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Entry requirements

Human Geography (MSc) - tracks

Applications will be carefully evaluated by the admissions committee. The committee determines whether all entry requirements as specified below are met and assesses the quality of each application  in comparison with the other applications received.

Educational background

Bachelor's degree

Students with a Bachelor’s degree in human geography (sociale geografie) or in another closely related discipline (such as sociology, cultural anthropology, political science, economics, bèta­ gamma and/or future planet studies provided it includes a major in human geography) are invited to apply, provided they meet all other entry requirements.

International degrees are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the degree should be equivalent to three years of Dutch academic education.

Human geography 

All applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of human geography studies with (the equivalent of) at least 30 ECTS credits earned during previous studies.

Research methodology

Applicants should have a solid basis in both qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methodology as demonstrated by the completion of (the equivalent of) at least 20 ECTS during previous study. Upon entry to the Master's programme, students are expected to be able to:

  • Make a solid research design
  • Understand advantages and disadvantages of different research methods and a mixed methods approach
  • Develop and carry out (simple) surveys
  • Interpret the results of surveys
  • Carry out statistical analysis, preferably with SPSS or similar software
  • Conduct interviews
  • Analyse the results of interview
  • Possibly use historical research methods for the purpose of triangulation.

English language proficiency 

As the Master's programme will be highly demanding and fully taught in English, a high level of English language proficiency is expected of all applicants. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and give presentations in English.

To ensure the quality of education and to safeguard students from failing their studies or slowing down class interactions, all non-native speakers need to demonstrate their proficiency in English before enrolment. All applicants who are nationals of countries other than:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • New Zealand

For this Master’s programme, an exemption is made for Dutch students. They do not have to submit an English test score. Depending on the lecturer’s nationality and availability, they may be allowed to hand in written work in Dutch. Nevertheless, they are strongly advised to prepare themselves optimally, e.g. by undertaking language skills courses in academic English and/or public speaking.

Students of the College of Social Sciences (CSW) of the University of Amsterdam are encouraged to complete the English Refresher Course (CSW) as proper preparation, during their Bachelor’s studies:

English Refresher Course (CSW)

For more information on the test requirement and possible exemptions, please see:

English language proficiency


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