Thematic Theoretical Specialization

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2020/21
Vakcode GERMTTO1
Vaknaam Thematic Theoretical Specialization
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode hele jaar

Uitgebreide vaknaam Thematic Theoretical Specialization
Leerdoelen 1A. Sound knowledge and thorough understanding of important contemporary interdisciplinary issues and theories in spatial sciences, and a detailed knowledge of important issues in the area of interest, including relevant theories and subjects in disciplines related to the Faculty’s Research Programme, towards Wellbeing, Innovation and Spatial Transformation (tWIST).
1B. Sound knowledge and understanding of theoretical models, concepts and frameworks that help explain and interpret spatial, societal and institutional phenomena and dynamics.
1E. The ability to position one’s own research questions in the relevant philosophical and theoretical debates in the field of regional studies
2C. The ability to develop new, creative and well-argued perspectives on existing theoretical, methodological and societal debates in the field of geography, planning and/or demography.
Omschrijving The course units in GERMTTO (in year 1 and in year 2) form the theoretical and thematic orientation in the research master spatial sciences. Students should acquire a rich and diverse set of knowledge and competences regarding spatial sciences and regional studies. The standard amount of theoretical and thematic courses is 30 EC. If students choose a 15EC Research Internship (instead of the standard 10EC) then 25EC of theoretical and thematic courses is required.
The theoretical and thematic orientation is the individual collection of course units focused on theory and contents that students are required to fulfil during their Research Master Programme.
The theoretical and thematic course units provided by the faculty are presented in the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER). The course units reflect recent developments and discussions in the specific academic disciplines within the spatial sciences. Besides courses at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences students are allowed to follow master-level courses on other faculties or universities. Students have a.o. followed modules at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Philosophy, and at Utrecht University, Wageningen University and the University of Amsterdam in the past.

For students following one of the Research Master specializations (Cultural Geography, Economic Geography etc) many courses are predetermined, but limited choice options are still available. Please check the ReMa specialisation document at the master website (, and contact the coordinators (of the specialization master and the ReMa) in case advice or approval is needed.
Uren per week variabel
(depending on the individual course units followed)
(depending on the individual course units followed)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. F.J. Sijtsma
Docent(en) dr. F.J. Sijtsma
Opmerkingen Students choose 30 ECTS in this module. However if they decide to do their Research Internship at a Research Institute for 15 ECTS (instead of the regular 10 ECTS) then they choose 25 ECTS here.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Basic programme year 1 Spatial Sciences) 1 hele jaar verplicht
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Islands and Sustainability year 1 Spatial Sciences) 1 hele jaar verplicht