Urban and Regional Planning

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 2.04 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 12.8 k / Year(s)  
66 place StudyQA ranking:4149 Duration:12 months

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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).

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.

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. 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. 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. 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. Written request: All applicants are required to submit a statement of motivation. Additional language requirements:Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: C1Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C1IELTS overall band: 6.5IELTS listening: 6IELTS reading: 6IELTS writing: 6IELTS speaking: 6TOEFL paper based: 575TOEFL computer based: 232TOEFL internet based: 90 English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C) TOEFL paper-based test score : 575 TOEFL iBT® test: 90

Huygens scholarship

The Dutch government has allocated a vast amount for excellent students coming to the Netherlands under the HSP Huygens Programme. The Nuffic is administrating the Huygens scholarship. Please find all all necessary information about application and selection on their website.

! The Faculty deadline for receiving Huygens scholarship requests is: 31 December 2010. On the online application form please mention the Huygens scholarship request by thicking the relevant box.

The International Office will make a first selection of most excellent students. For this students we will write a nomination letter. Applicants that are part of this selection will receive the nomination letter by e-mail before 1 February 2011 which is the Nuffic deadline for application.

Amsterdam Merit Scholarship

The Faculty of Economics and Business provides a limited number of scholarships for excellent students in the Master's programmes. There is no fixed number of available scholarships. The actual number will be determined by the amount that will be allocated to the Faculty.

Selection procedure

1) Applicants should write an AMS motivation letter (tell us in not more than 300 words your motivation to get the scholarship).

2) Applicants should upload the AMS digital motivation letter to their online application for the MSc programme before March 1st 2011.

3) Before the end of May 2011 we will inform all applicants about the results by e-mail.

Ahold Scholarship Programme

Ahold, an international food retailing group based in the Netherlands offers scholarships for non-EU students in the MSc in Accountancy and Control programme. Applicants should have an outstanding academic record and have special interest in retail and the intention to work and live in the USA or Europe after graduation. All non-EU applicants accepted to the MSc in Accountancy and Control programme will receive supplementary information on this Scholarship.

Colfuturo Scholarship

Students from Columbia can apply for this scholarship through their website.

Ford Foundation Scholarship

Scholarships are provided for students from a selection of countries worldwide. For more information see the Nuffic website.

Netherlands Fellowship Programmes

This programme provides funding for women and members of priority groups or marginalized regions. For more information see the Nuffic website.

Other scholarships

Further information on scholarships can be obtained from Nuffic, please refer to their website. Click on the link 'Grantfinder' to search for Dutch scholarships for foreign students.


In certain cases it is possible for EU students to receive a monthly studentgrant from the Dutch government (i.e. IB Group). Please check their website for further information.


Accredited by: NVAO in: The Netherlands

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