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What will I learn?

Tourism is a global phenomenon with important regional and local impacts. Due to the large number of tourist trips and the possible economic influences, tourism development is often seen by policy makers as an important strategy for regional development. Tourism is an important instrument to achieve economic growth and improvement of the quality of life and the standard of living in areas that struggle with a decline in traditional economic sectors.

The Tourism Geography and Planning track offers critical insights into the role of the tourism sector in such live ability and identity questions. It offers international, place-based, critical and research-oriented approaches. You will discuss socio-cultural and spatial perspectives on tourism development, planning theories, research methods and relevant practices of tourism and places in the curriculum.

Job prospects

Graduates can apply their knowledge internationally and locally as:

policy analysts in governmental offices

tourism officers

destination planners

tourism entrepreneurs

UNWTO officers



Which department am I in?

Faculty of Spatial Sciences

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
€15,000.00 (12,25,490) 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 Bachelor's degree. Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

For international students

Academic Bachelor degree in geography or social sciences, with some background knowledge in Geography, including at least 10 ECTS in statistics and research methods. Research Universities bachelor degrees in Social, Rural, Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning; Environment and Infrastructure Planning; Sociology; Social Psychology; Landscape Architecture; Cultural Anthropology; International Relations; Land Use Planning.

Students with a relevant HBO diploma can be admitted to a pre-master programme. Contact master coordinator Tialda Haartsten for more information. Students at Stenden studying Tourism Management can take a minor in their programme that will give them direct access to this master programme.

IELTS overall band 6.5, no less than 6.0 on each section

TOEFL internet based 90, no less than 21 on each section

Cambridge English: Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (formerly known as CAE/CPE)

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


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