Bachelor in Urban Design (SDP)

Course typeBachelor
Course sectorUrban Design
Course duration2 years
Starting dateSeptember 2016
DegreeBa of Built Environment
Tuition fee (EU/EEA students) € 2,006
Tuition fee (NON-EU students)(specification) € 7,800

Society is changing rapidly and this impacts the way in which we live together as a community. A growing number of people live in cities all around the world. The ageing and migrating population, climate change and technical and digital innovations are just a few examples of social issues that demand novel solutions. On our English-taught programme, you learn how to manage, shape, plan and design our changing cities and its environment.

You receive training across multiple disciplines so as to become a new kind of specialist: an urban professional who knows their trade and who understands the importance of working together to resolve current issues satisfactorily. Therefore, you will become adept in gaining support for your policies and designs from local residents, politicians, businesses and authorities. Urban Studies aims to put sustainable development of cities or regions in a broader perspective by bringing together students from several different programmes: Public Management, Urban Planning and Urban Design. This multidisciplinary approach helps you to devise new ideas and solutions to tomorrow’s urban challenges and teaches you to take account of social, political, economic and sustainability issues in your work.

Urban Design
As an urban designer, you develop creative concepts for the environment we live in. You have an eye for its beauty and quality and can link places to social trends and current affairs. Subjects include urban design and architecture. Moreover, you will come to understand how people use a city and will learn to apply urban planning (research) models in order to design a vibrant urban society.

At the School of Governance, Law and Urban Development, we teach subjects with knowledge, skills in trainings and projects where students have to apply their knowledge, skills and in which the professional attitude can be practiced. Key feature of the curriculum is the CityLab, where students from different disciplines learn to work in teams along with professionals on real-life projects. Students are trained to be multidisciplinary ‘urban professionals’, who know how to connect people, design, business, government, and policy. They can analyse existing situations but also look to the future. Drawing on their in-depth knowledge and skills, they can respond flexibly to a rapidly changing society. Working closely with fellow students from different backgrounds, they learn how to think creatively and come up with new ideas and solutions to tomorrow’s urban challenges, which by their nature cover economic, social, spatial and sustainability issues.

The short degree programme in Urban Design exists of two years:

Year 1: Overview of the programme
  Semester 1 Semester 2
2016 - 2017 Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4
Subject – 3 EC Introduction to Urban Development in Europe, including The Netherlands Sustainable cities Regional Design: Form and Function Regional Design: Systems and flows
Subject – 3 EC Urban Design and Architecture in NL Introduction to Urban Design Urban Research Urban Process
Skills Training – 3 EC Problem Analyses Professional Skills Training - 2 Effective communication II
Skills Training – 3 EC Professional Skills Training - 1 - Research II
Project - 3 EC Future-proof Cities Liveability in Deventer -
Project 15 – EC (in total) - CityLab assignment Citylab Citylab

See for more information about the course content the downloadable pdf.

Year 2: Overview of the programme
Semester 1 Semester 2
Lectures, workshops, conferences on one of the themes:
  • Sustainable Area Development
  • Integrated Water Management
  • Transition and redevelopment
Graduation assignment with portfolio assessment
Professional Development Professional Development
Assignments for competence development

See for more information about the course content the downloadable pdf.

Key features of the total programme:

  • International students and Dutch students learn to work together and to pool their experience
  • Working with business professionals on real-life projects in the CityLab and in the professional sector
  • Develop a critical professional approach towards urban development in Europe in order to contribute to sustainable area development, and particularly toon of the themes: Water Management in Urban Areas or Transition and Redevelopment
  • Living technology: learning to make maximum use of ICT in research and communication
  • High-quality supervision by instructors
  • Getting to know the Dutch and their national and professional culture

This programme is aimed at:

  • All students from around the world who have studied Urban Design or a related field and who wish to obtain a Dutch bachelor degree in Urban Design.
  • You have to meet the general entry requirements.
  • Students from certain partner universities are in 2016/17 still eligible to a special 1 year programme in Urban Design.


Your future: You receive training across multiple disciplines so as to become an urban professional who knows his trade and who is able to design a vibrant and sustainable society. A professional who knows that working together is essential to make a difference to tomorrow's cities.

Job opportunities: As an urban designer, you can work for towns and cities, urban planning agencies, architecture firms, and engineering and other consultancies. You can also set up your own design agency. The Netherlands is famous for its designers, who help design and plan spaces, cities, and landscapes across the globe.

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