Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning programme offers candidates a thorough understanding of advanced theories and methodologies of urban and regional planning, with a focus on urban and metropolitan areas. The Master’s programme in Urban and Regional Planning offers a broad training in urban and regional planning, with a focus on strategic planning, climate proof cities, mobility in transformative spaces as well as urban planning and property-led development.

During the master programme, candidates will focus on innovative forms of planning for solving problems of collective action in metropolitan areas. Core elements are drafting spatial plans, policies and projects (spatial interventions), understanding actor constellations, knowing the institutional conditions of spatial interventions and the international comparison of spatial planning traditions and metropolitan governance.

M.Sc Urban and Regional Planning Programme Outline

The Master’s programme in Urban and Regional Planning consists of the following elements:

Urban and Regional Planning

– Planning methodologies
– Innovative international planning practices
– Urban transformation and strategic planning
– Metropolitan transport planning
– Urban planning and real estate
– Planning research: empirical research methods and techniques
– Master’s thesis project Urban and Regional Planning


In the various Master’s courses, many topics are related to the lecturers’ research. Examples include

– Comparative analysis of European metropolitan areas such as Copenhagen, Strasbourg and Vienna;
– Institutional requirements for multiple land use;
– Commercial gentrification
– Strategic planning in the northern wing of the Randstad;
– Transition paths to sustainable urban mobility,
– Support for transport and land use strategy-making.


Students complete the Master’s programme Urban and Regional Planning with a Master’s thesis in which they apply their knowledge of relevant planning theories and empirical research methods. The topics should be related to the planning courses and topics offered by the programme.

Academic Requirements

Additional subject: Applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of planning studies of (the equivalent of) at least 30 ECTS earned during earlier studies.

Knowledge minimum: Applicants should have a solid basis in both qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methodology reflected by the completion of (the equivalent of) at least 20 ECTS during the previous study. Experience with the following research methods skills is required:

– Construct a solid research design
– Understand advantages and disadvantages of different research methods and a mixed methods approach
– Develop and carry out a (simple) survey
– Interpret the results of a survey with a statistical package
– Be able to do statistical analysis, preferably with SPSS or a similar software programme
– Conduct an interview

– Analyse the results of an interview Promising candidates with slightly less than 20 ECTS of social sciences research methodology may be admitted provided that they complete an intensive research methodology module (in the four weeks before the Master’s programme) offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences. Please note that this is up to the admissions committee to decide.

Language test: All non­native speakers of English (Dutch students exempted) applying to one of the English taught programmes offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, are required to show skill in the English language. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English.

Applicants who are nationals of or who have obtained their Bachelor’s degree in countries other than the Netherlands, the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland or New Zealand are required to send an English test score that meets specific requirements. Inability to do so will disqualify you from enrollment.

Previous education: The Master’s programme in Urban and Regional Planning seeks students with an academic Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) related to planning studies (planologie), or related to the field of social sciences such as sociology, cultural anthropology and sociology, political sciences, economics, law, public administration, and beta gamma and/or future planet studies (provided it includes the major planning).

Written request: All applicants are required to submit a statement of motivation.

Grade list: All applicants are required to submit official transcripts of each higher education institute attended, listing all courses and examinations already completed and currently enrolled in, and grades and credits obtained.

Additional language requirements:

– Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: C1
– Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C1
– IELTS overall band: 7
– IELTS listening: 6.5
– IELTS reading: 6.5
– IELTS writing: 6.5
– IELTS speaking: 6.5
– TOEFL paper based: 600
– TOEFL internet based: 95

Interested candidates can visit the Masters Portal website for lists of Universities offering the Urban and Regional Planning, M.Sc. programme