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Master's specialisation | Joint programme optionalUrban and Cultural Geography

Focus on how the city is represented and how city images emerge and are contested. You will study the hybrid nature and the daily struggles in urban life, cultural diversity and the political economy of the city.

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  • The focal point in this specialisation is the city: its hybrid nature, its political economy, its active civil society and the daily struggles and advantages of urban life.
  • Our approach is highly multidisciplinary to include related fields as spatial planning and anthropology.
  • We define culture as the behaviours and beliefs of people in society. Culture in the sense of the arts and architecture are included when seen of as a form of expression by the community.
  • 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

Cities have become the vibrant and dynamic focal points of our society. These diverse agglomerations of people, companies and organisations are regarded as creative places as well as places of conflict for divergent communities. In this specialisation, you will analyse and critically evaluate cultural, economic, political, and social changes in cities, and how they affect urban life. Important themes are urban representations, (super)diversity, gender, care, and everyday lived experiences.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

Our alumni are prepared for a (inter)national career in government, semi-government, and business. They can apply for jobs such as:

  • Developer at a municipality
  • Consultant in the field of multiculturalism and integration
  • Practitioner at the cultural industry

Career prospects


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

  • What is the relation between cities and festivals (or other events)?
  • How can we improve shrinking cities?
  • How can certain places (libraries, marketplaces, cinemas, public transport) facilitate social interactions and contribute to alleviating systemic challenges such as loneliness? 

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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.