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Tourism Geography and Planning

Which impacts does tourism have on the social, cultural, environmental, and spatial characteristics of an area? How do tourists influence and are influenced by places and cultures?

How can tourism geography with its long tradition in researching human's activities, behaviors, and impacts in place, time, and space help in understanding the challenges that contemporary tourism is facing? You will tackle these questions and study the interactions between tourists, visitors, local communities, and the natural, and build environment in detail in the Tourism Geography and Planning track.

Tourism is a global phenomenon with important regional and local impacts. Due to the large number of tourist trips and the possible economic influences, tourism development is often seen by policy makers as an important strategy for regional development. As COVID-19 has shown, tourism is a fragile phenomenon: it can suddenly come to a grinding halt leaving communities that rely on tourism without means to sustain their livelihood. Moreover, before COVID-19, tourism had reached a level that threatened that same heritage (both human and natural) on which it depends.

The Tourism Geography and Planning track offers critical insights into the role of the tourism sector in such liveability and identity questions. It offers international, place-based, critical, and research-oriented approaches. In line with the teaching and research philosophy at RUG/Campus Fryslân, the track’s approach to tourism is transdisciplinary involving disciplines such as history, anthropology, psychology, spatial planning, and hospitality studies in the curriculum and a dialogue with global and local actors in (sustainable) tourism development.

Through theoretical perspectives you will develop the capacity to understand, analyse, and evaluate complex problems related to (sustainable) tourism development and planning.

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Join the online open office hours every Wednesday at 11:30am to 12:45pm CET from now until the application deadline, 1 May 2021. During this live Q&A session you will be able to talk to us directly to ask any questions, big or small, that you may have. We're looking forward to seeing you there. Please find the link to here

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. It is one of the few masters taught in Campus Fryslân. 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
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Fieldwork Cultural Geography (5 EC)
Place, Regions & Identities (5 EC)
Tourism and Culture (5 EC)
Nature, Landscape & Heritage (5 EC)
Tourism and Regional Developement (5 EC)
Master's Thesis Cultural Geography (20 EC)
Qualitative Research Methods (5 EC)
Tourism Planning & Practice (5 EC)
Social Impact Assessment (5 EC)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is unaccommodated
Entry requirements

Transfer options

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: Tourism Geography and Planning.

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
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

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.

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
  • 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/EEA2021-2022€ 2168full-time
non-EU/EEA2021-2022€ 15900full-time

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

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Afgestudeerden kunnen hun kennis internationaal en lokaal toepassen als:

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.

See where our alumni end up in this graphic !

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.


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Contact

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

    The programme stands on the intersection of different geographical specializations

    – Joost Blaakmeer
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    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

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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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