Hero Cultural Geography and Tourism

Master's specialisation | Joint programme optionalCultural Geography and Tourism

Learn to understand and interpret advanced theories and practices of leisure and tourism and their influence on the social and physical environment.

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Something for you?

  • This Master's prepares you as a full-fledged academic in this field and its focus is unique in the Netherlands.
  • Although the foundation of this specialisation is geographical, our approach to this theme is highly multidisciplinary to include related fields.
  • To relate your academic research with the practical field, you will conduct your Master’s thesis research in the framework of a research internship at an organisation active in a field related to tourism.
  • This programme has an above-average score compared to the national average on three or more of the five core subjects (Source: Keuzegids). 
Why study this programme?

Admission requirements

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What will you learn

The experience of places is key in tourism. In this Master's specialisation, you will explore the meaning and experience of places are how places are being made. You will investigate how tourists experience places and how tourism is experienced by the people living and working at these places, to make tourism and touristic places economically, culturally, socially as well as ecologically more sustainable and valuable for all involved. This includes topical issues like over-tourism, dark tourism, community tourism, green tourism, heritage tourism, touristic encounters, tourism planning, etc. This specialisation is offered in close cooperation with Wageningen University.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

Our graduates are prepared for a career in a dynamic and international field, such as:

  • Landscape or city planner at a government agency
  • Placemaker or eventmanager
  • Region or city branding and marketing
  • Managing sustainable tourism
  • Consultant at a development agency
  • Researcher at a research institute

Career prospects


To indicate the type of research in this specialisation, a few examples:

  • What are the economic effects of large events (e.g. four day march in Nijmegen)?
  • How sustainable are 'sustainable' forms of tourism?
  • What is the role of social media in the development of tourism?
  • What is the relationship between tourists and indigenous people?

Questions about this programme?

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this Master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.