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Human Geography and Planning


Did you know that more and more people are living in an urban environment? Today, more than 4.3 billion people or 55% of the world’s population live in urban settings and the number is rising. Try to imagine what an impact this has on housing, sustainability, transportation and mobility.

Interested? Then Human Geography and Planning is your programme. In this Bachelor’s programme you will study the relationship between people and their environments, analysing pressing social issues and devising new solutions. Not only by reading books and articles, but also by doing research in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam and abroad.


Would you like to find out if Human Geography and Planning is the right programme for you? Introductions are available throughout the year. Sign up to attend the UvA Bachelor’s Week or find an overview of all our events.

About this programme

Learn more about what the BSc Human Geography and Planning is and what aspects you will learn during this 3-year programme.

Study programme

Studying Human Geography and Planning, you engage in research on socio spatial processes: the relationship between people and their environments.

  • You learn to understand how (inter)national differences and similarities between places are formed
  • You study the connections between spatial and social developments across international, national and local levels
  • You learn how to analyse and identify solutions for complex issues in and beyond the Netherlands, by combining various research methods, including advanced spatial analysis
The best thing about this programme are the theoretical subjects who are actually applied in practice.

Small groups and personal (learning) setting

Learn to contribute to change

Urban campus

Discover your interests and expertise

After graduation

Your Bachelor's degree, with your socio-spatial approach to urgent societal issues, will give you an immediate advantage on the job market. Many students choose to continue their studies with a Master's degree. National and international Master's programmes. Master's programmes that are closely related to this Bachelor's degree at the UvA:

  • Human Geography
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • International Development Studies
  • Research Master's Urban Studies

Is Human Geography and Planning for you?

  1. You are interested in people and the world around you
  2. You want to contribute to a more sustainable and equitable use of space
  3. You like to explore and understand new places

Then Human Geography and Planning is definitely for you.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme
BSc Human Geography and Planning
180 ECTS, 36 months
Language of instruction
Starts in
CROHO code
Roeterseiland campus