Skip to ContentSkip to Navigation
Education Master's and PhD degree programmes Sustainable Tourism & Society
Header image Sustainable Tourism & Society

Sustainable Tourism & Society

Can tourism have a positive impact on communities and destinations? Find it out during Sustainable Tourism & Society at Campus Fryslân! This progamme offers international, place-based, critical, and research-oriented approaches towards the tourism industry of today.

✔ Study how tourists, visitors, local communities, and the natural and built environment interact

✔ Learn about sustainable tourism development from a local, regional, national and global perspective.

✔ Enrich your expertise by working on real-life challenges together with our partners:

  • TAF (Tourism Alliance of Friesland), meant to support the development of the region as a tourist destination.
  • Waddenacademie, academic institution standing for socio-economic development of Wadden Sea Region (a UNESCO World Heritage site).
  • Policy makers in the province and in several municipalities in the north of the Netherlands.
  • Key players in the field of tourism, such as TUI and World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

    Sustainable Tourism & Society offers critical insights into the role of the tourism sector.

    Msc Cultural Geography
    Sustainable Tourism & Society at Campus Fryslân is a track within a wider Msc programme in Cultural Geography, which studies the mutual shaping of human societies and our natural surroundings into cultural landscapes. Within this programme, you can follow a track on the governance of climate adaptation, or in sustainable tourism & society.

→ Keep me posted!

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?

The University of Groningen is the only university in the Netherlands that offers a Master in Cultural Geography. Your compulsory courses are taught in Leeuwarden. Students are trained with the necessary critical, analytical, methodological and theoretical tools to contribute to place-related liveability in society. Career perspectives vary from governments, NGOs and corporate roles.

Programme
Periods
Courses1234
Field Work Cultural Geography (5 EC)
Place, Regions and Identities (5 EC)
Tourism, Culture and Sustainability: an Introduction (5 EC)
Nature, Landscape and Heritage (5 EC)
Qualitative Research Methods (5 EC)
Sustainable Tourism and Regional Development (5 EC)
Master Thesis Preparation Module (5 EC)
Social Impact Assessment (5 EC)
Sustainable Tourism: Planning and Practice (5 EC)
Master Thesis (15 EC)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is unaccommodated
Entry requirements

Transfer options

Transferring from...

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Tourism Managementnhlstenden

Deficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC

More information:

You can take a minor in your Tourism Management programme at Stenden that will give you direct access to the master track of Cultural Geography: Sustainable Tourism & Society.

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

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Academic Bachelor degree in geography, social sciences or tourism studies, with some background knowledge in Geography, including at least 10 ECTS in statistics and research methods.

language test

Sufficient English language proficiency is required, except for native speakers from the following countries: United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands.

The following documents are valid:

  • Full English Bachelor's degree*, where the only language of instruction is English.
  • TOEFL: a minimum score of 90 with a minimum of 18 on reading and listening, 20 on speaking and 21 on writing,
  • IELTS: a minimum score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 on all items, or
  • Cambridge: C1 advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180
  • English taught bachelors from the following countries are valid as proof of English proficiency: The Netherlands, United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

An exemption can be given by the Admission Board.

other admission requirements

Please use the step-by-step guide for more information regarding your eligibility and your specific application procedure

Step-by-step guide


Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 July 202301 September 2023
EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023

Be aware that the table about the selection procedures refers to the country where you obtained your diploma, not your nationality. 'Dutch students' for example means students with a Dutch diploma.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
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 test

Sufficient English language proficiency is required, except for native speakers from the following countries: United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands.

The following documents are valid:

  • Full English Bachelor's degree*, where the only language of instruction is English.
  • TOEFL: a minimum score of 90 with a minimum of 18 on reading and listening, 20 on speaking and 21 on writing,
  • IELTS: a minimum score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 on all items, or
  • Cambridge: C1 advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180
  • English taught bachelors from the following countries are valid as proof of English proficiency: The Netherlands, United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

An exemption can be given by the Admission Board.

other admission requirements

Please use this step-by-step guide for more information regarding your eligibility and your specific application procedure: https://fd13.formdesk.com/rug/msc-cg-admission-application-guide

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)C1
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE)C2
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS listening6
IELTS reading6
IELTS writing6
IELTS speaking6
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 students01 July 202301 September 2023
EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023

Be aware that the table about the selection procedures refers to the country where you obtained your diploma, not your nationality. 'Dutch students' for example means students with a Dutch diploma.

Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2022-2023€ 2209full-time
non-EU/EEA2022-2023€ 16201full-time

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

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Graduates can apply their knowledge internationally and locally as:

  • policy analysts in governmental offices
  • tourism officers
  • destination planners
  • tourism entrepreneurs
  • UNWTO officers
  • researchers
  • lecturers

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

Research

Research in the Master

The research at the Department of Cultural Geography is strongly embedded in the research programme of the Faculty of Campus Fryslân.

It is labelled ‘tWIST: Towards Wellbeing, Innovation and Spatial Transformation’. Central in this research are experiences of local communities around the globe. The research in Cultural Geography focuses on place, identity and wellbeing and includes population decline and healthy aging.

Topics of recent research projects are:

  • Community participation;
  • Aging and wellbeing;
  • Innovation and rural transformation;
  • Socio-spatial consequences of population decline;
  • Heritage; evolution of the historical landscape;
  • Nature and health;
  • Entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility;
  • Employment opportunities
  • Housing and the living environment of the different groups in society;
  • Social impact assessment;
  • Social aspects of new technologies;
  • Social aspects of agriculture;
  • Social aspects of natural resource management;
  • Tourism and (cross-border) regional development; film and music tourism.

The research projects deal with the relations between people and place. Knowing your own 'place' is of fundamental importance for the formation of human identity and well-being. Cultural expressions such as art, architecture, rituals and language, and our knowledge and appreciation of nature and landscape interact with the physical environment to form our live stories and the liveability of places. Therefore, the ways in which we construct space and place are physical manifestations of both our imagination and our self-awareness. This perspective allows you to understand and explain differences between places, communities and the spatial behaviour of humans.

Our research is strongly empirical. Students will become familiar with qualitative and quantitative research methods during the Master, applied to the topics of place attachment, identity and liveability. Innovative research methods such as visual methodologies and location-based applications (social or soft GIS) can be used for the Master Thesis.


Apply nowBrochureEventsContact

Contact

  • General Inquiries (For all questions related to the programme and application)
    Email: cf-masters rug.nl
    Telephone: 058-2055000
  • 
						Testimonial of Joost Blaakmeer

    The programme stands on the intersection of different geographical specializations

    – Joost Blaakmeer
    Read more

    What attracted me to the Master Tourism Geography and Planning is how it stands on the intersection of different geographical specializations. By highlighting the links between tourism, cultures and planning in a globally connected world and exploring relevant tourism themes such as heritage, landscapes and cross-border cooperation you become a tourism professional with the capabilities to approach tourism from various perspectives.

    I specifically liked how you l earn to bring together the various geographical viewpoints on tourism from a theoretical perspective whilst not ignoring how theoretical concepts are used by organizing company visits, excursions and guest lectures.

    Joost Blaakmeer, the Netherlands

    Close

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
Read more