Bachelor in Urban & Regional Planning (SDP)

Course typeBachelor
Course sectorLife Science
Course duration2 years
Starting dateSeptember 2016
DegreeBa of Built Environment
Tuition fee (EU/EEA students) € 2,060
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 Administration, 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 Regional Planning
As a planner, you are the ‘designer and director’ of the environment we live in. Your aim is to make people’s surroundings more pleasant and more beautiful. Your position in the field can be compared with that of a giraffe – you have an unrivalled overview but your feet are planted firmly on the ground as you operate at the heart of society. Subjects include area development, land-use policy, local government finances, infrastructure and mobility, administrative and environmental law and sustainability. Furthermore, you will become skilled at bridging gaps between people and/or stakeholder groups.

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 and Regional Planning 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 Transport & Mobility Interactive Planning
Subject – 3 EC Urban Design and Architecture in NL Introduction to Urban Design Planning all over the world Sustainable Development
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 and Regional Planning or a related field and who wish to obtain a Dutch bachelor degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
  • Students from partner universities are in 2016/17 still eligible to a special 1 year programme in Urban and Regional Planning

You can find the general entry requirements here.

The course in Urban and Regional Planning equips the graduates for a number of specific positions:

  • At national, regional or local authorities
  • At consultancy firms
  • At non-governemental organisations
  • At special interest groups or as independent entrepreneur/consultant


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