MSc in Spatial Planning

Radboud University

Program Description

MSc in Spatial Planning

Radboud University

Spatial planners are fascinated by on-going and future changes in cities and regions and take on the role as managers of those spatial transformations - think of: regenerating shopping districts or old industrial sites; designating water retention areas; shaping urban mobility concepts for the future. Related challenges vary in scale, from individual property to European policy making. The program sub-title ‘managing smart cities and regions’ reflects the challenges of current and coming urban societies, at a time that ambitions for a ‘New Urban Agenda’ for the 21st century are formulated, with policies and strategies to create more sustainable and equitable urban spaces.

Upon completion students will have knowledge of:

  • interfaces between different planning concepts, sectors, specializations and interests;
  • synergies that are found and trade-offs that are made along these interfaces;
  • paths through which integrative planning is manifested in policy formulation, decision-making and projects at different geographical and institutional levels.


You can choose a specialisation that best reflects your passion for spatial planning. Radboud University offers the following specialisations in this field, plus the option of constructing your own specialisation: Cities, Water and Climate Change, European Spatial and Environmental Planning, Planning, Land and Real Estate Development, Urban and Regional Mobility, Vision and Strategy Building for Cities and Regions.

Admission requirements

As an international student your prior education must meet certain 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
    • 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.

Career prospects

Our Spatial Planning graduates are greatly valued by their employers for their analytical skills, critical perspective and sound academic understanding of the relationship between human activities, their spatial environment, and relevant spatial interventions enhancing their living environment. Spatial planners from Nijmegen work as policy maker, consultant or project manager for government, consulting firms, project developers, housing corporations or research institutes. Also, more and more of our alumni are working in international projects.

Quality label

This programme was also rated ‘Best Master's Programme’ by Elsevier magazine’s annual survey of the best degree programmes.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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