MSc in Human Geography - Specialisation in Cultural Geography and Tourism



What will I learn?

In this specialisation you will learn to understand and interpret advanced theories and practices of leisure and tourism and the interaction between tourism and the social, cultural and physical environment.

Master's specialisation Cultural Geography and Tourism: something for you?

This Master's prepares you as a full-fledged academic in this field and as such is unique in the Netherlands.
Although the foundation of this specialisation is geographical, our approach to this theme is highly multidisciplinary to include related fields.
This Master's has an international character.
You will conduct your Master’s thesis research in the framework of a research internship at an organisation active in a field related to tourism.

What will you learn?

In this Master's specialisation, you will explore the meaning of places in a highly mobile global society. In this society, people develop and cherish feelings of attachment and belonging not just with the places where they live and work, but also increasingly with the places they visit as a traveller and tourist. You will investigate the sociospatial consequences for these places and for the people who inhabit and visit them. This specialisation is offered in cooperation with Wageningen University.

Career prospects

Master’s specialisation in Cultural Geography and Tourism

The Master's specialisation in Cultural Geography and Tourism provides graduates entry into rapidly growing sectors of the job market, be it government, business or academia. Graduates will be able to apply the scientific insights and practical skills acquired to topics as varied as development and marketing of places, tourism industries, planning, sustainability, cultural diversity.

With expertise gained during this Master’s, a graduate can be employed in a wide range of jobs, both in and outside the Netherlands, for example:

Government agency: as city or region manager, city or region marketer, city or landscape planner, etc.
Semi-government agencies such as development agencies, cultural planning agencies, but also research institutes: as researcher, consultant, advisor, policy maker, etc.
Private industry: as event manager, museum director, city or region marketer, consultant, journalist, PR-manager, tourist office manager, event manager.

Which department am I in?

Nijmegen School of Management

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€16,500.00 (14,57,984) per year
Start date

Expected September 2023


Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,



6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed Bachelor's degree in Philosophy or in a related discipline (in the latter case, students must have acquired at least 60 EC in Philosophical disciplines). The applicant must have a degree with merit or distinction or equivalent. Meaning: a student’s weighted grade-point average in Philosophy in the 2nd and 3rd year of their Bachelor's programme must be the equivalent of 7.5 or more (on the Dutch scale of 10). A TOEFL iBT or 100 overall, with subscores of 22; An IELTS score of 7.0, with subscores of 6.5; A Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency, with marks of C or higher.

For international students

In order to get admission to this Master's you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent, from a research university) from a geography-related discipline, such as Spatial Planning, Geography, Environment Studies.

For students with a completed Bachelor's degree (or equivalent, from a research university) in a related area such as International Relations, Social Sciences, Anthropology, Psychology, History, Philosophy, Religion Studies, European Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Economics, Development Studies, Language Studies, Architecture, (Urban) Design Studies, Leisure and Tourism, Conflict Studies and Management Sciences your prior education might first needs to be approved by the examination Board in order to enroll in the study programme.

All other students need one of the following certificates (All certificates may not be older than two years):

TOEFL iBT: ≥ 90 & subscores ≥ 22
IELTS Academic: ≥ 6,5 overall. Subscores ≥ 6,0, writing subscore ≥ 6,5
Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency: C or higher

Application Deadline: Non-EU/EEA students - 1 April; EU/EEA students - 1 May (recommended deadline for assistance with finding housing) and 1 July (final application deadline).


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