M.Sc. Urban and Regional Planning

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR14700 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
    EUR1984 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
University of Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Urban and Regional Planning programme offers you a thorough understanding of advanced theories and methodologies of urban and regional planning, with a focus on urban and metropolitan areas.

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The Urban and Regional Planning programme offers you a thorough understanding of advanced theories and methodologies of urban and regional planning, with a focus on urban and metropolitan areas.

New conditions of the network society and relational geography have rapidly influenced urban and regional development. The Master's programme in Urban and Regional Planning offers you a broad training in urban and regional planning, with a focus on strategic planning, climate proof cities, mobility in transformative spaces as well as urban planning and property-led development. During the programme, you will focus on innovative forms of planning aimed at solving problems of collective action in metropolitan areas. The Urban and Regional Planning programme offers you a thorough understanding of advanced theories and methodologies of urban and regional planning, with a focus on urban and metropolitan areas. Core elements are drafting spatial plans, policies and projects (spatial interventions), understanding actor constellations, knowing the institutional conditions of spatial interventions and the international comparison of spatial planning traditions and metropolitan governance.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Start in 1 September: March (non-EEA: March).
Tuition fee
  • EUR 14700 per year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
  • EUR 1984 per year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
Start date
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The Master's programme in Urban and Regional Planning consists consists the following elements:

  • Planning methodologies (6 ECTS)
  • Innovatice international planning practices
    (6 ECTS)
  • Strategic planning and metropolitan transformation
    (6 ECTS)
  • Transport planning (6 ECTS)
  • Real estate and area development (6 ECTS)
  • Planning research: methods & techniques
    (6 ECTS)
  • Master thesis project (24 ECTS)

Topics

In the various Master courses many topics are related to the lecturers' research.

Examples include

  • comparative analysis of European metropolitan areas such as Copenhagen, Strasbourg and Vienna,
  • institutional requirements for multiple land use,
  • the southern wing of the Randstad,
  • strategic planning in the northern wing of the Randstad,
  • transition paths to sustainable urban mobility, or
  • support for transport and land use strategy-making.

Thesis

Students complete the Master Urban and Regional Planning with a thesis where they apply planning theories, methods and techniques. Students write their individual thesis in a masterthesis project.
Fieldwork can be carried out abroad for the thesis (although not necessarily) and students can apply for University funds.

Degree requirements

The MSc in Urban and Regional Planning is awarded upon completion of 60 ECTS credits, including all required courses in the curriculum and a written Master's thesis, which is based on an independent research project.

Language

The whole programme is in English language, although Dutch students have the right to do their exams in Dutch language since this programme is Dutch accredited.

Requirements

Previous education: The Master's programme in Urban and Regional Planning seeks students with an academic Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) related to planning studies (planologie), or related to the field of social sciences such as sociology, cultural anthropology and sociology, political sciences, economics, law, public administration, and beta gamma and/or future planet studies (provided it includes the major planning).

Additional subject: Applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of planning studies of (the equivalent of) at least 30 ECTS earned during previous studies.

Knowledge minimum: Applicants should have a solid basis in both qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methodology reflected by the completion of (the equivalent of) at least 20 ECTS during previous study. Experience with the following research methods skills is required: * Construct a solid research design * Understand advantages and disadvantages of different research methods and a mixed methods approach * Develop and carry out a (simple) survey * Interpret the results of a survey with a statistical package * Be able to do statistical analysis, preferably with SPSS or a similar software programme * Conduct an interview * Analyse the results of an interview Promising candidates with slightly less than 20 ECTS of social sciences research methodology may be admitted provided that they complete an intensive research methodology module (in the four weeks prior to the Master's programme) offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences. Please note that this is up to the admissions committee to decide.

Language test: All nonĀ­native speakers of English (Dutch students exempted) applying to one of the English taught programmes offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English. Applicants who are nationals of or who have obtained their Bachelor's degree in countries other than the Netherlands, the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland or New Zealand are required to submit an English test score that meets specific requirements. Inability to do so will disqualify you from enrollment.

Written request: All applicants are required to submit a statement of motivation.

Grade list: All applicants are required to submit official transcripts of each higher education institute attended, listing all courses and examinations already completed and currently enrolled in, and grades and credits obtained.

Additional language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: C1
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C1
  • IELTS overall band: 7
  • IELTS listening: 6.5
  • IELTS reading: 6.5
  • IELTS writing: 6.5
  • IELTS speaking: 6.5
  • TOEFL paper based: 600
  • TOEFL internet based: 95

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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Accreditation

Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

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