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MSc - Urban and Economic Geography

Utrecht University    Geosciences

Full time See Course MSc 2 years full time

About the course


Cities and regions throughout the world face challenges that require integrated knowledge of urban and economic geography. In this Research Master’s programme in Urban and Economic Geography, you will gain a broad theoretical and methodological background that will allow you to become an academic or professional researcher of ongoing social, spatial, and economic developments in cities and regions. You can specialise in your preferred geographic sub-discipline while maintaining a broader perspective on the functioning of cities and regions, as well as the relevant theories and methods.

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Entry Requirements

You are welcome to apply for Urban and Economic Geography. The decision of the admissions committee will be based largely on:

prior education (including (optional) course profile and specific knowledge)
motivation and talent
grade point average (GPA)
The minimum capacities that are required in prior education concern:

Bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 3.5 (on a scale of 1-4) or at least 7.5 under the Dutch system;
knowledge and experience with basic methods and techniques in geographic or social-science research.

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Selection Criteria
Eligible candidates are selected for a scholarship on the basis of the following criteria:

- Academic excellence and promise in the proposed field of study;
- The academic quality and results of preceding qualifications, as evidenced by proof of belonging to the top 10% of the class, grades, test scores, a writing sample, letters of recommendation;
- The quality and relevance of the motivation letter for the Master’s programme (academic content, intercultural and communication skills, personal motivation);
- The quality of the application for the Master’s programme itself (completeness, accuracy, consistency).

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fee or Tuition fee plus living expenses (€11,000)


- Belong to the top 10% of your graduating class
- Hold a non-EU/EEA passport and not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans
- Have completed your secondary school and/or Bachelor degree outside the Netherlands
- Have applied for one of the participating international master’s programme with a start date of September.

Application Procedure

Your application will be assessed on the following criteria:
- Academic background as demonstrated in your application to the Master’s programme
- Your motivation explaining the relevance of your time in the Netherlands and at Utrecht University to your future goals
- The quality and feasibility of your financial plan

Value of Scholarship(s)

€ 5,000


- Not hold an EU/EEA passport and not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans
- Never before have been enrolled at an educational institution in the Netherlands
- Have applied for an international master’s programme at Utrecht University
- Meet the specific entry requirements of the programme

Application Procedure

For an overview of the application procedure, please check the website:

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The scholarship is designed to make a significant contribution towards the costs of travel and living while studying in Utrecht; however it will be necessary to find additional funding to completely finance your study and stay in Utrecht. As one of the requirements for being granted a residence permit in the Netherlands, students from non EEA countries must prove to the IND (immigration and naturalisation office) that they have sufficient financial means. The university advises a budget, not including the tuition fee, of 10,000 to 14,000 Euros per year to cover as a minimum costs for rent, insurance, living expenses, course books and local transportation.

The selection for the Geosciences Scholarship is carried out by the Board of Studies of the Graduate School Geosciences within the Faculty of Geosciences. The Board will determine the order of priority of all the eligible candidates on the basis of the criteria below. The funds awarded are exclusively linked to the Master's programme for which they were granted. Awarded grants cannot be transferred to another starting date or other Master's programmes.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5,000 Euro per year for a maximum duration of two years


1. Hold a non-Dutch passport and not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study
for grants and loans;
2. Have been admitted to a Master's Programme within the Utrecht University Graduate School
3. Grade Point Average of 7,5 or higher according to the Dutch grade system
4. Belong to the top 20% of his/her final undergraduate year, as evidenced by a
university statement;
5. Be able to comply with the conditions to obtain a Dutch visa
(only for students from non EEA countries).

Application Procedure

Include in your application:
1. The completed Geosciences Scholarship application form;
2. Your bachelor’s thesis or equivalent thereof in English;
3. A motivation letter of one page, explaining why this scholarship should be
awarded to you.
It is strongly advised to send the scholarship application at the same time as your application for the Master’s Programme. Please send the application form for the Geosciences Scholarship by e-mail: and put “Application Geosciences Scholarship” in the subject of the e-mail.

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In 2017, Utrecht University and the Utrecht University Fund proudly announced a new scholarship programme: the Bright Minds Fellowships. This scholarship aims to attract and retain talented students from a broad range of backgrounds, as well as stimulate and support global excellence and diversity in the UU student population.

Number of scholarships: 10-15
Available for: EU/EEA students (including Dutch students)
Scholarship amount: € 5,000 or € 10,000
The Bright Minds Fellowships are made possible by Utrecht University alumni and the Utrecht University Fund.

The applications are reviewed by the Bright Minds selection committee. The committee considers: academic achievement, as shown by grades and (if available) GRE or GMAT scores
personal background, as demonstrated by a variety of factors, including but not limited to educational experience, socio-economic background, cultural heritage, race and ethnicity
interpersonal skills, as demonstrated by extracurricular activities, community service and work experience

Value of Scholarship(s)

€ 5,000 or € 10,000


Students who hold an EU/EEA passport (including Dutch), and
- have applied for a Master’s Programme at Utrecht University (only UU students can receive a Bright Minds Fellowship)
- will be starting their Master’s Programme at Utrecht University in September 2018
- will be working to complete their first Master’s degree
- have shown academic achievement in their previous studies
- bring an element of diversity to the UU community

Application Procedure

Complete the online application form before February 1.

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