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 policymaking. 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 specialization that best reflects your passion for spatial planning:
- Cities, Water and Climate Change: Gain all necessary knowledge and skills for working on the nexus between urban planning, water, and environmental management.
- European Spatial and Environmental Planning: Become a spatial planner who understands EU policies, can cooperate with planners across borders and engages with other sectors like the environment and economic development.
- Planning, Land and Real Estate Development: Discover new perspectives on urban development which you can use in a future role as city developer, either in the public or private sector.
- Urban and Regional Mobility: Look into different integrated mobility systems or transport modes at different spatial scales. Discover new practices and strategies to provide innovative mobility solutions.
- Vision and Strategy Building for Cities and Regions: Focus on the strategic and visionary elements of what might be called the ‘new’ planning enterprise.
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 a spatially-oriented discipline, such as spatial planning, human geography or environment studies.
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 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
- An 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
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 a 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.
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