M.Sc. Urban and Regional Planning

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR12000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English
University of Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Master's programme offers a broad training in urban and regional planning, with a focus on strategic planning and mobility in transformative spaces as well as urban development and real estate.

Description of Urban and Regional Planning


The Master's programme offers a broad training in urban and regional planning, with a focus on strategic planning and mobility in transformative spaces as well as urban development and real estate.

The Urban and Regional Planning programme offers students 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. Students also gain knowledge of relevant research methods to undertake planning research and will apply acquired theories, knowledge and research skills in a Master's thesis. In summary, the programme trains students to analyse (by reflecting on research and by doing research) and act (by critically assessing existing interventions and by drafting new interventions).

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Start in 1 September: March (non-EEA: March).
Tuition fee
  • EUR 12000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1906 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
  • English
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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)


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.


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.


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 for Urban and Regional Planning

Previous education: The Master's programme in Urban and Regional Planning seeks students with an academic Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Planning Studies (Planologie), or in another social sciences discipline related to the programme. International diplomas are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the diploma should be equivalent to three years of Dutch university education. Applicants with a higher professional Bachelor's degree in urban and regional planning obtained at a university of applied sciences (HBO) will first need to complete a relevant academic Bachelor's degree or complete a Dutch-taught preparatory year, especially designed for HBO graduates, before applying to the Master's programme. For more information on application and admission, please visit our website.

Additional subject: Applicants should have a solid basis in social sciences research methodology reflected by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 20 EC during previous study.

Language test: All non-native speakers of English (including Dutch students) 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. For more information, please visit our website.

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.

Knowledge minimum: All applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of planning studies of at least (an equivalent of) 30 EC earned during previous studies.

Additional language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: C1
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C1
  • IELTS overall band: 6.5
  • IELTS listening: 6
  • IELTS reading: 6
  • IELTS writing: 6
  • IELTS speaking: 6
  • TOEFL paper based: 575
  • TOEFL computer based: 232
  • TOEFL internet based: 90

Work Experience for Urban and Regional Planning

No work experience is required.

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