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Economic Geography (MSc)

Academic staff

Ewald Engelen is the coordinator of this track and Professor in Financial Geography. 

dhr. prof. dr. E.R. (Ewald) Engelen

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen

Programmagroep: Geographies of Globalizations

Jeroen van Pelt is study adviser of Human Geography.

dhr. J. (Jeroen) van Pelt-Deen MSc

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen

OBP Groep Onderwijsbureau Sociale Wetenschappen

Lecturers

dhr. dr. D.L. (Dennis) Arnold

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen

Programmagroep: Geographies of Globalizations

dhr. dr. N.P.C. (Niels) Beerepoot

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen

Programmagroep: Geographies of Globalizations

dhr. prof. dr. E.R. (Ewald) Engelen

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen

Programmagroep: Geographies of Globalizations

Ingmar Zwier
Ingmar Zwier

Students 

'The possibilities for writing your thesis are plentiful. There are organised group projects going abroad (this year to Shenzhen and Nairobi), a project providing you with the opportunity to do individual research in South-East Asia, or a project focusing on the Amsterdam Canal District.'

  • Read more from Ingmar Zwier

    My name is Ingmar Zwier and I am currently studying the Economic Geography track of the Master Human Geography at the UvA. I have been at the UvA for a number of years now, starting my studies in the combined Urban Planning & Human Geography Bachelor. Over the years I chose to specialise mainly in Urban Planning. After finishing the Master Urban and Regional Planning in 2015, I realised that I wanted to do another Master to broaden my knowledge. It was then when I started thinking about doing this Master.

    'A deeper understanding of economy will definitely help on the labour market in the future'

    The Economic Geography track especially stood out for me, as it combines geography with a deeper understanding of the global economy. This was one of the main reasons for me to choose this programme as I figured that having a deeper understanding of economy will definitely help on the labour market in the future. Besides this, the broadness of the programme also really attracted me. The course provides a realistic image of the global economy, and also deals with existing problems, for instance the labour market.The course is structured in roughly three parts. First of all, there are the specialisation courses which focus on the chosen track. The groups in these courses are usually small (10-15 people), which provides plenty of room for interaction and discussion. In addition to these courses, there are courses which you attend with all Master Human Geography students, such as the research methods & techniques course and a very interesting fieldwork project to learn doing geography in practice, either far away or closer to home according to your own preference. 

    'The possibilities for writing your thesis are plentiful'

    The last part, which takes up the majority of time in the second half of this Master’s, is the individual thesis. The possibilities for writing your thesis are plentiful, as there are organised group projects going abroad (this year to Shenzhen and Nairobi), a project providing you with the opportunity to do individual research in South-East Asia, or a project focusing on the Amsterdam Canal District. There is also the possibility, in agreement with the lecturers, of doing something that doesn’t really fit into one of these research projects. Although organising the thesis in projects worked very well for me, as it allows you think about what direction your research will be taking early on in the Master.

Study associations 

To meet fellow students and take part in social and study-related activities, you can become a member of a study association, join events organised by MasCot or visit the UvA's Sports Centre or CREA.

MasCot

GSSS MasCot is a student-based organisation that is actively engaged in internationalisation within the UvA. The organisation was founded in 2014 upon initiative from the BOS (Board of Studies) students of the UvA Graduate School of Social Sciences. MasCot operates independently for, and within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. Today, MasCot is more active than ever.

The GSSS aims for an international and diverse student population. Beyond offering Master students good education and future career prospects, international students at the GSSS need to feel welcome, and establish social networks to feel related here at the UvA. It is with this goal in mind, that MasCot bridges the gap between international and Dutch students, by organising social, educational and career events for all Master Students at the GSSS.

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Each discipline within the Graduate School of Social Sciences has its own student association. These associations organise social and study related events and often play an important role in department and faculty committees.

Anthropology - Kwakiutl

Geography and Planning - Sarphati

Political Science - Machiavelli

Sociology - Sociologisch EpiCentrum

Sport, culture and other student organisations

If you would like to go to a sports & fitness centre before or after class, you can visit the University Sports Centre (USC). Or would you rather take up a creative course in photography or theatre for example? Then visit CREA, the cultural organisation of the UvA.

For other options to meet fellow students, check the list with student organisations.

www.usc.uva.nl

www.crea.uva.nl

Other international student organisations at UvA