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Economic Geography: Regional Competitiveness and Trade

Do you want to become a specialist in regional economic development in an international context with a keen eye for the role of policy? The track in Regional Competitiveness and Trade prepares you for a career in regional economic strategies and research in regional science.

The track, which is part of the Master in Economic Geography and organized in cooperation with the Faculty of Economics and Business, focusses on regional and global competitiveness related to trade and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Trade and FDI importantly govern the interconnectivity between countries and regions and their subsequent economic development. The ongoing fragmentation of value-chains - an iPad is manufactured all over the globe - leads to increasing trade between countries and a growing global presence of multinational firms.

How do global linkages between regions and countries influence their competitiveness? You will learn the latest theoretical (New Economic Geography) and methodological (Spatial Econometrics) approaches to address the issues of interconnectivity between regions through trade and FDI.

Our graduates are specialists in regional economic development with a keen eye for the role of policy. They are well versed in the latest theoretical and empirical Economic models of regional growth.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Economic Geography
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60657
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Spatial Sciences
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Groningen is the 3rd Regional Science Center in the world
  • Interdisciplinary approach due to the cooperation between the Faculties of Spatial Sciences and Economics
  • Positive and open study atmosphere
  • In the Netherlands, Groningen offers the only fully independent Master's programme in Economic Geography
Programme
Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Economic Geography: Theory and Application (5 EC)
Entrepreneurship and Regional Development (5 EC)
Growth and Development Policies (5 EC)
Master's Thesis Economic Geography (20 EC)
Spatial Econometrics (5 EC)
Spatial Economics (5 EC)
Economic Geography (5 EC)
Regional Labour Market Analysis (5 EC)
Infrastructure Economy and Space (5 EC)

Curriculum

This is the programme for the academic year 2017-2018. More information about the courses of the track: http://www.rug.nl/frw/education/master-info-frw/courses-master-economic-geography-track

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
Entry 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 90, no less than 21 on each section
  • Cambridge English: Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (formerly known as CAE/CPE)
  • University of Groningen LCET: Minimum section scores C2 or C1 (one B2 allowed) See: https://www.rug.nl/language-centre/testing-unit/english-lcet/
  • Please note that TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure
  • An exemption can be given by the Admission Board.
previous education
  • Direct access with a bachelor diploma in Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning, and Spatial Planning and Design. Bachelor diploma's in Sociology, Business Administration, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Micro-Economics are sometimes admissible.
  • Do you have another previous education? Then the assessment whether you have direct access will take place on individual basis. If you do not have direct access it will be assessed if you are admissible after a pre-master programme. Please contact Sierdjan Koster (sierdjan.koster rug.nl) about this.

See more information about the admission for students with a dutch diploma: http://www.rug.nl/frw/education/more-education/2015_Toelating_masteropleiding_Economische_Geografie.pdf.

Students with an international diploma see the international tab.

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
All Universities of applied sciences

Via a pre-master

More information:
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Human Geography & Urban and Regional PlanningAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Spatial Planning and DesignAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Liberal Arts and SciencesAll Research universities

No additional requirements

More information:

Direct access with Philosophy, Politics & Economics. No access with other majors.

Economics and Business EconomicsAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Contact Sierdjan Koster for more information (Sierdjan.Koster rug.nl)

International BusinessAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Contact Sierdjan Koster for more information (Sierdjan.Koster rug.nl)

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test
  • IELTS overall band 6.5, no less than 6.0 on each section
  • TOEFL internet based 90, no less than 21 on each section
  • Cambridge English: Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (formerly known as CAE/CPE)
  • University of Groningen LCET: Minimum section scores C2 or C1 (one B2 allowed) See: https://www.rug.nl/language-centre/testing-unit/english-lcet/
  • Please note that TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure
  • An exemption can be given by the Admission Board.
previous education

Bachelor degree related to the field of regional economic development. This includes Bachelor programmes in Human Geography, Economic Geography, Regional and Urban Planning, Regional Economy, Economy or related. Bachelor diploma's in Sociology, Business Administration, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Micro-Economics are sometimes admissible.

Students with an international diploma can contact admission rug.nl for questions about their previous education

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 August 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14650full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Graduates in Economic Geography that have followed the track in regional competitiveness and trade are specialists in regional economic development in an international context with a keen eye for the role of policy. Also, they are well-versed in the latest methods and models in regional science. With this background, the programme prepares well a position in regional economic strategies and research in regional science:

  • A fair share of the graduates is employed by governmental organizations at all geographical levels (cities and municipalities, regional, national and international governmental organizations). This includes organizations such as the EU, the city of Amsterdam or The Dutch Ministry of Environment and Infrastructure.
  • Another large share of the graduates is active on the commercial market, mostly in consultancies in economic development. This includes companies such as Twijnstra Gudde, Antea.
  • A smaller share of the graduates enters research, teaching and entrepreneurship.
  • According to Elsevier (2015), job opportunities of geographers are above average with a relatively large job stability.

To see where our Economic Geography alumni end up, view this infographic

During the programme at the University of Groningen we offer support for your career preparation.

More information about the FSS Career Services.

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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme Economic Geography: Regional Competitiveness and Trade, please contact:

  • Drs. Nienke Harteveld (Study advisor)
    Email: study.advice.fss rug.nl
    Telephone: 050 36 33906
  • Saskia Enuma (Study advisor)
    Email: study.advice.fss rug.nl
    Telephone: 050 36 33906
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						Testimonial of Floris Jan Sander

    After graduating, your future options are countless

    – Floris Jan Sander
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    I chose for the master track Regional Competitiveness and Trade because it offers three economic courses where contemporary economic models are discussed which are used often, especially in regional economics.

    For example: how do regional spillovers occur, and how do you measure this? But also more practical examples like what can possibly happen to Groningen if the infrastructure to the Randstad will be improved? Will the region gain, or not? This is the first time I get in touch with these really practical models, which assures me that I am learning skills that I can use in my future career.

    Groningen is one of the only universities who offers a programme in Economic Geography. In other universities, the focus is more on human geography. Furthermore, the University of Groningen is unique because it is one of the few universities that have their own faculty for geographers and planners; the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. It’s a rather small faculty, so teachers know you and if you have questions they can help you right away. I think this is a real benefit.

    If you are interested in geography, but you’d also like to use economic models, especially for geographers, this is probably the best course you can choose. After graduating, your future options are countless.

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Study support

There are small groups, so you have a lot of contact with other students and lecturers.