Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning (BSc)

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The award
BSc

How long you will study
36 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 8300

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About Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning at University of Groningen

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 asustainable society? Then Human Geography & Urban and RegionalPlanning may be the right choice for you

Why is unemployment higher in some regions than others? What arethe social and economic consequences in depopulating areas? How doyou deal with different institutions to plan and build newresidential areas? Human geographers investigate society in aspatial context. Our students learn to focus on spatial differencesbecause social phenomena happen in specific places, at specifictimes and with specific impacts. In the first year you will beintroduced to all themes within the fields of Human Geography &Urban and Regional Planning. In the second year, the programmecontinues to deepen your knowledge and improve your skills. In thethird year you are allowed to partly fill in your own programme.You can follow courses provided by our faculty but you can alsotake a Minor or do an internship in a related field. There are alsopossibilities to visit an international university and followrelated courses. Finally, you will write your Bachelor's thesis toprove that you acquired the knowledge and skills necessary tobecome a human geographer and/or urban and regional planner.

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 asustainable society? Then Human Geography & Urban and RegionalPlanning (in Dutch: Sociale Geografie en Planologie) may be theright choice for you.

Why is unemployment higher in some regions than others? What arethe social and economic consequences in depopulating areas? How doyou deal with different institutions to plan and build newresidential areas? Human geographers investigate society in aspatial context. Our students learn to focus on spatial differencesbecause social phenomena happen in specific places, at specifictimes and with specific impacts. The bachelor degree programmeconsist of four learning tracks; 'Spatial Design'. 'SpatialPlanning', 'Water, infrastructure and Environment' and 'Research'.In the first year you will be introduced to all themes within thefields of Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning. In thesecond year, the programme continues to deepen your knowledge andimprove your skills. In the third year you are allowed to partlyfill in your own programme. You can follow courses provided by ourfaculty but you can also take a Minor or do an internship in arelated 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 theknowledge and skills necessary to become a human geographer and/orurban and regional planner.

After your studies

Job prospects

Graduates with a Bachelor's degree in Human Geography &Urban and Regional Planning often decide to pursue a Master'sdegree in a related field. Our Master's degrees grant you access tocareers in business, government and research.

Suitable jobs can be found in the world of local planning andgovernment agencies, academic and non-academic research institutes,international organizations (or NGOs), advisory/consultancyagencies and elsewhere. For example, we have alumni working forhousing associations where they investigate which types of housingshould be built in new residential areas given the prospectedresidents. During the programme we offer support for your careerpreparation. The Career Services are provided by the CareersCompany and the UG Career Services.
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Graduates with a Bachelor's degree in Human Geography &Urban and Regional Planning often decide to pursue a Master'sdegree in a related field. Our Master's degrees grant you access tocareers in business, government and research.

Suitable jobs can be found in the world of local planning andgovernment agencies, academic and non-academic research institutes,international organizations (or NGOs), advisory/consultancyagencies and elsewhere. For example, we have alumni working forhousing associations where they investigate which types of housingshould be built in new residential areas given the prospectedresidents. 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 CareersCompany
More information about the UG Career Services

Job examples

  • Advisor spatial planning at a consultancy firm
  • Project manager at a local government agency
  • High school geography teacher
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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 awardBScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study36 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 8300

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • CM
  • EM
  • NG
  • NT
  • HBO-p

    You only have access with a HBO-propedeuse (with HAVO) when youhave mathematics C and English on a VWO level. Please contact thestudy advisor (study.advice.frw@rug.nl).

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Only for international students:

  • Exemptions: Native English speakers or diploma holders fromUnited States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UnitedKingdom, Ireland.
math test

Students should have a Dutch VWO diploma with Mathematics C, ifnot students should have an HBO diploma with English on a VWO levelor international degree equivalent to a Dutch pre-university (vwo)degree with Mathematics C. See more information here about theequivalents: http://www.rug.nl/(...)alent-qualifications

previous education

Students should have a Dutch VWO diploma with Mathematics C andEnglish, if not students should have an international degreeequivalent to a Dutch pre-university (VWO) degree. See moreinformation here: http://www.rug.nl/(...)alent-qualificationsPlease contact the Admissions Office when you have questions (admission@rug.nl).

other admission requirements

When you want to take a Colloquium Doctum (a 21+ test), please contact the Study Advisor (study.advice.frw@rug.nl).

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

For students with an international diploma or an HBOdiploma:

  • Exemptions: Native English speakers or diploma holders fromUnited States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UnitedKingdom, Ireland.
math test

Students should have a Dutch VWO diploma with Mathematics C, ifnot students should have an HBO diploma with English on a VWO levelor international degree equivalent to a Dutch pre-university (vwo)degree with Mathematics C. See more information here about theequivalents: http://www.rug.nl/(...)alent-qualifications

previous education

Students should have a Dutch VWO diploma with Mathematics C andEnglish, if not students should have an HBO diploma with English ona VWO level or international degree equivalent to a Dutchpre-university (vwo) degree with Mathematics C. See moreinformation here: http://www.rug.nl/(...)alent-qualificationsContact the Admissions Office when you have questions (admission@rug.nl).

other admission requirements

When you want to take a Colloquium Doctum (a 21+ test), please contact the Study Advisor (study.advice.frw@rug.nl).

Choice of degree programme check

The degree programme will organize a choice of degree programme check. Attendance is compulsory. The advice is not binding.

  • There is an online questionnaire.

Explanatory notes

Dutch students are obligated to fill out the question form whichis part of the matching procedure. When the advice gives reason to,the student is asked to do a home assignment. When asked, this isobligatory. International students are selected by the AdmissionsBoard of the Programme.

Students with a Dutch diploma are obligated to fill out thequestion form which is part of the matching prodedure. When theadvice gives reason to, the student is asked to do a homeassignment. When asked, this is obligatory. International studentsare selected by the Admissions Board of the Programme.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6

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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