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The Master’s programme in Human Geography provides you with a strong background in contemporary theories and methodological debates in human geography. Digital Economic Geography is one of the four geographical sub-disciplines. In this track, you will gain essential knowledge and skills to effectively navigate how technological shifts are shaping today's global economic landscape.
  • Semester 1 & 2

    Digital Economic Geography is a track of the 1-year full time master programme Human Geography of 60 EC, spread over two semesters of 30 EC. The programme starts in September.  

    The joint curriculum consists of 24 EC which includes methods trainings and a fieldwork excursion abroad. Next to this, each track consists of a 12 EC core course and a thesis project of 24 EC. 

  • Thesis

    Look forward to showcasing your understanding of various geographical theories and research skills through a Master's thesis. You can choose topics specifically linked to Digital Economic Geography. For the thesis, you could also do fieldwork abroad.  

  • Fieldwork

    Throughout the GEO focus course, you will explore a specific case study in-depth by studying literature and engaging in fieldwork. This includes conducting research in Barcelona and sharing your main discoveries through an essay and presentation back in Amsterdam. 

  • Advanced Economic and Financial Geography
    Period 1
    Period 2

    The Economic Geography specialization focuses on understanding today's global economic landscape, exploring global production networks' impact on societies, policies, and financial systems. The course delves into concrete cases, studying global production networks' economic aspects, power dynamics, and geographical distribution, examining their influence on local communities, economies, and diverse social spaces. With a strong empirical focus on Europe and Asia, this course lays the groundwork for further thesis research on global economic issues in different regions.

  • Geographical Perspectives
    Period 1

    Delve into human geography's nature and the role of geographers in society, through the exploration of various perspectives like Marxism, feminism, and post-structuralism. Get equipped with tools to analyze articles independently, contribute to debates, and shape your thesis and future professional path as geographer. Core questions ponder the characteristics of human geography, geographers' roles, constraints they face, and the societal use of geographical expertise, encouraging critical reflection on future societal roles after graduation.

  • Geo Focus: Fieldwork Excursion
    Period 3

    During this course you will delve deeper into one particular case study through literature and fieldwork. This partially consists of conducting fieldwork in Barcelona, and presenting key findings in an essay and presentation back in Amsterdam.

  • Research Methodologies I: Qualitative and Quantitative research
    Period 4

    Develop your skills in data collection and analysis using either quantitative or qualitative methods. The course offers three tracks which you can choose from: Qualitative Methods, Quantitative Methodologies Basic and Quantitative Methodologies Advanced.

  • Research Methodologies II: Spatial Analyses
    Period 4

    Learn how to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for research and professional work. You will develop practical skills to generate, analyse, and visualise geographical information, while also developing a critical approach to spatial analysis and interpreting maps created by others.

  • Restricted-choice electives
    Period 2

    During the restricted choice elective you get the opportunity to choose one of the programme's thematic electives (see online course catalogue).

  • GEO Track: Master Thesis Project
    Period 4
    Period 5
    Period 6

    The master's thesis is the final part of the MSc Human Geography, integrating knowledge and skills from the program. Working in thematic groups, students delve into projects aligned with core courses, engaging in group and individual meetings with supervisors.

Find more information in the online course catalogue
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