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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 Cultural Geography at University of Groningen

How does culture contribute to the liveability of places? Which role does the landscape play in the establishment of a regional identity? How could tourism and heritage stimulate regional development?

These questions will be tackled in the master CulturalGeography. You will learn how culture and identity play a role in the liveability of cities and the countryside and the wellbeing ofpeople. Central themes of the Master programme are culture,identity, liveability, landscape, tourism and heritage. You willexplore the relations between these themes both theoretically andpractically in severalcourses. You will study and apply these insights in theNetherlands and in international contexts, for example, during anannually organized field trip to a European city outside of theNetherlands. As a student in Cultural Geography, we offer thepossibility to follow the TourismGeography and Planning track. In this track you will approachliveability and identity questions specifically from theperspective of the tourism sector.

In the Master Cultural Geography you will develop a criticalstance and practical insights into how you could support the socialcohesion, resilience and adaptive power of communities and peopleto innovate. After graduating from this Master programme, you willbe able to apply your insights in diverse policy, research andconsultancy sectors including urban and rural development, heritageconservation, tourism and landscape management.

You will follow the master Cultural Geography and the mastertrack Tourism Geography and Planning in Leeuwarden at the RUG/Campus Fryslân.

How does culture contribute to the liveability of places? Which role does the landscape play in the establishment of a regional identity? How could tourism and heritage stimulate regional development?

These questions will be tackled in the master CulturalGeography. You will learn how culture and identity play a role in the liveability of cities and the countryside and the wellbeing ofpeople. Central themes of the Master programme are culture,identity, liveability, landscape, tourism and heritage. You willexplore the relations between these themes both theoretically andpractically in severalcourses. You will study and apply these insights in theNetherlands and in international contexts, for example, during anannually organized field trip to a European city outside of theNetherlands. As a student in Cultural Geography, we offer thepossibility to follow the TourismGeography and Planning track. In this track you will approachliveability and identity questions specifically from theperspective of the tourism sector.

In the Master Cultural Geography you will develop a criticalstance and practical insights into how you could support the socialcohesion, resilience and adaptive power of communities and peopleto innovate. After graduating from this Master programme, you willbe able to apply your insights in diverse policy, research andconsultancy sectors including urban and rural development, heritageconservation, tourism and landscape management.

You will follow the master Cultural Geography and the mastertrack Tourism Geography and Planning in Leeuwarden at the RUG/Campus Fryslân.

After your studies

Job prospects

You will find graduates of the Msc. Cultural Geography in avariety of places.

Our graduates get jobs with:

  • international organisations, such as UN and EU agencies;
  • national government departments;
  • regional and local government agencies;
  • commercial firms of all kinds
  • consulting firms
  • non-government organisations of various kinds
  • tourist agencies


To optimize the connection between the Master's program and thelabour market, we try to stay in touch with our alumni, for examplevia the LinkedIn group Master Cultural Geography.
During the programme we offer support for your career preparation.The Career Services are provided by the Careers Company and the UGCareer Services.
More information about the Careers Company
More information about the UG Career Services

See where our alumni end up in this graphic!

You will find graduates of the Msc. Cultural Geography in avariety of places.

Our graduates get jobs with:

  • international organisations, such as UN and EU agencies;
  • national government departments;
  • regional and local government agencies;
  • commercial firms of all kinds
  • consulting firms
  • non-government organisations of various kinds
  • tourist agencies


To optimize the connection between the Master's program and thelabour market, we try to stay in touch with our alumni, for examplevia the LinkedIn group Master Cultural Geography.
During the programme we offer support for your career preparation.The Career Services are provided by the Careers Company and the UGCareer Services.
More information about the Careers Company
More information about the UG Career Services

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

http://www.rug.nl/education/tuition/fees/master-degrees

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
M Sociology and Social Research (research)All Research universities

Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

More information:

for information contact master coordinator Arie Stoffelen

M PsychologieAll Research universities

Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

More information:

for information contact master coordinator Arie Stoffelen

Cultural Anthropology and Development SociologyAll Research universities

Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

More information:

for information contact master coordinator Arie Stoffelen

Liberal Arts and SciencesAll Research universities

No additional requirements

More information:

Direct access with Philosophy, Politics & Economics.Conditional access with Reflecting on Culture and Cognition &Behaviour. Please contact master coordinator Arie Stoffelen in thatcase. No access with other majors.

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 interactive version of the Test ofEnglish as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Excemptions: native speakers or students with education from the US, Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, United Kingdom orIreland
previous education

Academic Bachelor degree in geography or social sciences, withsome background knowledge in Geography, including at least 10 ECTSin statistics and research methods. Research Universities bachelordegrees in Social, Rural, Human Geography and Urban and RegionalPlanning; Environment and Infrastructure Planning; Sociology;Social Psychology; Landscape Architecture; Cultural Anthropology;International Relations; Land Use Planning.

other admission requirements

Premaster programmes

The following scheme shows a standard premaster programme for the Master Cultural Geography. Changes to this scheme remainpossible, depending on the undergraduate programme of the applyingstudent. For more information, please contact master coordinatorArie Stoffelen (h.j.w.stoffelen@rug.nl).

1a Urbanism and planning, Physical geography 1b Statistics 1,People, place and culture 2a Statistics 2, Bachelorproject 2bBachelorproject, Methods of academic research

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 interactive version of the Test ofEnglish as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Excemptions: native speakers or students with education from the US, Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, United Kingdom orIreland
previous education

Academic Bachelor degree in geography or social sciences, withsome background knowledge in Geography, including at least 10 ECTSin statistics and research methods. Research Universities bachelordegrees in Social, Rural, Human Geography and Urban and RegionalPlanning; Environment and Infrastructure Planning; Sociology;Social Psychology; Landscape Architecture; Cultural Anthropology;International Relations; Land Use Planning.

other admission requirements

Premaster programmes

The following scheme shows a standard premaster programme for the Master Cultural Geography. Changes to this scheme remainpossible, depending on the undergraduate programme of the applyingstudent. For more information, please contact master coordinatorArie Stoffelen (h.j.w.stoffelen@rug.nl).

1a Urbanism and planning, Physical geography 1b Statistics 1,People, place and culture 2a Statistics 2, Bachelorproject 2bBachelorproject, Methods of academic research

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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