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Research Master

Urban Studies

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The two-year Research Master’s in Urban Studies deals with questions surrounding the increasing urbanisation of today’s world. Cities are characterised by economic, social, political and cultural opportunities, but also carry risks of social problems, inequality and security issues. In this programme, you will learn to research and analyse these challenges.

UvA online Open House

This year, you won’t be able to attend any busy on-campus events with lots of people. But our online Open House is the perfect way to get to know UvA study programmes and university life from the comfort of your own home.

Every study programme has an Open House page with videos, FAQs and live events. On the main Open House website you can discover all our programmes,explore the city and campus, and get inspired during our theme weeks.

Study programme

The Research Master's in Urban Studies combines the disciplines of urban geography, economic geography, urban and regional planning, and urban sociology to provide a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to studying urban change, as well as the opportunities and challenges this produces. You will learn about contemporary urban phenomena and will be trained in a variety of research methodologies and techniques to understand these from a critical perspective.

What is a Research Master's programme?
In this video, the features of a Research Master's programme are explained by a current student, an alumna and an academic staff member.

Why study Urban Studies in Amsterdam?

In the Research Master’s in Urban Studies, you will

  • study for a semester at a university abroad
  • study urban studies from an interdisciplinary approach 
  • focus on internationally comparative research.

Academic staff

Lecturers in the Research Master's in Urban Studies are based in the departments of human geography, palnning and sociology. They are strongly affiliated with UvA's Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR), which is one of the most prestigious institutes of its kind. 


The programme is specifically designed for excellent students wishing to pursue a career in research. Graduated students find positions as

  • PhD-student and/or Assistant Professor
  • Policy maker at various municipalities, provinces or Dutch ministries
  • Consultants in real estate development or in environmental development. 

Is RMSc Urban Studies for you?

  • Are you a research-oriented student with an interest in “the urban”?
  • Are you in support of a multidisciplinary approach and think beyond your own disciplinary background?
  • Have you performed above average in your Bachelor’s programme?

Then RMSc Urban Studies is something for you.

Our students come from various disciplines, mainly in social sciences, and originate from the Netherlands as well as beyond (50%).

Facts & Figures
Degree programme Urban Studies (Research)
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60217