-spatial planning or real estate studiesand they may also include courses from other faculties.

Serious development of research skills

Students become a good researcher by experiencing a series ofcarefully designed research settings. They will participate in ajoint multidisciplinary research challenge with other ReMastudents. They will receive one-to-one individual research trainingfrom an URSI staff member involved in the tWIST research programmeof our faculty. They will do a research internship at anoutstanding research institute. The research experiences will beboth big and small: they will range from the final master thesistaking several months to small half an hour researches as part of the scientific diary. Students will be trained in a wide array ofresearch methods.

Blog

Human geography, people and their multifaceted relations toplaces and spaces, is an important and rich field of study. Thisblog is written by students of the Research Master inSpatial Sciences of the University of Groningen. They shareinteresting facts, books, theories and discoveries they encounterwhile studying. www.rug.nl/frw/human-geography-remastered/

Are you interested in a career as a researcher of spatial subjects? This programme allows the study of Spatial Sciences in the broadest possible way and it trains students to become good researchers.

The two-year Research Master in Spatial Sciences has two keyfeatures. First, it allows students maximum scientific freedom tolearn and discover. Second, it lets students develop seriousscientific research skills. Throughout the programme we takeinspiration from Einstein's words: 'I have no special talents. I amonly passionately curious'. Research Master students don't have tobe extraordinarily talented or gifted. But students need to have apassionate curiosity about people and places. With this drivingcuriosity the research master Spatial Sciences is a goodchoice.

Maximum scientific freedom to learn anddiscover

Students can design their own programme by choosing coursesaccording to their own interests. They can choose courses from allSpatial Sciences master programmes: environmental andinfrastructure planning, economic geography, cultural geography,population studies, socio-spatial planning or real estate studiesand they may also include courses from other faculties.

Serious development of research skills

Students become a good researcher by experiencing a series ofcarefully designed research settings. They will participate in ajoint multidisciplinary research challenge with other ReMastudents. They will receive one-to-one individual research trainingfrom an URSI staff member involved in the tWIST research programmeof our faculty. They will do a research internship at anoutstanding research institute. The research experiences will beboth big and small: they will range from the final master thesistaking several months to small half an hour researches as part of the scientific diary. Students will be trained in a wide array ofresearch methods.

Blog

Human geography, people and their multifaceted relations toplaces and spaces, is an important and rich field of study. Thisblog is written by students of the Research Master inSpatial Sciences of the University of Groningen. They shareinteresting facts, books, theories and discoveries they encounterwhile studying. www.rug.nl/frw/human-geography-remastered/

After your studies

Job prospects

The graduates from the programme are well trained for 1) a PhDposition 2) a research position in organisations such as governmentministries, non-governmental organisations or research-basedconsultancies or 3) any other professional job in which scientificsolidness and creativity is an asset.

The close contacts with URSI researchers and PhD students (asmentors or teachers) in the graduate school allow an easytransition to a PhD position. The Research Internship at a ResearchInstitute is specifically introduced to let the student experiencethe work atmosphere at a research institute. 

During the programme we offer further support for yourcareer preparation. These Career Services are provided by theCareers Company and the UG Career Services. More information aboutthe Careers Company: http://www.rug.nl/frw/career Moreinformation about the UG Career Services: http://www.rug.nl/careerservices

See where our alumni end up in this graphic !

The graduates from the programme are well trained for 1) a PhDposition 2) a research position in organisations such as governmentministries, non-governmental organisations or research-basedconsultancies or 3) any other professional job in which scientificsolidness and creativity is an asset.

The close contacts with URSI researchers and PhD students (asmentors or teachers) in the graduate school allow an easytransition to a PhD position. The Research Internship at a ResearchInstitute is specifically introduced to let the student experiencethe work atmosphere at a research institute. 

During the programme we offer further support for yourcareer preparation. These Career Services are provided by theCareers Company and the UG Career Services. More information aboutthe Careers Company: http://www.rug.nl/frw/careerMore 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 study24 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

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.Conditional access with Cognition & Behaviour. No access withother majors.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

Generally, an interview with the applicant, in which attitude,motivation, orientation and competence for a career in (scientific)research are evaluated, forms part of the admission procedure. Theinterview is scheduled after the required documents have beenreceived and evaluated by the Admissions Board.

certified competences

Applicants should be fluent in English and meet one of the following conditions:

  • 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.
grade average

Excellent study results and high grades at university level (Arange, typically top 10%); Comparable to Dutch grading system:average grade of at least 7.0, for Bachelor thesis of at least7.5.

grade listNo further information
previous education

Academic bachelor degree in human geography and/or urban andregional planning or comparable qualifications, including at least10 ECTS in statistics or equivalent statistical knowledge.

professional experience

Not required

reference letterNo further information
written request

All applicants have to submit a detailed CV, list of grades,motivation letter and and one or two reference letters to dr. FransSijtsma (f.j.sijtsma@rug.nl).

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

Generally, an interview with the applicant, in which attitude,motivation, orientation and competence for a career in (scientific)research are evaluated, forms part of the admission procedure. Theinterview is scheduled after the required documents have beenreceived and evaluated by the Admissions Board.

certified competences

Applicants should be fluent in English and meet one of the following conditions:

  • 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.
grade average

Excellent study results and high grades at university level (Arange, typically top 10%); Comparable to Dutch grading system:average grade of at least 7, for Bachelor thesis of at least7.5.

knowledge minimum

Applicants should have some background knowledge in the SpatialSciences field (Urban or Regional Studies, Human, Economic orCultural Geography, Spatial Planning, Environmental andInfrastructure Planning, Demography or Real Estate).

previous education

Students should have a Bachelor's degree in a discipline relatedto Regional Studies, such as Human Geography and Planning,Environment and Infrastructure Planning, or Urban Studies. Studentswith a Bachelor's degree in the social or economic sciences alsohave direct access, preferably with a Minor worth 30 EC in humangeography and/or urban and regional planning and/or demography and/ or development studies. For those with a different Bachelordegree, the possibilities for admission are discussed with thecoordinator The direct access is conditional on sufficient Englishcommand, the knowledge minimum and the required grades.

professional experience

Not required

reference letterNo further information
written request

All applicants have to submit a detailed CV, list of grades,motivation letter and and one or two reference letters to dr. FransSijtsma (f.j.sijtsma@rug.nl).

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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