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What will I learn?

These questions will be tackled in the master Cultural Geography. You will learn how culture and identity play a role in the liveability of cities and the countryside and the wellbeing of people. Central themes of the Master programme are culture, identity, liveability, landscape, tourism and heritage. You will explore the relations between these themes both theoretically and practically in several courses. You will study and apply these insights in the Netherlands and in international contexts, for example, during an annually organized field trip to a European city outside of the Netherlands. As a student in Cultural Geography, we offer the possibility to follow the Tourism Geography and Planning track. In this track you will approach liveability and identity questions specifically from the perspective of the tourism sector.

In the Master Cultural Geography you will develop a critical stance and practical insights into how you could support the social cohesion, resilience and adaptive power of communities and people to innovate. After graduating from this Master programme, you will be able to apply your insights in diverse policy, research and consultancy sectors including urban and rural development, heritage conservation, tourism and landscape management.

You will follow the master Cultural Geography and the master track Tourism Geography and Planning in Leeuwarden at the RUG/Campus Fryslân. Note that some compulsory and optional courses are still offered in Groningen.

Job prospects

You will find graduates of the Msc. Cultural Geography in a variety of places.

Our graduates get jobs with:

international organisations, such as UN and EU agencies;
national government departments;
regional and local government agencies;
commercial firms of all kinds
consulting firms
non-government organisations of various kinds
tourist agencies

To optimize the connection between the Master's program and the labour market, we try to stay in touch with our alumni, for example via the LinkedIn group Master Cultural Geography.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Spatial Sciences

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
€15,000.00 (12,11,632) 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.

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)

University of Groningen LCET: Minimum section scores C2 or C1 (one B2 allowed)

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


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