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Human Geography: Environmental Geography

Universiteit van Amsterdam

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This programme focuses on the relationship between humans and their ecosystems and the impacts of global through to local environmental change on humans and takes a strong spatial perspective.

The Environmental Geography track of the Master's programme in Human Geography, with its focus on human-ecosystem interactions, is well-placed to throw light on the daunting environmental challenges of our planet. Some say we have gone beyond the Earth's carrying capacity and that we are approaching planetary boundaries. Others say that human ingenuity is such that we can deal with new challenges as and when they appear.

The Master's in Environmental Geography will begin with a broad coverage of all the key issues and will then focus on climate change governance – the causes and impacts, politics, policies and measures that can deal with climate change. This programme will examine the causes of climate change and will focus on the dynamics of energy and land-use challenges. It will also consider the impacts of climate change and focus on changing hydrological regimes and their effect on global biodiversity, food, water, livelihoods and infrastructure at local and global levels.


2018 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 2060 / jaar

1st year

The first semester will consist of a track specific core course, a theories and methods course and a trip preparation seminar. The later will be held in January and prepares you for your thesis project research that will be conducted in the second semester. The first month of the second semester will consists of further research training. Students then choose between a project in either a city nearby (possibly Amsterdam or Antwerp) or a city in the global South (possibly Mumbai or Cape Town).


All applicants are required to submit additional documents such as: proof of identity, CV, research questions and written work.


The GSSS values diversity in both research and academic content, academic staff and student population.

job perspective

Specific career examples from alumni of the Human Geography programme:

* Project Employee Sustainability at Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM promotes innovation, cooperation and new business in the Amsterdam region);
* Geography teacher at a secondary school;
* Geographic Information Systems expert at Dutch water board;
* Science Coordinator at UNU-EHS: United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security;
* Director Viafrica Foundation (ICT service and projects in Africa).

tuition fee

Tuition fees are adjusted annually. For up-to-date information, please see www.uva.nl/collegegeld (Dutch students) or www.uva.nl/tuition (international students).

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 12 maanden
Type MSc (Master of Science)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur MSc (Master of Science)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 60