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Research Master

Urban Studies

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The two-year Research Master’s in Urban Studies deals with questions surrounding the increasing urbanisation of today’s world. Cities are characterised by economic, social, political and cultural opportunities, but also carry risks of social problems, inequality and security issues. In this programme, you will learn to research and analyse these challenges.


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Study programme

The Research Master's in Urban Studies combines the disciplines of urban geography, economic geography, urban and regional planning, and urban sociology to provide a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to studying urban change, as well as the opportunities and challenges this produces. You will learn about contemporary urban phenomena and will be trained in a variety of research methodologies and techniques to understand these from a critical perspective.

Interdisciplinary approach

Study abroad for a semester

Focus on internationally comparative research

Academic staff

Lecturers in the Research Master's in Urban Studies are based in the departments of human geography, palnning and sociology. They are strongly affiliated with UvA's Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR), which is one of the most prestigious institutes of its kind. 

What is a Research Master's programme?

In this video, the features of a Research Master's programme are explained by a current student, an alumna and an academic staff member.


The programme is specifically designed for excellent students wishing to pursue a career in research.

Is Urban Studies for you?

  1. Are you a research-oriented student with an interest in “the urban”?
  2. Are you in support of a multidisciplinary approach and think beyond your own disciplinary background?
  3. Have you performed above average in your Bachelor’s programme?

Then RMSc Urban Studies is something for you.

Our students come from various disciplines, mainly in social sciences, and originate from the Netherlands as well as beyond (50%).

Facts & Figures
Degree programme Urban Studies (Research)
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60217
Location Roeterseiland campus