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Courses master Spatial Sciences (Research)

Do you want to become a skilled researcher in economic and cultural geography, planning and demography? The master Spatial Sciences is interdisciplinary. It studies the fields of demography, human geography and spatial planning from a social and economic science perspective. The two-year programme provides ample opportunity for you to focus on the themes that interest you.

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What will you learn?

The programme of the master Spatial Sciences (Research) consists of the following courses in 2017/2018. Click on the course title to go to the full course description, information about lecturers, literature and time period. This is a two-year programme.

Year 1

Thematic Theoretical Specialization (TTS) (20EC)

You should be involved in acquiring a rich and diverse set of knowledge and competences regarding regional studies. The theoretical and thematic specialization is the portfolio of courses focused on theory and contents that you are required to fulfill during their research master in Spatial Sciences. You can take different modules within and outside the faculty. You can do 15 EC instead of 20 EC. You will then do an extra 5 EC of RIRI, see below. See our course catalog Ocasys for modules you can take within the faculty. This course also takes place in the second year (10 EC).

Lecturer: dr. Frans Sijtsma

Advanced and Specialized Research Methods (A&SRM) (10EC)

The aim of this course is to learn advanced and specialized research methods and techniques relevant for research in human geography, demography and spatial planning. You can take different modules within and outside the faculty. This year you take 10EC worth of modules and the next year 5 EC. See our course catalog Ocasys for modules you can take within the faculty.

dr. Frans Sijtsma

Joint Multidisciplinary Research Project (JMRP) (5EC)

In the Joint Multidisciplinary Project, student team from different disciplinary backgrounds within the Spatial Sciences work together to tackle research problems that have been identified by local and regional stakeholders, such as governments, firms or organisations. The teams work on well-defined assignments that challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills in real world settings. The end result of the project is a report, that is presented to the stakeholders at the end of the semester

Lecturer: dr. Louise Meijering

Research Internship (10EC)

One of the key objectives of the Research Master Degree in Spatial Sciences is Regional Studies is to train students in being a good researcher in different settings at an international level. This module is an important part of the degree programme, in which students conduct research in another institutional setting: that of a professional renowned research institute. One can think of the OECD, the FAO, the Worldbank etc. or in the Dutch context Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving (PBL), NIDI etc.

Lecturer: dr. Gerd Weitkamp

Individual Research Training (IRT) (10EC)

The Individual Research training (IRT) module is focused on facilitating your awareness of the process of doing research, its methods and the reporting of research outcomes. You will do active research (or research activities), while being supervised by a URSI/Nether researcher in the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. You will work on a research proposal for the IRT in the course Research Process.

Coordinator: dr. Tim Busscher

Scientific Reading, Debating, Reflecting (5EC)

In Scientific Reading, Debating and Reflection you will improve your English scientific reading skills by analysing and critiquing already-published research papers. The module also includes debates regarding the material employed by the research conducted by yourself and your classmates. This course continues in the second year. You receive 5EC in the first year.

Lecturers: dr. Frans Sijtsma, prof. Frank Vanclay, prof. D. Ballas


Year 2

Thematic Theoretical Specialization (TTS) (10EC)

You should be involved in acquiring a rich and diverse set of knowledge and competences regarding regional studies. The theoretical and thematic specialization is the portfolio of courses focused on theory and contents that you are required to fulfill during your research master in regional studies. You can take different modules within and outside the faculty. See our course catalog Ocasys for modules you can take within the faculty.

Lecturer: dr. Frans Sijtsma

Advanced and Specialized Research Methods (5EC)

The aim of this course is to learn advanced and specialized research methods and techniques relevant for research in human geography, demography and spatial planning. You can take different modules within and outside the faculty. This year you do the last part of this course. See our course catalog Ocasys for modules you can take within the faculty.

Lecturer: dr. L.B. Meijering

Advanced Research Skills (5 EC)

The course runs on two tracks. The first track trains a multitude of high-level cutting-edge research methods, research software and data use, in a practical way. This part of the course will to a large extent be given by different PhD students, basically one PhD for every week. Every week then a PhD student gives a start and end workshop introducing in a hands-on way an interesting research method, a piece of software, a nice dataset etc. Students explore the methods in a practical way.

Lecturer: dr. F.J. Sijtsma, dr. S.N. Ponsioen

Scientific English Writing (5EC)

This course enables you to improve your writing skills in academic language. You will use data collected and/or analysed in your IRT project to write an academic working paper. After the course, the working paper may be further developed into a peer reviewed journal article, or other academic publication, in collaboration with the IRT supervisor.

Lecturer: dr. Frans Sijtsma, dr. Louise Meijering, G.M. Drzazga, PhD.

Research Process and Proposal Writing (5 EC)

In the course, students learn to go through the research process, i.e. from addressing ontological and epistemological questions, situating oneself in a paradigm, to formulation of objective and research questions, to the application of theory and conceptual models, to the definition of concepts, and selection of an appropriate study design.

Lecturer: dr. L.B. Meijering

Individual Master’s Thesis (30EC)

The Individual Master’s thesis is the final product of the program, including and reflecting all that has been learned in the programme. The topic should be embedded in the Faculty Research Program towards Wellbeing, Innovation and Spatial Transformation (tWIST)

Coordinator: dr. Frans Sijtsma


dr. Frans Sijtsma
dr. Frans Sijtsma

Programme coordinator

Master Spatial Sciences (Research):

dr. Frans Sijtsma

Laatst gewijzigd:04 december 2017 10:11