MSc in Spatial Planning


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Program Description

  • This programme is designed for students with a background in Spatially oriented disciplines, and research methodology
  • Gain the skills and knowledge to understand spatial design challenges, and manage spatial transformations
  • Choose a specialisation and explore a number of prescient areas within spatial planning, dealing with environment, mobility or development
  • Prepare yourself for a career as a policymaker, urban planner, researcher, consultant or more

Why study Spatial Planning at Radboud University?

Radboud University's Master's programme in Spatial Planning department has an excellent reputation for research while maintaining a small size, which means you will work closely with fellow students, and have plenty of one-on-one contact with supervisors.

Radboud also has a great network, which gives you excellent opportunities to pursue valuable internships in the Netherlands or abroad.

What will you learn?

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 an individual property to European policymaking. The program sub-title ‘managing smart cities and regions’ reflects the challenges of the 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.

This specialisation offers a different understanding of planning and forms of practices. You will be encouraged to develop new ways of creating socially, environmentally and economically just places. You will also be encouraged to take a multidisciplinary approach to your programme.

Together with lecturers and practitioners, you will develop smart and sustainable solutions for actual and future planning problems.

Students will leave this programme with better insights into:

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

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme will find themselves prepared for careers as:

  • Policymakers
  • Urban planners
  • Planning consultants
  • Researchers
  • Project managers


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.

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 a spatially-oriented discipline, such as spatial planning, human geography or environment studies.

2. 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.

Language Requirements

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 (All 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


Programmes starting in September

  • Non-EEA students: 1 April
  • EEA students: 1 May

Quality label

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

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

At Radboud University in the Netherlands, you can obtain a high-quality and internationally accredited Master’s degree. Leading academics and excellent professors offer you what you need a a top-200 r ... Read More

At Radboud University in the Netherlands, you can obtain a high-quality and internationally accredited Master’s degree. Leading academics and excellent professors offer you what you need a a top-200 research university. We offer 11 English-taught Bachelor's programmes and 35 English-taught Master’s programmes with many specialisations which will give you the necessary skills and insights into research and practice within your own subject area. You will benefit from our personal teaching style, our top research institutes, and a green and friendly student city. Read less