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The Master’s programme in Human Geography provides students with a strong background in contemporary theories and theoretical and methodological debates in human geography, and more specifically in the geographical sub-disciplines that are the focus of the four tracks.

The programme consists of three complementary components: 

  • Geo tracks, which enable students to specialise in either urban, economic, environmental or political geography;
  • Geo-skills, consisting of courses in which students develop a proper geographical habitus, providing them with relevant research methodologies, including qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research methods and GIS, as well as with other skills to prepare them for future labour market opportunities (presenting skills, cooperation skills, etc.);
  • Geo focus, where students apply their geographical expertise in multidisciplinary teams, bringing together the four sub-disciplines into a common fieldwork project.

Programme outline

First semester 

Second semester


Students complete the Master's programme Human Geography with a Master's thesis to demonstrate their knowledge of different geographical theories and research skills. The topics should be related to the geographical specialisation courses that the University of Amsterdam offers. For the thesis, fieldwork can be carried out abroad.


The entire programme will be taught in English, although Dutch students have the right to do their exams in Dutch since this programme has a Dutch accreditation.

Degree requirements

The MSc in Human Geography is awarded upon completion of 60 ECTS credits, including all required courses in the curriculum and a written Master's thesis, which is based on an independent research project.

Detailed course information

The complete description of all courses in this programme can be found in the online UvA Course Catalogue. When consulting the online Course Catalogue, please take into account that the updated programme for the upcoming academic year will be published early June.

UvA Course Catalogue - Master's programme Human Geography