MSc Climate Adaptation Governance

University of Groningen
12 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

MSc Climate Adaptation Governance

Cultural Geography at Campus Fryslân studies the mutual shaping of human societies and our natural surroundings into cultural landscapes. Within this program, 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 program, 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.

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Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

language test - English: Passing grade for VWO English TOEFL iBT: 90 (min. 18 on section scores) IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (min. 6.0 on section scores) Cambridge C1 CAE Cambridge C2 CPE Certificate with grade A, B or C

previous education - A Dutch VWO-diploma with any profile (or equivalent international high school diploma), or having obtained a HBO-propaedeutic certificate with a passing grade for VWO Mathematics A or VWO Mathematics B (or the international equivalent) and a passing grade for VWO English (or proof of sufficient proficiency by means of an English language test)

International diploma

additional subject - Passing grade for VWO Mathematics A or VWO Mathematics B (or international equivalent)

language test - English: Passing grade for VWO English TOEFL iBT: 90 (min. 18 on section scores) IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (min. 6.0 on section scores) Cambridge C1 CAE Cambridge C2 CPE Certificate with grade A, B or C

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Adaptation Governance
  • Field Work Cultural Geography
  • Place, Regions & Identities
  • Culture and Community-based Adaptation
  • Nature, Landscape & Heritage
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Master Thesis Preparation Module
  • Social Impact Assessment
  • Urban Adaptation and Innovation
  • Thesis

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fees for EU/EEA Students: € 2,209 per year
  • Tuition fees for Non-EU/EEA Students: € 16,201 per year


Credits - 60 ECTS

MSc in Cultural Geography

Career paths

Field trips, guest lectures, workshops, and serious gaming simulations, which are part of your program, 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.

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 program coordinator for local, regional, and national governments, intergovernmental bodies, non-governmental organizations at home and abroad, the management of businesses, and other institutions.

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University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1614 and it ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world. We are a research-intensive institution offering a wide range of highly regarded bachelor, master...

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We're a Top 100 University

Study at one of the world’s leading universities. Learn from the best and take advantage of exciting research opportunities. Live in a vibrant city where over a quarter of the population are students. Whatever you’re seeking from your university experience, you’ll find it in Groningen. With over 45 world-class Bachelor’s programmes and 160 highly-ranked Master’s programmes, we have a field of study for you.

Our groundbreaking research

As a student, you will be actively involved in research at one of Europe’s top research institutions from the get-go. The University of Groningen carries out ground-breaking and socially-relevant research that builds bridges between disciplines and closes the gap between science and society.

400 years of reputation

The University of Groningen is the second oldest university in the Netherlands and has built a reputation for excellence. Many talented people have passed through the university during its rich 400-year history, including Nobel Prize winners like Ben Feringa (Chemistry, 2016) and Frits Zernike (Physics, 1953). Some have been pioneers in their respective fields, such as the first female University student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank.

Vibrant Student Life

While its history can be traced back to 300 BC, today Groningen is a vibrant student city with the youngest population in the Netherlands – one in four people here is a student! That means there’s always something to do, with various art and music festivals, theatres, cinemas and performance venues catering to all tastes, whether you prefer to watch or want to join in. In Groningen, you’ll see students everywhere: studying in the pretty Noorderplantsoen park, working various part-time jobs and partying the night away.

Global Community

The University of Groningen attracts a large international community! Our Erasmus Student Network (ESN) conveniently facilitates all international students in Groningen and organizes over 150 activities a year. The University of Groningen has strong international connections which means that you can easily spend part of your degree studying abroad. The University also offers several unique international Master’s degree programmes in cooperation with other large European universities.

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Broerstraat 5
9712 GL Groningen
The Netherlands

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