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BSc Spatial Planning and Design

University of Groningen
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
01 September 2021
Application deadline: 01 May 2021

Program description

BSc Spatial Planning and Design

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 the field for you.

What effect will climate change have on our future cities and rural areas? How can you develop sustainable strategies and designs for new and existing urban systems? How do you deal with a complex built environment and related planning processes? Planner are asked to translate spatial transformation such as urban growth and decline into new opportunities to enhance quality of life. The Bachelor's degree programme in Spatial Planning and Design revolves around physical and institutional design.

The course units you follow are related to spatial planning and design, water management, infrastructure and environmental planning, spatial computer 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 via elective course units. You complete your Bachelor's degree with a research project. Excellent students can take part in a more sophisticated programme at the Honours College, which is more in-depth and has a wider range of topics.

Why Groningen?

The Bachelor's degree programme in Spatial Planning and Design is unique within the Netherlands. It covers a wide range of topics and gives students the opportunity to explore their own fields of interest within physical and institutional design. This degree programme gives you the opportunity to learn from internationally renowned and highly trained teachers.

The Faculty of Spatial Sciences takes a small-scale approach and we help our students to learn how to work independently. You will be assigned to a mentor group together with other first-year students whom you will get to know very well. Your mentor is a senior student who can teach you all the ins and outs of our faculty. You will also be assigned a tutor with whom you can discuss your study progress.

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Admission requirements

  • Language test: Comparable to IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL iBT80. Exemptions: Native English speakers or diploma holders from United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland.
  • Math test: Mathematics should have been passed as standard/methods level subject (VWO level A) in your secondary school education.
  • Previous education: Students with a Dutch VWO diploma should have a VWO diploma with at least mathematics A (Wiskunde A). Students with an international diploma should have an international degree equivalent to a Dutch pre-university (vwo) degree.
  • Other admission requirements: When you want to take a Colloquium Doctum (a 21+ test), please contact the Study Advisor

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Program content

Year 1:

  • Regional Strategies (Spatial Design 1) (5 EC)
  • Urbanism and Planning (Spatial Planning 1) (10 EC)
  • Economic Geography (10 EC)
  • Statistics 1 (5 EC)
  • Geographic Information Systems (10 EC)
  • Introduction into Scientific Research (5 EC)
  • Design Standards (Spatial Design 2) (5 EC)
  • Spatial Design Atelier (Spatial Design 3) (10 EC)

Year 2:

  • Mobility and Infrastructure Planning (10 EC)
  • Physical Geography of the World (5 EC)
  • Methods of Scientific Research (SPD) (5 EC)
  • Optional Module of 5 EC (5 EC)
  • Urbanism Atelier (Spatial Design 4) (5 EC)
  • Governance in Theory and Practice (10 EC)
  • Statistics 2 (5 EC)
  • Soil and Landscape of the Netherlands (5 EC)
  • Water and Planning (10 EC)

Year 3:

  • Minor or Optional Modules (30 EC)
  • Environment and Engineering (5 EC)
  • Philosophy of Social Sciences (5 EC)
  • Bachelor's Project (15 EC)
  • Planning and Environment (5 EC)

Tuition fees

  • Full-time EU/EEA Students: € 2,168 per year
  • Full-time Non-EU/EEA Students: € 10,000 per year


BSc in Spatial Planning and Design

Career opportunities

Job prospects

The degree programme's interdisciplinary curriculum offers students the opportunity to work in different fields in practice or research. The Netherlands is an international leader on planning topics such as water management and sustainable mobility, and an established expert thanks to its long-standing planning history.

Job opportunities:

  • Policy advisor or policymaker in the public sector: in spatial planning, 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 planning institutes

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University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1614 the university ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world. We are a research intensive institution offering a wide range of highly regarded bachelor,...

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We're a Top 100 University

Study at one of the world’s leading universities. Learn from the best and take advantage of exciting research opportunities. Live in a vibrant city where over a quarter of the population are students. Whatever you’re seeking from your university experience, you’ll find it in Groningen. With over 45 world-class Bachelor’s programmes and 160 highly-ranked Master’s programmes, we have a field of study for you.

Our groundbreaking research

As a student, you will be actively involved in research at one of Europe’s top research institutions from the get-go. The University of Groningen carries out ground-breaking and socially-relevant research that builds bridges between disciplines and closes the gap between science and society.

400 years of reputation

The University of Groningen is the second oldest university in the Netherlands and has built a reputation for excellence. Many talented people have passed through the university during its rich 400-year history, including Nobel Prize winners like Ben Feringa (Chemistry, 2016) and Frits Zernike (Physics, 1953). Some have been pioneers in their respective fields, such as the first female University student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank.

Vibrant Student Life

While its history can be traced back to 300 BC, today Groningen is a vibrant student city with the youngest population in the Netherlands – one in four people here is a student! That means there’s always something to do, with various art and music festivals, theatres, cinemas and performance venues catering to all tastes, whether you prefer to watch or want to join in. In Groningen, you’ll see students everywhere: studying in the pretty Noorderplantsoen park, working various part-time jobs and partying the night away.

Global Community

The University of Groningen attracts a large international community! Our Erasmus Student Network (ESN) conveniently facilitates all international students in Groningen and organizes over 150 activities a year. The University of Groningen has strong international connections which means that you can easily spend part of your degree studying abroad. The University also offers several unique international Master’s degree programmes in cooperation with other large European universities.

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Broerstraat 5
9712 GL Groningen
The Netherlands

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