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Spatial Planning and Design

If you have a special interest in the living environment, and you aspire to combine analytical thinking with creative design, then 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? Planners are asked to translate these kind of spatial transformations into new opportunities to enhance quality of life.

The Bachelor's degree programme in Spatial Planning and Design (in Dutch: Technische planologie) revolves around physical and institutional design. The course units are related to spatial planning and design, water management, infrastructure and environmental planning, spatial computer programs, complex decision-making and academic research.

You will work in virtual realities, but also go on excursions to see spatial projects in real life. 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 in-depth programme at the Honours College, which has a wider range of topics.

Facts & Figures
Degree
BSc in Spatial Planning and Design
Course type
Bachelor
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
56194
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Spatial Sciences
Studie in Cijfers
Why study this programme in 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.

Programme
Periods
Courses1234
Power of Design (SD1) (5 EC)
Urbanism and Planning (SP1) (10 EC)
Economic Geography (10 EC)
Statistics 1 (5 EC)
Geographic Information Systems (10 EC)
Introduction to Academic Research (5 EC)
Spatial Design Atelier (SD3) (10 EC)
Spatial Design Standards and Conditions (SD2) (5 EC)
Periods
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Mobility and Infrastructure Planning (10 EC)
Physical Geography (5 EC)
Urbanism Atelier (SD4) (5 EC)
Water and Planning (10 EC)
Governance Dynamics (SP2) (10 EC)
Statistics 2 (5 EC)
Landscapes (5 EC)
Methods for Academic Research (SPD) (5 EC)
Related elective: Global Course or Comparative Urbanism (5 EC)
Periods
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Minor or Optional Modules (30 EC)
Environment and Engineering (5 EC)
Philosophy of Social Sciences (5 EC)
Bachelor's Project (15 EC)
Environment and Planning (5 EC)

Curriculum

For more information about the courses in this programme, please visit: https://www.rug.nl/frw/education/bachelor/courses-bachelor-spatial-planning-and-design. In Dutch the programme is called Technische Planologie. You can also contact our Student Ambassadors for more information: https://www.rug.nl/frw/education/student-ambassadors/student-ambassadors-fss

Programme options
University of Groningen Honours College (specialization)

The Honours College gives talented, motivated students the opportunity to challenge themselves even more.

The Honours College offers an extra programme (Bachelor 45 ECTS - Master 15 ECTS) that is followed in addition to the regular Bachelor's or Master's degree programme. You can participate without paying extra tuition fees. The main aim of the Honours programme is to develop talent and initiative!

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • For an average of 15 weeks
  • Maximum of 30 EC

Every year dozens students of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences go on exchange with a foreign university to take electives and/or write their thesis. The faculty has exchange arrangements with universities in Europe, New-Zealand and the USA.

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • Cultuur & Maatschappij

    wiskunde A of wiskunde B

  • Economie & Maatschappij
  • Natuur & Gezondheid
  • Natuur & Techniek
  • HBO propedeuse

    You only have access with a HBO-propedeuse when you have mathematics A and English on a VWO level. Please contact the study advisor (study.advice.fss rug.nl).

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Students without English on a VWO level have to take a language test:

  • IELTS International English Language Testing System (Academic version) 6.0, with a minimum score of 6.0 on each section
  • TOEFL: minimum overall score 80 (reading: 18, listening: 18, speaking: 20, writing: 21)
  • Cambridge English C1 Advanced / C2 Proficiency (formerly known as: CAE / CPE): minimum score of 169
  • University Language Center Test with a minimum score of B2 on each section. More information: https://www.rug.nl/language-centre/testing-unit/english-lcet/

See the international tab if you have an international degree.

math test

You should have at least Mathematics A. If not you will be asked to proof the level of mathematics, for instance by taking a math test.

See the international tab if you have an international degree.

previous education

Students with a Dutch VWO diploma should have a VWO diploma with at least mathematics A (Wiskunde A) and English. Students without a VWO diploma should have a HBO propedeuse with mathematics A and English on a VWO level. Students with an international diploma, see the international diploma tab above.

other admission requirements

Should you be interested in taking the Colloquium Doctum (21+) entrance test, please contact the Study Advisor (study.advice.fss rug.nl).

Choice of degree programme check

Students who apply before 1 May can ask the faculty for a matching assignment, but this is not obligatory. Students with a Dutch diploma who apply after May 1st are obliged to do a matching assignment in order to get admitted to the programme. students with an international diploma after May 1st can not be processed.

Registration procedure

Dutch students Let op: selecteer bij registratie in studielink 'Bachelor Technische planologie'

Choice of degree programme check

Students who apply before 1 May can ask the faculty for a matching assignment, but this is not obligatory. Applications after May 1st of students with an international diploma can not be processed.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test
  • IELTS International English Language Testing System (Academic version) 6.0, with a minimum score of 6.0 on each section
  • TOEFL: minimum overall score 80 (reading: 18, listening: 18, speaking: 20, writing: 21)
  • Cambridge English C1 Advanced / C2 Proficiency (formerly known as: CAE / CPE): minimum score of 169
  • University Language Center Test with a minimum score of B2 on each section. More information: https://www.rug.nl/language-centre/testing-unit/english-lcet/
math test

Mathematics should have been passed as standard/methods level subject (VWO level A) in your secondary school education. If not you will be asked to proof the level of mathematics, for instance by taking a math test.

previous education

Students with an international diploma should have an international degree equivalent to a Dutch pre-university (VWO) degree. See: https://www.rug.nl/education/bachelor/international-students/admission-and-application/application-admission-procedure/entry-requirements/vwo-equivalent-qualifications

Contact the Admissions Office when you have questions (https://www.rug.nl/education/contact/information-services/contact-form-admissions-office)

other admission requirements

Should you be interested in taking the Colloquium Doctum (21+) entrance test, please contact the Study Advisor (study.advice.fss rug.nl).

Registration procedure

Students with an international diploma have to apply both in Studielink and the university's Online Application System (OAS) before 1 May. After you apply for the programme of your choice in Studielink you will receive your login details for OAS. You will need to submit a complete application file in OAS (please see the Admissions website for the required documents) and the Admissions Office will then evaluate your educational background and assess your eligibility for admission.

You can find all relevant information regarding the application and admissions procedures here: https://www.rug.nl/education/bachelor/international-students/admission-and-application/

Please contact the Admissions Office if you have any admissions-related questions: https://www.rug.nl/education/contact/information-services/contact-form-admissions-office

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 8900full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 9500full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

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.

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 at the University of Groningen we offer support for your career preparation.

More information about the FSS Career Services.

Job examples

  • 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

Research

Research

Spatial Planning and Design is based on research. Not only are you educated to become a researcher, lecturers also use their own research and others to keep the education as recent and relevant as possible. The education you receive is therefore partly based on the research being done at the faculty right now!

The research at the faculty consists of several themes that are summarized in the research programme: tWIST - towards Well-being, Innovation and Spatial Transformation. You will see these themes in your education.

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Contact

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(Binding) study advice
  • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months (binding)

You will be offered study advice after first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system. N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

Study support

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.

You will be able to use our Career Services during your programme. For more information: https://www.rug.nl/frw/education/career-services/

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