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Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning

Programma-opties

  • University of Groningen Honours College (specialisatie)

    The Honours College gives talented, motivated students the opportunity to challenge themselves even more.

    Honours College offers an extra programme (Bachelor 45 ECTS - Master 15 ECTS) that is followed in addition to the regular Bachelor's or Master's degree programme. You can participate without paying extra tuition fees. The main aim of the Honours programme is to develop talent and initiative!

Opbouw programma

VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
Reflecting on Human Geography and Spatial Planning (5 EC)
Urbanism and Planning (Spatial Planning 1) (10 EC)
Economic Geography (10 EC)
Statistics 1 (5 EC)
Geographic Information Systems (10 EC)
Introduction to Academic Research (5 EC)
Population Geographies (10 EC)
Rural-Urban Relations (5 EC)
VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
Migration and Development (10 EC)
Physical Geography (5 EC)
People, Place and Culture (10 EC)
Related Elective: Healthy Ageing, North America: a Regional Perspective, Population and Development or Real Estate (5 EC)
Governance in Theory and Practice (10 EC)
Statistics 2 (5 EC)
Methods of Academic Research (HGP) (10 EC)
Soil and Landscape of the Netherlands (5 EC)
VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
Minor or Optional Modules (30 EC)
Geography, Planning and the European Union (5 EC)
Philosophy of Social Science (5 EC)
Bachelor's Project (15 EC)
Fieldwork Abroad (5 EC)

For more information about the courses in this programme, please visit: http://www.rug.nl/frw/education/bachelor/

For more information about the courses in this programme, please visit: http://www.rug.nl/frw/education/bachelor/. In Dutch the programme is called Sociale Geografie en Planologie.

Studeren in het buitenland

  • Studeren in het buitenland is facultatief
  • Voor gemiddeld 15 weken
  • Maximaal 30 EC

(Bindend) studieadvies

  • Minimaal 45 EC in de eerste 12 maanden (bindend)

You will be offered study advice after the first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.

N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

You will be offered study advice after first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system. N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

Waarom in Groningen?

If you want to study Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning, Groningen is the perfect choice. The strength of the programme lies in its combination of five fields: Economic Geography, Real Estate Studies, Population Studies, Cultural Geography and Planning. There is an open atmosphere and it is easy to contact other students and lecturers.

If you want to study Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning, Groningen is the perfect choice. The strength of the programme lies in its combination of five fields: Economic Geography, Real Estate Studies, Population Studies, Cultural Geography and Planning. There is an open atmosphere and it is easy to contact other students and lecturers.

The Faculty of Spatial Sciences takes a small-scale approach and we help our students to learn how to work independently. You will be assigned to a mentor group together with other first-year students whom you will get to know very well. Your mentor is a senior student who can teach you all the ins and outs of our faculty. You will also be assigned a tutor with whom you can discuss your study progress.

The Faculty of Spatial Sciences takes a small-scale approach and we help our students to learn how to work independently. You will be assigned to a mentor group together with other first-year students whom you will get to know very well. Your mentor is a senior student who can teach you all the ins and outs of our faculty. You will also be assigned a tutor with whom you can discuss your study progress.

  • Testimonial van Erik Krijnsen

    You learn to view issues from all possible angles

    The Bachelor's programme in Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning teaches you about people and how they view the world.

    When I watch the news, I can relate most of the items to something I have learned during the programme. Whether it is about economics, politics or natural disasters; you know how it affects people and their environment. During the programme, you learn to view issues from all possible angles, and to find different solutions to one problem by discussing the situation and listening to the input of others. During a recent discussion on redesigning  the Grote Markt, I proposed a very technical solution, a classmate pointed out that I had overlooked the elderly and less mobile people, then added her suggestions on how to include those in my idea. It is this kind of dynamic that makes our field unique.

    After completing the Bachelor’s programme, I will apply for the Master in Urban Strategies and Design at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. I would like to work in real estate re-development. Finding new use for, and/or improving,  vacant buildings and land in such a way that it benefits the community.

    Sluiten
    – Erik Krijnsen
  • Testimonial van Nienke Mud

    It is really interesting because it covers so many subjects

    I initially chose to study European Languages and Cultures, but that wasn't the programme for me. I really liked Groningen and wanted to stay here, so I looked for a programme at this university that suited me better.

    The Bachelor’s degree in Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning is really interesting because it covers so many subjects. If you like geography, but are not sure what you want to do with it, this is a good option. 

    I joined the faculty association Ibn Battuta in my first year and am active in several committees within the association, which is a lot of fun! I am also a member of the education committee of my programme. It can be a lot of work to juggle the committees, studying and my job, but if you keep up with your reading and assignments, it is definitely doable to join things like committees. They are a lot of fun and you get to know a lot of people. It also helps you to learn new skills.

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    – Nienke Mud
  • Testimonial van Manus Schlooz

    I like the combination of theoretical and practical courses

    Before coming to Groningen I studied Communication and Media in Rotterdam. I finished my first year, but didn't feel at home in the city or the programme.

    While looking through study options, I found the Bachelor’s degree in Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning. I liked history in high school, but geography would give me better career options. I talked to the study advisor and to students already in the programme and decided to go for it. I really like the combination of theoretical and practical courses. Right from the start of the first year you learn how to use what you have learned from your books in the field. Groningen is a great city! I have made a lot of new friends here

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    – Manus Schlooz
  • Testimonial van Marit Gorter

    The internship has been a real addition to my education

    In your third year you have the possibility to take the elective 'Internship' (10 EC). The internship I did at the city of Westerveld at the department of Spatial Planning has been a real addition to my education.

    It has given me the experience in the work field I needed to better understand, in combination with the theories learned, the design of the space surrounding us. Professionally speaking the internship has given me a network that I can use in the future when I graduate. The internship has helped me to develop myself personally as well. Working in a team has taught me that I really do already know a lot about everything involving their work. It has made me more confident and given me the believe that I will make it in an organisation like the city of Westerveld. I also found out exactly which master programme I am going to do and I have a better idea of what my future will be in this work field. In short, the internship had taught me things that you can't learn in class. I recommend everyone to step out of the classroom and find out what the future might hold by doing an internship.  

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    – Marit Gorter
  • Testimonial van Arnout de Haan

    Learning Communities: visit to the North/South subway line in Amsterdam

    First year bachelor student Arnout de Haan about the first Learning Community activity.

    For our first Learning Community activity of the year we visited the North/South subway line in Amsterdam.

    A former project manager showed a short film about the plans for the North/South line and how this new subway should be realized. The beginning of the presentation showed that many economic and technical setbacks were faced during this project. All these setbacks have led to the planned opening of the North South line in 2018 (10 years later than initially planned!). After the film and presentation we went on site to take a look at the infrastructure project. We all got a helmet, a pair of boots and a jacket on for safety. After this we were shown a part of the subway line which still was still under construction. After the tour we got the opportunity to ask some questions and we made a nice group photo. As first year students this was a fun way to learn something relevant to our study programme and got an first impression about where we might end up later in the work field.

    Read more about the Learning Communities at Spatial Sciences.

    Sluiten
    – Arnout de Haan
  • Opleidingsvideo

    Bachelor Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning

    – Opleidingsvideo
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