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What will I learn?

If you want to study Human Geography Planning, Groningen is the perfect choice. The strength of the programme lies in its combination of five fields: Economic Geography, Real Estate Studies, Population Studies, Cultural Geography and Planning. There is an open atmosphere and it is easy to contact other students and lecturers.

In the first year you will be introduced to all themes within the fields of Human Geography & Planning. In the second year, the programme continues to deepen your knowledge and improve your skills. In the third year you are allowed to partly fill in your own programme. You can follow courses provided by our faculty but you can also take a Minor or do an internship in a related field. There are also possibilities to visit an international university and follow related courses. Finally, you will write your Bachelor's thesis to prove that you acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to become a human geographer and/or urban and regional planner.

You will learn to investigate society in a spatial context and focus on spatial differences because social phenomena happen in specific places, at specific times and have specific impacts. You can use this knowledge to create and develop new ideas to improve the current and future societal landscape, within a broad scope of topics (e.g. labour markets, global development, migration, governance, cultural heritage).

Job prospects

Graduates with a Bachelor's degree in Human Geography Planning often decide to pursue a Master's degree in a related field. Our Master's degrees grant you access to careers in business, government and research.

Suitable jobs can be found in the world of local planning and government agencies, academic and non-academic research institutes, international organizations (or NGOs), advisory/consultancy agencies and elsewhere. For example, we have alumni working for housing associations where they investigate which types of housing should be built in new residential areas given the prospected residents.

During the programme at the University of Groningen we offer support for your career preparation.

Job examples

Advisor spatial planning at a consultancy firm
Project manager at a local government agency
High school geography teacher

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Spatial Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
€9,500.00 (7,76,144) per year
Application deadline

Expected May 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5,


9712 CP, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have qualifications that are considered equivalent to the Dutch pre-university diploma (VWO). TOEFL iBT: 90 (min. 21 every item); IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (min. 6.0 every item)

For international students

Previous education: Students with an international diploma should have an international degree equivalent to a Dutch pre-university (VWO) degree.

Math test: Mathematics should have been passed as standard/methods level subject (VWO level A) in your secondary school education. If not you will be asked to proof the level of mathematics, for instance by taking a math test.

IELTS International English Language Testing System (Academic version) 6.0, with a minimum score of 6.0 on each section

TOEFL: minimum overall score 80 (reading: 18, listening: 18, speaking: 20, writing: 21)

Cambridge English C1 Advanced / C2 Proficiency (formerly known as: CAE / CPE): minimum score of 169

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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