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BSc Spatial Planning and Design

University of Groningen
36 months
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
1 September 2017
Application deadline: 1 May 2017
2,006 EUR

Program description

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.

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

Tuition fees

Tuition fees 2017/2018:

€ 2.006 EU students
€ 8.200 non-EU students


BSc in Spatial Planning and Design

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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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University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5
9712 GL Groningen
The Netherlands

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