Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning (BSc)

University of Groningen

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The award
BSc

How long you will study
36 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 8300

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About Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning at University of Groningen

Are you interested in the world around you? Are you fascinated by maps? Do you dare to ask critical questions about the world that you are living in?

Do you believe you can help to further develop our world into asustainable society? Then Human Geography & Urban and RegionalPlanning may be the right choice for you

Why is unemployment higher in some regions than others? What arethe social and economic consequences in depopulating areas? How doyou deal with different institutions to plan and build newresidential areas? Human geographers investigate society in aspatial context. Our students learn to focus on spatial differencesbecause social phenomena happen in specific places, at specifictimes and with specific impacts. In the first year you will beintroduced to all themes within the fields of Human Geography &Urban and Regional Planning. In the second year, the programmecontinues to deepen your knowledge and improve your skills. In thethird year you are allowed to partly fill in your own programme.You can follow courses provided by our faculty but you can alsotake a Minor or do an internship in a related field. There are alsopossibilities to visit an international university and followrelated courses. Finally, you will write your Bachelor's thesis toprove that you acquired the knowledge and skills necessary tobecome a human geographer and/or urban and regional planner.

Are you interested in the world around you? Are you fascinated by maps? Do you dare to ask critical questions about the world that you are living in?

Do you believe you can help to further develop our world into asustainable society? Then Human Geography & Urban and RegionalPlanning (in Dutch: Sociale Geografie en Planologie) may be theright choice for you.

Why is unemployment higher in some regions than others? What arethe social and economic consequences in depopulating areas? How doyou deal with different institutions to plan and build newresidential areas? Human geographers investigate society in aspatial context. Our students learn to focus on spatial differencesbecause social phenomena happen in specific places, at specifictimes and with specific impacts. The bachelor degree programmeconsist of four learning tracks; 'Spatial Design'. 'SpatialPlanning', 'Water, infrastructure and Environment' and 'Research'.In the first year you will be introduced to all themes within thefields of Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning. In thesecond year, the programme continues to deepen your knowledge andimprove your skills. In the third year you are allowed to partlyfill in your own programme. You can follow courses provided by ourfaculty but you can also take a Minor or do an internship in arelated 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 theknowledge and skills necessary to become a human geographer and/orurban and regional planner.

After your studies

Job prospects

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

Suitable jobs can be found in the world of local planning andgovernment agencies, academic and non-academic research institutes,international organizations (or NGOs), advisory/consultancyagencies and elsewhere. For example, we have alumni working forhousing associations where they investigate which types of housingshould be built in new residential areas given the prospectedresidents. During the programme we offer support for your careerpreparation. The Career Services are provided by the CareersCompany and the UG Career Services.
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Graduates with a Bachelor's degree in Human Geography &Urban and Regional Planning often decide to pursue a Master'sdegree in a related field. Our Master's degrees grant you access tocareers in business, government and research.

Suitable jobs can be found in the world of local planning andgovernment agencies, academic and non-academic research institutes,international organizations (or NGOs), advisory/consultancyagencies and elsewhere. For example, we have alumni working forhousing associations where they investigate which types of housingshould be built in new residential areas given the prospectedresidents. During the programme we offer support for your careerpreparation. The Career Services are provided by the CareersCompany and the UG Career Services.
More information about the CareersCompany
More information about the UG Career Services

Job examples

  • Advisor spatial planning at a consultancy firm
  • Project manager at a local government agency
  • High school geography teacher
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Study options for this course

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Only for international students:

  • Exemptions: Native English speakers or diploma holders fromUnited States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UnitedKingdom, Ireland.
math test

Students should have a Dutch VWO diploma with Mathematics C, ifnot students should have an HBO diploma with English on a VWO levelor international degree equivalent to a Dutch pre-university (vwo)degree with Mathematics C. See more information here about theequivalents: http://www.rug.nl/(...)alent-qualifications

previous education

Students should have a Dutch VWO diploma with Mathematics C andEnglish, if not students should have an international degreeequivalent to a Dutch pre-university (VWO) degree. See moreinformation here: http://www.rug.nl/(...)alent-qualificationsPlease contact the Admissions Office when you have questions (admission@rug.nl).

other admission requirements

When you want to take a Colloquium Doctum (a 21+ test), please contact the Study Advisor (study.advice.frw@rug.nl).

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

For students with an international diploma or an HBOdiploma:

  • Exemptions: Native English speakers or diploma holders fromUnited States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UnitedKingdom, Ireland.
math test

Students should have a Dutch VWO diploma with Mathematics C, ifnot students should have an HBO diploma with English on a VWO levelor international degree equivalent to a Dutch pre-university (vwo)degree with Mathematics C. See more information here about theequivalents: http://www.rug.nl/(...)alent-qualifications

previous education

Students should have a Dutch VWO diploma with Mathematics C andEnglish, if not students should have an HBO diploma with English ona VWO level or international degree equivalent to a Dutchpre-university (vwo) degree with Mathematics C. See moreinformation here: http://www.rug.nl/(...)alent-qualificationsContact the Admissions Office when you have questions (admission@rug.nl).

other admission requirements

When you want to take a Colloquium Doctum (a 21+ test), please contact the Study Advisor (study.advice.frw@rug.nl).

Choice of degree programme check

The degree programme will organize a choice of degree programme check. Attendance is compulsory. The advice is not binding.

Explanatory notes

Dutch students are obligated to fill out the question form whichis part of the matching procedure. When the advice gives reason to,the student is asked to do a home assignment. When asked, this isobligatory. International students are selected by the AdmissionsBoard of the Programme.

Students with a Dutch diploma are obligated to fill out thequestion form which is part of the matching prodedure. When theadvice gives reason to, the student is asked to do a homeassignment. When asked, this is obligatory. International studentsare selected by the Admissions Board of the Programme.

Language requirements

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IELTS overall band6

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