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The award
BSc

How long you will study
36 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 8300

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About Spatial Planning and Design at University of Groningen

Do you have a special interest in the living environment around you? Are you interested in combining analytical thinking with creative design?

Then it is highly likely that Spatial Planning and Design is thefield for you. 

What effect will climate change have on our future cities andrural areas? How can you develop sustainable strategies and designsfor new and existing urban systems? How do you deal with a complexbuilt environment and related planning processes? Planners areasked to translate spatial transformation such as urban growth anddecline into new opportunities to enhance quality of life. TheBachelor's degree programme in Spatial Planning and Design revolvesaround physical and institutional design. The course units youfollow are related to spatial planning and design, watermanagement, infrastructure and environmental planning, spatialcomputer programs, complex decision-making and academic research.You also go on excursions to see spatial projects in practice.There will be an opportunity to develop your personal interests viaelective course units. You complete your Bachelor's degree with aresearch project. Excellent students can take part in a moresophisticated programme at the Honours College, which is morein-depth and has a wider range of topics. 

Do you have a strong interest in your living environment? Are you interested in combining analytical thinking and creative design? Then Spatial Planning and Design is the right programme for you!

What effect will climate change have on our future cities andrural areas? How can you develop sustainable strategies and designsfor new and existing urban systems? How do you deal with a complexbuilt environment and related planning processes? Planner are askedto translate spatial transformation such as urban growth anddecline into new opportunities to enhance quality of life. TheBachelor's degree programme in Spatial Planning and Design (Dutch:Technische Planologie) revolves around physical and institutionaldesign. The programme consist of four learning tracks; 'SpatialDesign'. 'Spatial Planning', 'Water, infrastructure andEnvironment' and 'Research'. The course units you follow arerelated to spatial planning and design, water management,infrastructure and environmental planning, spatial computerprograms, complex decision-making and academic research. You alsogo on excursions to see spatial projects in practice. There will bean opportunity to develop your personal interests via electivecourse units. You complete your Bachelor's degree with a researchproject. Excellent students can take part in a more sophisticatedprogramme at the Honours College, which is more in-depth and has awider range of topics.

After your studies

Job prospects

The degree programme's interdisciplinary curriculum offersstudents the opportunity to work in different fields in practice orresearch. The Netherlands is an international leader on planningtopics such as water management and sustainable mobility, and anestablished expert thanks to its long-standing planninghistory.

The degree programme offers knowledge that is both locallyembedded and globally relevant. Graduates of this degree programmeare highly qualified for both the national and the internationallabour market. During the programme we offer support for yourcareer preparation. The Career Services are provided by the CareersCompany and the UG Career Services.

More information about the Careers Company: http://www.rug.nl/(...)careers-company-frw/More information about the UG Career Services: http://www.rug.nl/next/

Job opportunities

  • Policy advisor or policymaker in the public sector: in spatialplanning, environmental planning, mobility and transportation,water management, or design
  • Consultant for large or small consultancy agencies: GIS,spatial planning or engineering companies
  • Project developer for real estate companies
  • Postgraduate researcher or teacher at spatial academic planninginstitutes

The degree programme's interdisciplinary curriculum offersstudents the opportunity to work in different fields in practice orresearch. The Netherlands is an international leader on planningtopics such as water management and sustainable mobility, and anestablished expert thanks to its long-standing planninghistory.

The degree programme offers knowledge that is both locallyembedded and globally relevant. Graduates of this degree programmeare highly qualified for both the national and the internationallabour market. During the programme we offer support for yourcareer preparation. The Career Services are provided by the CareersCompany and the RUG Career Services.

More information about the Careers Company: http://www.rug.nl/(...)careers-company-frw/

More information about the RUG Career Services: http://www.rug.nl/next/

Job opportunities

  • Policy advisor or policymaker in the public sector: in spatialplanning, environmental planning, mobility and transportation,water management, or design
  • Consultant for large or small consultancy agencies: GIS,spatial planning or engineering companies
  • Project developer for real estate companies
  • Postgraduate researcher or teacher at spatial academic planninginstitutes
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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 awardBScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study36 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 8300

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • CM

    wiskunde A of wiskunde B

  • EM
  • NG
  • NT
  • HBO-p

    You only have access with a HBO-propedeuse (with HAVO) when youhave mathematics A and English on a VWO level. Please contact thestudy advisor (study.advice.frw@rug.nl).

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Only for students with an international degree and studentswithout a Dutch VWO diploma:

  • Exemptions: Native English speakers or diploma holders fromUnited States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UnitedKingdom, Ireland.
math test

For students with a Dutch degree: you should have at leastmathematics A (Wiskunde A). For students with an internationaldegree: Mathematics should have been passed as standard/methodslevel subject (VWO level A) in your secondary school education. Seemore information here: http://www.rug.nl/(...)alent-qualifications

previous education

Students with a Dutch VWO diploma should have a VWO diploma withat least mathematics A (Wiskunde A) and English. Students without aVWO diploma should have a HBO diploma with mathematics A andEnglish on a VWO level. Students with an international diplomashould have an international degree equivalent to a Dutchpre-university (vwo) degree. Mathematics should have been passed asstandard/methods level subject (VWO level A) in your secondaryschool education. See more information here: http://www.rug.nl/(...)alent-qualificationsContact the Admissions Office when you have questions (admission@rug.nl).

other admission requirements

When you want to take a Colloquium Doctum (a 21+ test), please contact the Study Advisor (study.advice.frw@rug.nl).

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Only for students with an international degree and studentswithout a Dutch VWO diploma:

  • Exemptions: Native English speakers or diploma holders fromUnited States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UnitedKingdom, Ireland.
math test

For students with a Dutch degree: you should have at leastmathematics A (Wiskunde A). For students with an internationaldegree: Mathematics should have been passed as standard/methodslevel subject (VWO level A) in your secondary school education. Seemore information here: http://www.rug.nl/(...)alent-qualifications

previous education

Students with a Dutch VWO diploma should have a VWO diploma withat least mathematics A (Wiskunde A) and English. Students without aVWO diploma should have a HBO diploma with mathematics A andEnglish on a VWO level. Students with an international diplomashould have an international degree equivalent to a Dutchpre-university (vwo) degree. Mathematics should have been passed asstandard/methods level subject (VWO level A) in your secondaryschool education. See more information here: http://www.rug.nl/(...)alent-qualifications.Contact the Admissions Office when you have questions (admission@rug.nl).

other admission requirements

When you want to take a Colloquium Doctum (a 21+ test), please contact the Study Advisor (study.advice.frw@rug.nl).

Registration procedure

Matching is a procedure for first year Dutch students who wantto apply for a bachelor. This is a statutory requirement. When youhave applied, you have the right to participate in a matchingactivity. During a matching activity you can find out if you and the study applied for 'match'. For more information about matchingat the Faculty of Spatial Sciences see: http://www.rug.nl/(...)e-education/matching.

Choice of degree programme check

The degree programme will organize a matching procedure. Attendance is compulsory. The advice is not binding.

  • There is an online questionnaire.

Explanatory notes

Students with a Dutch diploma are obligated to fill out thequestion form which is part of the matching procedure. When theadvice gives reason to, the student is asked to do a homeassignment. When asked, this is obligatory. International studentsare selected by the admission board of the programme.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6

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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