Masters degrees in Economic Geography offer advanced study of the location, distribution and spatial organisation of economic activities across the world.
Related subjects include Political Geography and Urban Geography. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Human Geography.
Courses in this area of Human Geography equip you with the skills to develop and implement effective strategies and policy recommendations to make cities and regions more economically viable and sustainable.
Training covers legislation and practices across a range of regional labour markets, including the recruitment and training of employees, relations with suppliers, and innovation policies administered by local governments.
Economic development is a central theme on most courses, training you in current practise such as the planning of industrial zones, the upgrading of city centres, and the attraction of new firms and investments to different regions.
Traditional careers include roles as a consultant or advisor, writing strategic plans for the sustainable development of regions and cities, or helping foreign firms and investors to find a suitable location to undertake business in other countries.
The MSc in Sustainable Development and Environmental Economics is a one-year, full-time taught postgraduate programme run by the School of Geography and Sustainable Development.
Sharing teaching elements from the MSc in Sustainable Development, this programme takes an interdisciplinary approach and draws on economic analysis and thinking to understand the links between people and their environment, resulting in a programme of study which is both intellectually stimulating and highly relevant to today’s job market.
During the taught portion of the programme, students take seven modules which are taught via lectures, tutorials, seminar presentations, student-led workshops, as well as field trips and away days. Modules are assessed through written examinations and coursework including class tests, presentations and review essays.
Over the course of the programme, but with particular focus during the summer months, students will research a project area and produce an academic literature review, a professional policy brief and a reflective essay.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.
Spatial planners are fascinated by on-going and future changes in cities and regions and take on the role as managers of those spatial transformations - think of: regenerating shopping districts or old industrial sites; designating water retention areas; shaping urban mobility concepts for the future. Related challenges vary in scale, from individual property to European policy making.
The Master's in Spatial Planning has the subtitle ‘managing smart cities and regions’. This reflects the challenges of current and future urban societies, at a time that ambitions for a ‘New Urban Agenda’ for the 21st century are formulated, with policies and strategies to create more sustainable and equitable urban spaces.
You can choose a specialisation that best reflects your passion for spatial planning:
Find out more on our website: http://www.ru.nl/masters/spatial
If you are interested in developing a different understanding of planning and forms of practices and you want to create socially, environmentally, economically just places, come study our Master's in Spatial Planning!