MSc in European Spatial and Environmental Planning

Radboud University

Program Description

MSc in European Spatial and Environmental Planning

Radboud University

ESEP is ... A one-year international Master’s programme; focused on the European dimension to spatial and environmental planning in the member states of the European Union (EU); taught at one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands: Radboud University; taught in small groups and in a personal and interactive way; proud of its synergy between theory and practice, and; highly appreciated by its students.

Challenging programme

This programme will challenge and stimulate you. You will work in small groups on contemporary themes and learn to think critically about new developments. In this you will receive personal supervision and thorough training in research methodology.

Unique Master’s level training

The spatial and environmental impacts of European Union policy are visible wherever we look. Nature protection through the Natura2000 network or transnational arrangements for water management are examples. The globalization of the economy and increasing interlinkages between regions have led to a growth in transport volumes across the EU, as exemplified by recent expansions of many European airports. Many of these EU developments have considerable spatial and environmental implications.

Boundary breaking

The master’s programme gives attention to aspects of coordination of policies and actions vertically (among different levels of government), horizontally (among different policy sectors) and geographically (across administrative boundaries). A core strength is the combination of a thorough theoretical and methodological foundation with a critical exploration of actual spatial developments and policy processes. Theoretical approaches taught cover institutional perspectives and theories on European integration, planning and policy-making. Methodologically, the focus is on comparative approaches.

Choosing your diploma

ESEP is a programme that is offered by the chairs of Spatial Planning and of the Political Sciences of the Environment. You can choose whether you would like to graduate with a Master’s of Science in Spatial Planning degree or a Master’s of Science in Social and Political Sciences of the Environment degree.

Career prospects

There is great demand for spatial and environmental planners with a thorough knowledge of the EU and international policy context. Our graduates work in EU institutions, national and regional public authorities, private companies and NGOs, dealing with environmental planning, regional policy and spatial planning. They also pursue academic careers. As one of our Master’s students you will be trained to be a researcher or policy maker who will be able to contribute to better environmental and spatial planning policy.

Programme outline

  • Five core modules: Institutional Perspectives on societal change and spatial dynamics; European spatial planning and the EU territorial cooperation agenda; Comparative planning; The EU and domestic impact: economy, space and environment; and International Environmental Politics (6 ECs each); and
  • Preparation of Master’s thesis (6 ECs); and
  • Master’s thesis (24 ECs)
Academic year consists of 4 blocks, each block has up to 3 courses, and the exams are at the end of each block: - Block 1: September – beginning of November - Block 2: November – January - Block 3: February – middle of April - Block 4: April – middle of June

Admission requirements

1. A completed Bachelor's degree from a spatially-oriented discipline

In order to get admission to this Master's you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree from spatially-oriented disciplines, such as spatial planning, human geography, social and political sciences of the environment.

2. Proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English.This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets one of the following conditions:

  • Has successfully completed a three-year Bachelor's programme at a Dutch university.
  • Is a citizen of Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or the United States of America.
  • Has successfully completed a Bachelor's programme that was taught completely in the English language in one of the following countries: EU/EEA-countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America.
  • Has successfully completed a Master's programme from a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO).

All other students need one of the following certificates (TOEFL and IELTS certificates may not be older than two years).

  • A TOEFL score of ≥90, with subscores not lower than 18
  • A IELTS score of ≥6.5, with subscores not lower than 6.0
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher

3. A background in research methodology

Because of the academic nature of this programme, we require all our students to have basic training in research processes, e.g. research design and data-analysis.


Programmes starting in September
  • Non-EEA students: 1 April.
  • EEA students: 1 May.
Quality label

Both the Keuzegids Masters and the Bachelor’s programme information guide Keuzegids Universiteiten have now designated Radboud University as the ‘Best General University’ in the Netherlands.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 7, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 1, 2017
1 year
Full time
May 1, 2017
EU/EEA: 01/04/2015 - non-EU/EEA (each year) 01/05/2017
Start date Sept. 1, 2017
Netherlands Nijmegen
Application deadline May 1, 2017
EU/EEA: 01/04/2015 - non-EU/EEA (each year) 01/05/2017
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price - €2,006 for EEA/ € 9,432-non EEA students