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Urban Studies (research MSc)

Universiteit van Amsterdam

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The Research Master in Urban Studies combines several disciplines to provide a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to study urban change and the opportunities and challenges this produces.

The 21st century will be an urban century. Since 2008, more than half of the world population lives in urban areas, and this is expected to rise to sixty per cent in 2030. This growth will be concentrated in cities in Asia, mainly China and India, and to a lesser extent Africa and the Middle East but also the largest cities and metropolitan regions of Europe and North America will keep growing, despite a general population decline. Cities are simultaneously considered to be engines of economic growth and social, cultural, and political opportunities, as well as places where problems and vulnerabilities such as insecurity and inequality concentrate. Consequently, we need academics who are able to conduct high quality research on urban processes. Adressing urban issues and processes as they occur in multiple and intersecting academic domains, requires a multidisciplinary approach. The Research Master in Urban Studies (RMUS) combines the disciplines of urban geography, economic geography, urban and regional planning, and urban sociology to provide a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to studying urban change and the opportunities and challenges this produces.


2018 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 2060 / jaar

1st year

The Research Master 's programme in Urban Studies offers a multidisciplinary and comparative perspective on urban research. It combines urban geography, economic geography, urban and regional planning, and urban sociology. Students are expected to obtain 60 ECTS credits in each year of the programme, totalling 120 ECTS. The first year will be spent in Amsterdam and the second year will consist of a semester abroad followed by a period of thesis writing and research.


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

instruction modes

Seminars and tutorials with supervision by specialists devoted to the in-depth study of a variety of topics. Supervised individual research resulting in a thesis. All classes are taught in small groups, with a maximum of 20 students. The curriculum includes a semester abroad.

job perspective

Graduates in Urban Studies are well prepared to continue their career in academia as PhD researchers and advanced positions like assistant professor or post-doc researcher. Graduates claim PhD positions at our own research institute (AISSR) and also increasingly at other Dutch universities and abroad, such as in Leuven, London, Vienna and Kentucky.
In addition, a few other alumni have temporary positions as junior lecturer or researcher in academic institutes, with the prospects of perspectives on an extendedlonger academic career.

Also outside academia, we find several alumni in positions in which they either conduct research or are involved in research management.

Several other alumni work in policy practice, for a municipality, a province or a national ministry. In these positions they usually combine policy-making and policy advice with conducting or managing research. Some of our alumni have chosen for a career in the private sector. The businesses they work for are logically related have a logical relation to the field of urban studies: real estate development, project development and consultancy or advice for environmental development projects, for example.

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 24 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 120