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? Planners are asked to translate spatial transformation such as urban growth and decline into new opportunities to enhance the 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 Spatial Planning and Design at the University of 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.
Study support at the University of Groningen
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.
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 in planning topics such as water management and sustainable mobility, and an established expert thanks to its long-standing planning history.
The degree programme offers knowledge that is both locally embedded and globally relevant. Graduates of this degree programme are highly qualified for both the national and the international labour market. During the programme, we offer support for your career preparation.
- 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
If you are a native English speaker or if you hold a Dutch VWO diploma, you are exempt from providing us with proof of your English language proficiency. If you need to provide proof, acceptable test scores are:
- TOEFL: 80 (min. 19 speaking/ min. 20 writing)
- IELTS: 6.0 (min. 6.0 speaking/ min. 5.5 writing)
- Cambridge Advanced English: grade A, B or C
If you have taken or plan to take an English language test that is not listed here, please contact us for more information.
You will need a secondary education with qualifications for entrance to an undergraduate programme at a university. This includes:
- UK - 3 A Levels
- Germany - Abitur
- International Baccalaureate Diploma - 24 points or higher.
If you want to know if your diploma is accepted, please contact us or look on our website.
Application deadlines (course starts September 1, 2019)
- EU/EEA students: May 1, 2019
- Non-EU/EEA students: May 1, 2019
- EU/EEA students: € 2083
- non-EU/EEA students: € 8900
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