Urban Studies

Advanced certificate
24 months
Application deadlines: 11 January
Processing time: 30 days
Intakes: September
International tuition: €16,335
Domestic tuition: €2,083

Program overview

Research Master's programmes are two-year programmes specifically designed for excellent students wising to pursue a career in research. Their main objective is to prepare students for an academic career, a career in applied research, or research-­‐intensive jobs in policy or professional fields. Graduates should be able to successfully start PhD research or acquire a position of equivalent level in applied research or policy practice. These programmes include additional research methodology and-, skills training, as well as hands-on experience in the top research groups of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research.

Study options

This program can be done
On campus



The number of available places is limited to 20 new students per year. If more qualified students apply than there are places available, candidates with the most convincing academic standing are selected. This is based on: Previous study results The relevance of previous studies Previous knowledge of social sciences research methodology Motivation Job experience Previously written academic work. English language proficiency As the Master's programme will be highly demanding and fully taught in English, a high level of English language proficiency is expected of all applicants. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and give presentations in English.

Career opportunities

PhD research positions Graduates in Urban Studies are well prepared to continue their career in academia as PhD researchers and advanced positions like assistant professor or post-doc researcher. Graduates claim PhD positions at our own research institute (AISSR) and also increasingly at other Dutch universities and abroad, such as in Leuven, London, Vienna and Kentucky. In addition, a few other alumni have temporary positions as junior lecturer or researcher in academic institutes, with the prospects of an extended academic career. Research positions outside academia Also outside academia, we find several alumni in positions in which they either conduct research or are involved in research management. Examples include: a research coordinator at the Deltametropool foundation, a research coordinator at the Dutch Office for Cultural Heritage (Rijksdienst Cultureel Erfgoed), a researcher of real estate plans at the publishing company Elsevier, a researcher at Platform31 (a knowledge and network organisation for urban development). Policy-makers Several other alumni work in policy practice, for a municipality, a province or a national ministry. In these positions they usually combine policy-making and policy advice with conducting or managing research. For example, alumni of our programme can be found in: the municipalities of Amsterdam, Leiden, Diemen, and Louisville (US); the city-regional organisation Stadsregio Amsterdam; the provinces of Noord-Holland, Noord-Brabant and Zeeland; the Dutch Ministries of Internal Affairs and Infrastructure & Environment. Private sector Some of our alumni have chosen for a career in the private sector. The businesses they work for are logically related to the field of urban studies: real estate development, project development and consultancy or advice for environmental development projects, for example. Enterprises and freelancers Finally, especially in the past few years, several alumni have chosen to start their own enterprise or work as freelancers. While some of these self-employed and freelance alumni have only started as such very recently and may see it rather as a temporary solution while searching for employment, others have managed to establish themselves in the market already.