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Climate Adaptation Governance

How can tourism and climate adaptation shape our natural surroundings into a flourishing countryside, thriving towns, and booming cities? And how do these landscapes sway our identity and society?

Cultural Geography studies the mutual shaping of human societies and our natural surroundings into cultural landscapes. Within this programme, you can follow a track on sustainable tourism, or specialize in the governance of climate adaptation. Either way leads to a Master of Science degree.

In the general programme, you study the interplay between place and wellbeing in regional development. You follow classes on natural and cultural heritage, culture and identity, and mobility and multiculturalism. After advanced training in data collection and analysis methods, you conduct field research on any one of these topics yourself, learn how to conduct intervention impact assessments, and write your master thesis.

The year 2023 will see the first stocktake of worldwide adaptation efforts under the Paris Agreement. To advance the massive governance efforts required, the Global Commission and its Groningen-based Global Center on Adaptation promote eight action tracks. Through our specialization you develop the expertise to tackle these challenges.

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Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Cultural Geography
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60656
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Campus Fryslân
Why study this programme in Leeuwarden?

Campus Fryslân is the only faculty in the Netherlands that offers an MSc in Cultural Geography. Our Climate Adaptation Governance specialization provides you with unique and relevant perspectives. Its governance approach enables you to add value to adaptation solutions by contributing much needed political, economic, and financial insight to technical proposals. The embeddedness in cultural geography allows you to take historical, contemporary, and future socio-cultural landscapes into account.

Programme

During our programme, you will follow courses on: Place, Regions & Identities; Fieldwork Cultural Geography; Adaptation Governance; Nature, Landscape & Heritage; Culture & Community-Based Adaptation; Qualitative Research Methods; Urban Adaptation & Innovation; and Social Impact Assessment.

Periods
Courses12
Adaptation Governance (5 EC)

Adaptation Governance introduces you to the effects of climate change, and developments in adaptation governance. It contains the first of three classes on climate driven migration.

Culture & Community-Based Adaptation (5 EC)

Culture & Community-Based Adaptation investigates how culture is related to climate and risk. You delve deeper into displacement and uncertainty, explore heritage protection, and study community-led or place-based adaptation.

Fieldwork Cultural Geography (5 EC)

Fieldwork Cultural Geography aims at studying and practicing different methods for empirical research on cultural-geographical themes.

Nature, Landscape & Heritage (5 EC)

Nature, Landscape & Heritage studies the rural and urban environment to understand different perceptions and valuations of places and areas in society.

Place, Regions & Identities (5 EC)

Place, Regions & Identities considers the overarching concepts and ideas in cultural geography, especially those pertinent to regional development.

Qualitative Research Methods (5 EC)

Qualitative Research Methods provides advanced training in qualitative data collection methods, and introduces a variety of data analysis approaches for textual and visual qualitative data.

Social Impact Assessment (5 EC)

Social Impact Assessment enables students to understand the significance, possibilities and pitfalls relating to the use of SIA with project and policy interventions.

Thesis (20 EC)

The Master Thesis is carried out individually. Research is performed under the supervision of a teacher and has to connect to current projects of the Campus Fryslân Research Institute. The topic of the Master Thesis needs to be clearly related to Cultural Geography.

Urban Adaptation & Innovation (5 EC)

Urban Adaptation & Innovation offers classes on urbanization, complex metropolitan systems, rural connections and global networks of cities, and their development.

Study load

The expected study load is 30 to 40 hrs per week, adding up to 1800 hrs in total for 60 ECTS per total of the programme. Most classes are taught in Leeuwarden or online (hybrid education); some classes may take place in Groningen or contain regional excursions.

Programme options
MSc Cultural Geography (track)

Tourism Geography and Planning

Climate Adaptation Governance

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is unaccommodated
Entry requirements

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Spatial Planning and DesignUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Human Geography and PlanningUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Global Responsibility & LeadershipUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

English on VWO level IELTS overall band 6.5, no less than 6.0 on each section TOEFL internet based: Overall: 90 Reading: 21 (19-23) Listening: 21 (20-23) Speaking: 21 (20-22) Writing: 24 (24-26) Cambridge English: Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (formerly known as CAE/CPE) Please note that TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure An exemption can be given by the Admission Board.

previous education

The programme is open to students with an academic bachelor degree in geography, or social sciences with some background knowledge in geography, including at least 10 ECTS in statistics and research methods.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 August 202101 September 2021
15 August 202201 September 2022
EU/EEA students01 May 202101 September 2021
01 May 202201 September 2022
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202101 September 2021
01 May 202201 September 2022

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

English on VWO level IELTS overall band 6.5, no less than 6.0 on each section TOEFL internet based: Overall: 90 Reading: 21 (19-23) Listening: 21 (20-23) Speaking: 21 (20-22) Writing: 24 (24-26) Cambridge English: Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (formerly known as CAE/CPE) Please note that TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure An exemption can be given by the Admission Board.

previous education

The programme is open to students with an academic bachelor degree in geography, or social sciences with some background knowledge in geography, including at least 10 ECTS in statistics and research methods.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)C1
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE)C2
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL internet based90

Registration procedure

The programme is open to students with an academic bachelor degree in geography, or social sciences with some background knowledge in geography, including at least 10 ECTS in statistics and research methods.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 August 202101 September 2021
15 August 202201 September 2022
EU/EEA students01 May 202101 September 2021
01 May 202201 September 2022
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202101 September 2021
01 May 202201 September 2022
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
EU/EEA2021-2022€ 2168full-time

Dutch/EU/EEA: € 2.168 Non-EU/EEA: € 15.900

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Field trips, guest lectures, workshops, and serious gaming simulations, which are part of your programme, allow for regular exchanges with local and global faculty partners, such as the Global Center on Adaptation. These connect you with potential employers already during your studies. Next to this curriculum, the University of Groningen offers a wide range of career services to support your job market preparations.

To optimize the connection between our Master's program and the work field, we try to stay in touch with our alumni, for example via the LinkedIn group Cultural Geography.

Job examples

  • Possible jobs

    As a leading Cultural Geographer and sustainable tourism or climate adaptation governance specialist, your expertise enables you to work i.a. as researcher and lecturer in academia; as analyst or trainer within both the public and private sectors; and as strategist, policy-maker, advisor, project officer, or programme coordinator for local, regional, and national governments, intergovernmental bodies, non-governmental organizations at home and abroad, the management of businesses, and other institutions.

Research

Research Areas

The programme is firmly rooted in Campus Fryslân's (CF) chair groups: Global and Local Governance; Governance and Innovation; and Sustainable Entrepreneurship in a Circular Economy, as well as the Frisian Flagships (Governance; Sustainable Economy; Culture, Language, and Technology; and Health & Food). We collaborate closely with the Cyan Centre on Climate Adaptation and the Global Center on Adaptation, whose CEO Prof. Patrick Verkooijen holds a Chair in Climate Adaptation Governance at CF.

Taken together, these vast knowledge resources in cultural geography, sustainable tourism, and climate adaptation governance related studies allow you to benefit from existing in-house expertise, and even get involved with the latest topical research conducted by your lecturers and faculty partners.

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Online Master's week: Climate Adaptation GovernanceMore information
Online Master's week: Climate Adaptation GovernanceMore information

Contact

  • Hylke Poorting (For all questions related to the programme and application)
    Email: cf-masters rug.nl

Study associations

Nobis Cura Futuri

Nobis Cura Futuri is the Study Association and the official embodiment of the international student community at Campus Fryslân.
Founded in 2020, we aim to provide plenty of fun, social and academic events (think of Pub crawls, talent shows, travels, guest-speaker evenings). All in the spirit of Nobis Cura Futuri: “The Care of the Future is Ours”, meaning we strive to provide activities that are aimed at making the most of your student life by adhering to our values of responsibility, diversity, sustainability and development. 
https://www.rug.nl/cf/studeren-bij-cf/nobis-cura-futuri
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