Human Geography Europe: Borders, Identity and Governance

Master's specialisation | Joint programme optionalEurope: Borders, Identity and Governance

Join us in studying the much-debated governance of borders, identities, and migration in Europe and beyond. Dive into current debates on EU border and migration policies, national identities and integration, postcolonialism and racism, border conflicts and global unequal development.

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Something for you?

  • You will gain much in-demand expertise on border policies, identities and shifting global mobilities, issues that are dominating the agenda of many governments, NGO’s, firms, and media.
  • You will receive first-hand insights and guidance from experts in the field.
  • You will be stimulated to develop your own views, research, and findings, to prepare you for your own future after your studies.
  • This programme has an above-average score compared to the national average on three or more of the five core subjects (Source: Keuzegids). 


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What will you learn

Why and how are borders drawn, and for whom? How can we understand and evaluate border and migration policies such as those of the EU and how these impact global inequalities and global mobility? And, how are migration patterns related to colonialism, conflicts, climate change, and global unequal development?

In this specialisation you will gain knowledge on these, and related, questions revolving around the governance of borders, identities, and migration. We will study key issues such as the (in)justice of borders, national identities, postcolonialism and racism, conflicts, migration, remittances, integration, cross-border cooperation, and globalisation. To this end, we will zoom in on the European level to study EU border, identity and migration policies, and zoom out to study these policies in the context of global patterns of migration, conflicts and global unequal development.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

This Master specialisation provides graduates an entry into much in-demand jobs in various sectors of government, business, or academia. Typically, graduates will find employment in:

  • Research and education
  • Thinktanks, NGOs and IGOs
  • Government agencies (local/national/international)
  • (Inter)national firms and consultancies

Career prospects


To give an impression of the type of research in this specialisation, here are a few research questions that we are studying:

  • What is the role and responsibility of the EU in migration induced by global unequal development and conflicts?
  • How to create a humane and sustainable EU migration policy?
  • How to evaluate the current politics of refugee camps in the EU ?
  • Why does the EU differentiate between Ukrainian refugees and other refugees and is this just?
  • How are EU’s external bordering policies linked to institutional racism and discrimination in the member states?
  • What are the colonial legacies of today’s policies in the banlieues of France?

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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.