Utrecht University

Spatial Planning, M.Sc.

The Master of Science in Spatial Planning at Utrecht University teaches students how to resolve issues concerning urban land spacing and sustainability. The Master’s degree focuses on the implications of planning theory, as well as the advanced methods and techniques of managing human geography. Students will have the possibility to follow an internship in the field at the end of the year.

About

The Master's programme Spatial Planning (previously known as Planologie) from Utrecht University trains you to solve conflicting interests on urban land. Many stakeholders have different ideas on how to use land – learn to balance them and find sustainable solutions. As a planner, you are also directly involved in preparing public policy for sustainable cities. Apply appropriate methods and instruments that contribute to sustainable, smart, and inclusive spatial policy. Learn how to develop innovative concepts and manage complex governance processes for the sustainable use of spatial resources such as land and shape the urban environment of the future.

Programme Objectives

The programme in Utrecht prepares you to approach issues such as, facilitating sustainable urban (re)development, finding answers to changing socio-spatial demands (such as demographic or climate change), dealing with complexities of metropolitan areas and real estate development in difficult economic times, or governance of environmental changes in an uncertain climate. Therefore, you will be trained in:

  • analysing spatial problems with dedicated scientific methods;
  • applying innovative knowledge and theories to come up with appropriate solutions;
  • evaluating and prioritising alternative spatial development options;
  • governance and management of cities.

Accreditation

Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Courses:
  • Beyond Planning Theory
  • Smart Urban Governance In Spatial Planning
  • Planning For Sustainable Cities
  • Advanced Methods And Techniques In Human Geography And Planning
  • Master Thesis/internship Spatial Planning

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 93

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • You have an (inter)national academic Bachelor’s degree in Human Geography and Planning or one of the following: Social Sciences, Economics, Management and Organizational Sciences, Humanities and Law. Students should have demonstrable knowledge of issues related to Spatial Planning;
  • You have knowledge of, and experience with, both quantitative and qualitative methods for research in Social Sciences;
  • Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15167 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA
  • Part time statutory fee €1,765 (NL/EU) (for exceptions see Tuition Fees and Financial Support)

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

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