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Urban Geography (Human Geography)


The Master's in Urban Geography provides students with a deeper understanding of global and local processes that shape cities across the world. We study processes of urbanisation, urban inequality and every day urban life through a geographical lens, exploring how seemingly global phenomena take on place-specific forms and contribute to place-specific social and spatial challenges. You will thus learn to study cities not only from the perspective of the global, but also from the perspective of the local.


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Study programme

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.

Academic staff

The lecturers in the Master's track Urban Geography are all active researchers involved in the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR), Amsterdam research centres such as Centre of Urban Studies, IMES, ACCESS EUROPE and numerous international research networks and projects. They bring this research expertise and their networks to the programme.


The combination of taught skills, together with the specialisation track and the focus in the thesis will prepare students for their future career as a geographer in a wide array of institutional contexts: either public service, profit sector or civil society, either local, national, international or transnational organisations.

‘Doing Geography’

Amsterdam as a laboratory

Specialise in Urban Geography

Geographic fieldwork abroad

Is Urban Geography for you? 

If you are interested in:

  1. Studying people, space and place
  2. Urban problems
  3. Being actively involved in the content of the programme by organising track seminar sessions, and are also continuously challenged by involved academic staff to explore the boundaries of human geography
  4. Studying in a personal, inspiring and international environment

Then Urban Geography might be the track for you!

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Human Geography
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 66620
Location Roeterseiland campus