Utrecht University

Spatial Planning, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
Utrecht's University Master of Science in Spatial Planning teaches students 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.

About

Utrecht's University Master of Science in Spatial Planning 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.

Career

The master Spatial Planning prepares you for a job as an independent and internationally recognized spatial planner in the sphere of policy-, project- and process management, or research. You will be able to work in the Netherlands or abroad from the local up to the European levels. With a broad perspective and a keen eye for various cultural and institutional contexts, planners are widely employed in a range of organisations. Some examples:

  • municipalities, provinces or (trans-)national government
  • research and consultancy firms
  • international profit and non-profit institutions
  • social and civil organisations
  • PhD student at a university

Accreditation

Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Beyond Planning Theory
  • Planning for Sustainable Cities
  • Smart Urban Governance in Spatial Planning
  • Research Methodology in Spatial Planning
  • Real Estate
  • Healthy Cities
  • Migration, Mobilities and Sustainable Futures
  • Urban Heritage
  • Techniques of Futuring: Imaging the City of the Future
  • Urban Infrastructures

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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 (Grade B):

    193

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    93

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Academic Requirements

  • Besides TOEFL, IELTS and CAE, also Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE - at least Grade C) is accepted as a proof of English Proficiency.
  • An (inter)national academic Bachelor degree in Human Geography and Planning or one of the following: Social Sciences, Economics, Management and Organisational Sciences, Humanities and Law. Students should have demonstrable knowledge of issues related to Spatial Planning;
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, both quantitative and qualitative methods for research in Social Sciences;
  • You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15575 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15575 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Utrecht

  • 900 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university.  You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students:

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Holland Scholarships
  • Orange Tulip Scholarships
  • Canadian student loans
  • Fulbright / NAF
  • US Federal Loans
  • Erasmus+ Master loans

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