Is This Program For You?
The master's program Spatial Planning (previously known as Planologie) trains you to solve conflicting interests on urban land. Many stakeholders have different ideas on how to use land – learn to balance them and find sustainable solutions. As a planner, you are also directly involved in preparing a public policy for sustainable cities. Apply appropriate methods and instruments that contribute to sustainable, smart, and inclusive spatial policy. Learn how to develop innovative concepts and manage complex governance processes for the sustainable use of spatial resources such as land and shape the urban environment of the future.
The program in Utrecht prepares you to approach issues such as facilitating sustainable urban (re)development, finding answers to changing socio-spatial demands (such as demographic or climate change), dealing with complexities of metropolitan areas and real estate development in difficult economic times, or governance of environmental changes in an uncertain climate. Therefore, you will be trained in
- analyzing spatial problems with dedicated scientific methods;
- applying innovative knowledge and theories to come up with appropriate solutions;
- evaluating and prioritizing alternative spatial development options;
- governance and management of cities.
The master Spatial Planning prepares you for a job as an independent and internationally recognized spatial planner in the sphere of policy-, project- and process management, or research. You will be able to work in the Netherlands or abroad from the local up to the European levels. With a broad perspective and a keen eye for various cultural and institutional contexts, planners are widely employed in a range of organizations. Some examples:
- municipalities, provinces or (trans-)national government
- research and consultancy firms
- international profit and non-profit institutions
- social and civil organizations
- PhD student at a university
If you want to find a job or internship in the Netherlands, knowing Dutch will get you places. Even if you work within an international organization, knowing at least some Dutch is always a benefit and in some cases even a requirement. In order to learn Dutch, free language websites such as duolingo.com or dutchgrammar.com can get you started or take a look at the Dutch courses offered by Babel. As a student from Utrecht University you receive a 25% discount on their course offerings.
If you want to stay in the Netherlands after your graduation, you can apply for the ‘residence permit orientation year’. This permit can be submitted within 3 years after completing your studies and allows you unlimited working rights (hence: a work permit –TWV- is not required). For an overview of the conditions that apply for this permit, please visit the IND website.