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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Socio-spatial planning at University of Groningen

The emergence of self-organizing citizen collectives is a critical change in today's society.

Taking this realization as a starting-point, the MasterSocio-Spatial Planning helps you to understand the 'human factor'in spatial planning: why different groups of people embrace,contest or reject spatial changes, how they take the lead inshaping their own environment, how spatial interventions influencedifferent stakeholders and how to engage society effectively inspatial transformations.

This master program prepares you for working as a spatialplanner (within a governmental arena), a consultant or an advisor,an employee of a non-governmental organization or a researcher,able to intervene in planning processes in a critical, responsiveand communicative way, and with an understanding of how:

*Spatial planning issues, choices and interventions are sociallyconstructed and debated.
*The ways that the key actors (civil society, state, market) inplanning processes are interdependent and interrelated in planning,dealing with and making sense of spatial transformations.
*To develop and analyze innovative institutional designs and policysolutions for negotiating these actor perceptions andinterdependencies within complex spatial changes.

You will work with topics such as housing, mobility,citizenship, well-being and equality in both urban and ruralcontexts. You will learn to look critically at the role of variousstakeholders involved in spatial planning and discover how tointeract and build coalitions with them. You will also learn toanalyze spatial challenges, formulate interventions and strategiesand evaluate the consequences of these strategies for people and their environment.

 


The emergence of self-organizing citizen collectives is a critical change in today's society.

Taking this realization as a starting-point, the MasterSocio-Spatial Planning helps you to understand the 'human factor'in spatial planning: why different groups of people embrace,contest or reject spatial changes, how they take the lead inshaping their own environment, how spatial interventions influencedifferent stakeholders and how to engage society effectively inspatial transformations.

This master program prepares you for working as a spatialplanner (within a governmental arena), a consultant or an advisor,an employee of a non-governmental organization or a researcher,able to intervene in planning processes in a critical, responsiveand communicative way, and with an understanding of how:

*Spatial planning issues, choices and interventions are sociallyconstructed and debated.
*The ways that the key actors (civil society, state, market) inplanning processes are interdependent and interrelated in planning,dealing with and making sense of spatial transformations.
*To develop and analyze innovative institutional designs and policysolutions for negotiating these actor perceptions andinterdependencies within complex spatial changes.

You will work with topics such as housing, mobility,citizenship, well-being and equality in both urban and ruralcontexts. You will learn to look critically at the role of variousstakeholders involved in spatial planning and discover how tointeract and build coalitions with them. You will also learn toanalyze spatial challenges, formulate interventions and strategiesand evaluate the consequences of these strategies for people and their environment.

After your studies

Job prospects

Graduates of Socio-spatial Planning can start a career in:

  • Different levels of government
  • Consultancies, housing associations and developers (privatesector)
  • NGOs (environmental, social, heritage)
  • Universities and research institutes

During the programme we offer support for your careerpreparation. The Career Services are provided by the CareersCompany and the UG Career Services.

More information about the Careers Company:http://www.rug.nl/frw/career
More information about the UG Career Services:http://www.rug.nl/careerservices

See where our alumni end up in this graphic!

Graduates of Socio-spatial Planning can start a career in:

  • Different levels of government
  • Consultancies, housing associations and developers (privatesector)
  • NGOs (environmental, social, heritage)
  • Universities and research institutes

During the programme we offer support for your careerpreparation. The Career Services are provided by the CareersCompany and the UG Career Services.

More information about the Careers Company:http://www.rug.nl/frw/career
More information about the UG Career Services:http://www.rug.nl/careerservices

See where our alumni end up in this graphic!

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Human Geography and Urban and Regional PlanningAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Spatial Planning and DesignAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Ruimtelijke Ordening en PlanologieAll Universities of applied sciences

Deficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC

More information:

More information about the pre-master via the Study Advisor (study.advice.frw@rug.nl)

Architecture and Construction EngineeringAll Universities of applied sciences

Deficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC

More information:

More information about the pre-master via the Study Advisor (study.advice.frw@rug.nl)

Civil EngineeringAll Universities of applied sciences

Deficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC

More information:

More information about the pre-master via the Study Advisor (study.advice.frw@rug.nl)

Public AdministrationAll Universities of applied sciences

Deficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC

More information:

More information about the pre-master via the Study Advisor (study.advice.frw@rug.nl)

Traffic and Transport ManagementAll Universities of applied sciences

Deficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC

More information:

More information about the pre-master via the Study Advisor (study.advice.frw@rug.nl)

Liberal Arts and SciencesAll Research universities

No additional requirements

More information:

Direct access with Philosophy, Politics & Economics.Conditional access with Cognition & Behaviour. No access withother majors.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test
  • Comparable to IELTS International English Language TestingSystem (Academic version) 6.5, with minimum scores:
  • Listening 6.0
  • Reading 6.0
  • Writing 6.0
  • Speaking 6.0
  • Exemptions: Native English speakers or diploma holders fromUnited States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UnitedKingdom, Ireland.
previous education

Access with research university, bachelor degree: HumanGeography & Regional and Urban Planning, Spatial Planning andDesign, Urban studies, Land Use Planning and Management, LandscapeArchitecture, Public Administration and Cultural Geography. Youmight also have access with Urban/Rural Sociology (with a focus onplace-space theories and governance), Environmental Management(with a focus on governance/policy/public administration).Environmental Psychology (with a focus on governance/policy/publicadministration). This will be assessed individually.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test
  • English at VWO level
  • Comparable to IELTS International English Language TestingSystem (Academic version) 6.5, with minimum scores:
  • Listening 6.0
  • Reading 6.0
  • Writing 6.0
  • Speaking 6.0
  • Exemptions: Native English speakers or diploma holders fromUnited States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UnitedKingdom, Ireland.
previous education

Access with research university, bachelor degree: HumanGeography & Regional and Urban Planning, Spatial Planning andDesign, Urban studies, Land Use Planning and Management, LandscapeArchitecture, Public Administration and Cultural Geography. Youmight also have access with Urban/Rural Sociology (with a focus onplace-space theories and governance), Environmental Management(with a focus on governance/policy/public administration).Environmental Psychology (with a focus on governance/policy/publicadministration). This will be assessed individually.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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