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Political Geography (Human Geography)
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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.

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

Human Geography - study programme


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.

Accreditation and academic title

Upon successful completion of (tracks of) Human Geography, students receive a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Human Geography (Sociale Geografie).

The quality of this Master’s degree has been accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) in conformity with the Higher Education and Scientific Research Act (WHW) under registration number 66620. This means that the MSc degree is legally recognised.

You can find more information on accreditation and degrees through the links below.

More information on accreditation and degree (for international students)

Meer informatie over accreditatie en titulatuur (for Dutch students)