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Developing and focusing your master programme

The Human Geography Master at the Radboud University Nijmegen offers six specialisations and the option to develop your own specialisation:

  • Economic Geography
  • Globalisation, Migration and Development
  • Urban and Cultural Geography
  • Europe: Governance, Borders and Identities
  • Cultural Geography and Tourism
  • Conflicts, Territories and Identities
  • Free Specialisation (combination of courses of your own choice, subject to approval by the Examining Board)

The master programme can also be conducted in dual mode (studying next to working in the human geographic profession). Additionally there is a post-master programme for secondary teacher training also called educational master at the Radboud Docenten Academie (in Dutch).

Steps to be taken before the programme starts

Our master programme is built around the master thesis. Through your choice of the theme of your master thesis research you determine the main focus of your master programme. Also the elective courses are usually chosen to accompany your master thesis research and your specific interests in the field. The master thesis research is also generally conducted in the framework of a research apprenticeship or internship in an external organisation. This enables a smooth transition from university to your later professional practice. Thus the choice of the theme of your master thesis re-search, the choice of elective courses and the choice of an apprenticeship organisation are very crucial for the success of your master studies.

Download the current Master Student Guide (pdf, 594 kB) with detailed instructions on how to prepare and elaborate your thesis and your wider Master Programme.

Throughout the Masters, students carry responsibility for (the success of) their own master programme and for their own time management. Since making choices and the application for internship positions will take some time and to make sure that you do not miss any opportunities it is strongly advised not to wait until the start of the programme. You should seriously consider possible subjects of your master thesis research and examine possible elective courses and possible internship organisations well before the start of the programme. You will find information on research profiles of our master thesis supervisors and their suggestions for possible themes for your master thesis research here. In some cases they even provide some ideas on possible internship organisations, you might want to check out.

Your supervisor will also advise you on all choices you will have to make. Supervisors will be allocated to the students as soon as possible after the start of the programme. If you need some advice in advance, do not hesitate to contact one of the master thesis supervisors. Initial suggestions for possible elective courses can be found on the page in which we describe the specific master specialisation in more detail (see links above).

You will also find an archive of past master theses here. We finally also offer an archive of past internship organisations here. You could peek into all this information to get inspiration and ideas. You can also download a general student guide and flyers on all specialisation via the Brochure page, in which further details on how to make your choices are elaborated. Again we strongly advise you to read that student guide thoroughly before the start of the programme and to prepare yourself as much as possible. Starting well informed and prepared you help you to reap the full benefits of our master programme and to keep delays to a minimum.