The European Spatial and Environmental Planning (ESEP) Master's programme is:
You have the opportunity to critically discuss the spatial implications of EU policy in a comparative perspective, and to better understand the multi-level system of governance in an integrated European Union.
Theoretical approaches taught cover institutional perspectives and theories on European integration, planning and policy-making. Methodologically, the focus is on comparative approaches to allow for a better understanding of differences in planning systems and policies across Europe.
Choose your diploma
You can choose whether you would like to graduate with a Master's of Science in Spatial Planning degree (60 European credits) or a Master's of Science in Social and Political Sciences of the Environment degree (60 European credits), depending on your interest and future career aspirations.
The ESEP Master's specialization consists of five substantive core modules and one core module on research methodology, as follows:
Institutional Perspectives on societal change and spatial dynamics - discusses spatial and environmental planning in times of societal change; perspectives on institutional dynamics, such as political-institutional, institutional-economic, and governance approaches; and responses in the practice of spatial and environmental planning.
Comparative planning - aims to provide students with a better understanding of the differences in how planning is organised in different European countries, to discuss the principles and practice of cross-national comparative policy analysis and to consider the potential for cross-national policy transfer.
European spatial planning and the EU territorial cooperation agenda - focusses on the cooperation of member states and regions at the EU and transnational levels in the field of spatial development and territorial cohesion.
International environmental politics - discusses the content and theory of global and EU environmental politics, institutional aspects, and the implementation of EU environmental legislation.
The EU and domestic impact: economy, space and environment - explores and discusses the way EU governance structures (new and pre-existing) and strategies impact upon economic, spatial and environmental developments at regional and national levels.
Preparation Master's thesis - an important part of the ESEP Masters specialisation is the independent Master's thesis, which students will prepare with this module and finalise under the supervision of a senior academic staff member during the second semester.
Master's thesis - For their Master's thesis, students will be supervised by staff with research expertise in a relevant area and have the possibility to link their own research to ongoing activities in the Faculty's research programme.
More information on the different core moduls can be found on the programme's website!
There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. A list, including detailed information, can be found on our scholarships and grants page at our website. Below some opportunities are described.
Orange Tulip Scholarship
Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia and China - offers a tuition fee waiver of 6,750 euros and exemption from visa and health insurance costs.
Open to excellent American students - the grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of 1,050 euros, international travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered.
Erasmus Mundus ERANET
Open for Russian candidates - applicants may be undergraduate exchange students, Master's students, doctorate and post-doctorate candidates, as well as academic and administrative staff.
Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship
Open to students from China - the Dutch contribution to the scholarship consist of monthly allowance 1,000 euros, international travel costs 1,400 euros, tuition/research fee 1,906 euros, it also covers the cost of visa, insurance and other.
Aimed at lecturers at higher education instituations in Indonesia who wish to pursue a PhD or Master's at a university in the Netherlands. A DIKTI scholarship includes allowances for living expenses, insurance, travel costs, tuition fees and more.
Dutch Student Finance
EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age are eligible if they are working at least 56 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. Dutch student finance consists of four components: a basic grant, a supplementary grant (depending on the parental income), a student travel product, and a loan.
NVAO is entrusted by law (the Higher Education and Scientific Research Act) to accredit all existing Bachelors and Masters degree courses and to validate new study programmes at government-funded institutions of higher education and at institutions approved (but not funded) by the Dutch government. Institutions that have neither government funding nor approval can apply for accreditation of post-initial Masters degree courses.
With regard to the nature of accreditation in higher education, the Netherlands and Flanders (Flemish-speaking Belgium) have opted for accreditation at the level of study programmes. NVAO has laid down accreditation frameworks for this purpose for Flanders and the Netherlands.
In the Netherlands and in Flanders, accreditation is a precondition for government funding of a Bachelors or Masters degree programme, for the right to award recognised diplomas and, in the Netherlands, to grant financial assistance to students. In the context of the internationalisation of education and the labour market, accreditation provides for an equivalence of quality assurance in higher education.