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With your Bachelor's degree you have an academic working knowledge of the spatial studies field. Although you can immediately enter the labour market, most students choose to continue their studies with a Master's degree.

Subsequent Master's programmes

The Bachelor's programme in Human Geography and Planning links to many Master's programmes at the UvA, such as:

  • Human Geography

    The Master's programme in Human Geography focuses on urban and political geographies. We offer four specialisation tracks: Economic Geography, Political Geography, Spatial Sustainability Studies and Urban Geography.

  • Urban and Regional Planning

    The Master's programme in Urban and Regional Planning will teach you the skills, tools and approaches to reinvent urban futures.

  • International Development Studies

    International Development Studies is a one-year Master's programme in which you will examine global inequalities, ranging from their causes, characteristics and possible solutions.

  • Research Programmes

    In addition to the above-mentioned Master's programmes, the bachelor's program in Human Geography and Planning also aligns with two-year research Master's programmes such as;

    • Urban studies (research)
      The Research Master s programme in Urban Studies offers a multidisciplinary and (internationally) comparative perspective on urban research.
    • International Development Studies (research)
      During the Research Master's programme in International Development Studies you will critically and constructively focus on development debates, issues and processes with an emphasis on social and ecological justice.

You also have access to other Master's programmes. Master's less related to Human Geography and Planning might require you to complete a Pre-Master's programme first.

Professions for Human Geographers

Graduated human geographers and planners work in many different professions:

  • researcher/teacher
  • dike manager of a water board
  • project leader after a disaster/risk analyst
  • policy/information office
  • journalist
  • development geographer
  • advisor/consultant

And more.

Human geographers and planners are in demand in various sectors and organisations

  • ministries/provinces/municipalities
  • think tanks
  • water boards
  • education
  • private companies
  • engineering firms
  • research institutes
  • housing corporations/real estate
  • green and environmental organisations

And more.