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 spatially-oriented disciplines, such as spatial planning, human geography, social and political sciences of the environment.
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 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 22
•A IELTS score of ≥6.5, with subscores not lower than 6.5
•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
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.
The master´s programme in Spatial Planning teaches you to become a spatial planner who can engage with EU policies, cooperate with planners across borders and coordinate with other sectors like environment and economic development. The specialisarion in European Spatial and Environmental Planning (ESEP) offers a solid theoretical foundation to analyse the EU policies for environment, renewable energy, climate change and regional development and to understand how they influence spatial planning policies and practices.
The master´s programme in Spatial Planning is taught at the Nijmegen School of Management. It has a course load of 60 EC* (one year). All the courses are 6 EC and the Master’s Thesis is 24 EC.
The master´s programme in Spatial Planning offerstwo English-taught specialisations:
- PLANET Europe: For more information about PLANET Europe please visit our website.
- European Spatial and Environmental Planning: In this specialisation you will study issues relating to the environment and spatial planning that cross national borders, comparing how different EU member states structure their planning and environmental policies and how they are influenced by European legislation and policies.
The ESEP Master´s specialisation consists of five substantive core modules and one core module on research methodology, as follows:
Institutional Perspectives on societal change and spatial dynamics
European spatial planning and the EU territorial cooperation agenda
International environmental politics
The EU and domestic impact: economy, space and environment
Preparation Master´s thesis
Master´s thesis - For their Master´s thesis, students will be supervised by staff with research expertise in a relevant area and have the possibility to link their own research to ongoing activities in the Faculty´s research programme.
There is great demand for spatial and environmental planners with a thorough knowledge of the European and international policy context. Our graduates work in European institutions, national and regional public authorities, consultancies and NGOs dealing with spatial planning, regional policy and environmental policy. They work in positions as researchers, consultants, project managers and policy advisors. Because of the international orientation and the thorough academic foundation of the Master´s programme, graduates are also well prepared to pursue a PhD degree in the Netherlands or another European country.
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