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.
Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands
The Master's programme in Urban and Regional Planning consists of the following elements:
In the various Master's courses many topics are related to the lecturers' research.
Students complete the Master's programme Urban and Regional Planning with a Master's thesis in which they apply their knowledge of relevant planning theories and empirical research methods. The topics should be related to the planning courses and topics offered by the programme.
You can apply until:
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
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Minimum required score (Grade B2):
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Minimum required score:
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Minimum required score:
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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 nonÂnative 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.
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).
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:
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