What will I learn?

In this Master’s specialisation you will study how different actors influence the physical form of cities but also the way in which they present and understand the character and identity of cities, and how they make use of the typical urban environment in their daily activities.

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

The focal point in this specialisation is the city: its hybrid nature, its political economy, its active civil society and the daily struggles and advantages of urban life.
We explicitly focus on the role of urban culture as the driving force for urban development.
Our approach is highly multidisciplinary to include related fields as spatial planning and anthropology.
We define culture as the behaviours and beliefs of people in society. Culture in the sense of the arts and architecture are included when seen of as a form of expression by the community.

What will you learn?

In this specialisation you will study urban life and urban development, as well as the thrill of the 'urban experience'. We will focus on how the city is represented and how city images and experiences emerge and are contested. We will also study the hybrid nature and daily struggles in urban life and the political economy of the city. You will become familiar with processes of identification with and social construction of urban culture and urban space. Finally, you will elaborate on the role of cultural industries, creative classes, and cultural diversity for city development. The focus is on key urban problems with an international scope.

Career prospects

Master's specialisation in Urban and Cultural Geography

The Master's specialisation in Urban and Cultural Geography 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 cities, multiculturalism and integration, innovative and creative urban milieus, urban identities and cultural industries.

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 manager, city marketer, city planner, integration agent, city-network manager, PR- manager, 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 marketer, consultant, journalist, innovation consultant, communication officer or media specialist.
Education: as a geography teacher in secondary, tertiary or vocational education.

Which department am I in?

Nijmegen School of Management

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€16,000.00 (US$ 19,147) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2021


Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,



6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

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).

A TOEFL score of ≥90, with subscores not lower than 18
A IELTS score of ≥6.5, with subscores not lower than 6.0
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher


About this uni

Radboud is the best traditional, general university in the Netherlands, according to Keuzegids Universiteiten 2020.

  • 24th in the THE European Teaching Ranking 2019
  • Based in a lively student city + central hub in Europe
  • Among top 1% of universities worldwide
  • Nobel prize winner in physics (2010)