Graduate School of Social Sciences

Master's Urban and Regional Planning

Urban and Regional Planning (MSc)


New conditions of the network society and relational geography have  rapidly influenced urban and regional development. The Master’s programme in Urban and Regional Planning offers you 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 programme, you will focus on innovative forms of planning aimed at solving problems of collective action in metropolitan areas.

The Urban and Regional Planning programme offers you a thorough understanding of advanced theories and methodologies of urban and regional planning, with a focus on urban and 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.

You will also gain knowledge of relevant research methods to undertake planning research and will apply acquired theories, knowledge and research skills in a Master’s thesis. In summary, the programme trains you to analyse (by reflecting on research and by doing research) and act (by critically assessing existing interventions and by drafting new interventions).

The University of Amsterdam’s MSc in Urban and Regional Planning sets itself apart as being firmly embedded in the social sciences. Furthermore, it is closely connected to the research programme, which is leading in the field of planning. Finally, the MSc programme is rooted in the globally renowned Dutch planning practice.

Student profile

In order to complete the Master’s programme, you must demonstrate that you can work independently as well as collaborate in a team. Furthermore, you need to be critical and defend your own point of view, both in academic debates as well as in written work. Carrying out geographical research within a given timeframe is essential.

Competencies

You will be well informed about planning paradigms and international planning practices and will also advance your knowledge of advanced research methods for analysing empirical data. Understanding the social and spatial interrelationships and applying disciplinary knowledge to societal issues in space are relevant competencies in dealing with  contemporary social and spatial issues in metropolitan regions.

Focus on research

The Urban and Regional Planning programme offers students a thorough understanding of advanced theories and methodologies of urban and regional planning, with a focus on urban and metropolitan areas. Core elements are drafting spatial interventions  (spatial plans, policies and projects), understanding actor constellations, knowing the institutional conditions of spatial interventions and the international comparison of spatial planning traditions and metropolitan governance. Students also gain knowledge of relevant research methods to undertake planning research and will apply acquired theories, knowledge and research skills in a master thesis. In summary the programme trains to analyse (by reflecting on research and by doing research) and act (by critically assessing existing interventions and by drafting new interventions).

Ambition in research?

For students interested in this field of study, we also offer a two-year Research Master’s programme in Urban Studies.

Degree certificate 

Upon successful completion of Urban and Regional Planning, students receive a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Urban and Regional Planning  (Planologie).

Key facts


Degree programme
MSc Urban and Regional Planning
Type
Regular study programme
Mode
Full-time
Credits
60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction
English
Starts in
September
CROHO code
66622

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Graduate School of Social Sciences