12 months
17500 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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The Spatial Planning programme at Utrecht University 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.

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Many stakeholders have different ideas on how to use urban 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.

Objectives of the Spatial Planning  programme at Utrecht University

You will be trained in:

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


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


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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Beyond Planning Theory

  • Planning for Sustainable Cities

  • Urban Governance In Spatial Planning

  • Research Methodology In Spatial Planning

  • Master's Thesis Spatial Planning

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

You are eligible for the Master’s programme Spatial Planning provided you fulfil the following admission requirements:

  • An (inter)national academic Bachelor degree in Human Geography and Planning or a related program. 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;

  • In principle, students with a Bachelor’s degree from a university must have a GPA of at least 2.4 (on a scale of 1-4) or at least 6.5 under the Dutch system to qualify for admission.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17500 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.

Part time fees: Dutch and other EU/EEA students - 1,963 EUR per year.

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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