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About the course

Spatial planners are fascinated by on-going and future changes in cities and regions and take on the role as managers of spatial transformations - think of: regenerating shopping districts or old industrial sites; designating water retention areas; shaping urban mobility concepts for the future. Related challenges vary in scale, from individual property to European policy making. Within the Master's Spatial Planning, you have a choice between four Master's specialisations.

Cities, Water and Climate Change

Gain all necessary knowledge and skills for working on the nexus between urban planning, water and environmental management.

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Entry Requirements

Admission to this Master’s programme requires an academic Bachelor’s degree in a spatially-oriented discipline. If you do not meet these admission requirements, it may be possible to take the one-year pre-Master’s programme and enrol in the programme a year later.


Fees

The legal tuition for the 2022-2023 academic year is €2.209,- and is applicable to EU/EEA, Swiss or Surinamese students who have not yet obtained a Master’s degree in the Netherlands. Our tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students is 16,000 euros.

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Student Profile(s)

Jorn van Soest

Prior to this master specialisation, I was following the bachelor's programme Geography, Planning and Environment. This master's includes a strong focus on spatial planning issues, and the specialisation provides the opportunity to gain more knowledge on specific types of spatial planning issues that you, as a student, are interested in.

Due to the fact that this master's provides a really in-depth, elaborated overview of spatial planning issues, the class is full of students who are really interested in these types of issues. During the first weeks at this master's, it surprised me to see that during coffee breaks of lectures, many students and teachers got together to further discuss issues which were discussed during the lecture.

The most challenging part of this master's is that it is really intensive compared to the bachelor's. Especially during the final part of a course period, it really takes a lot of effort and time to complete courses sufficiently. The final weeks of a period are full of deadlines and exams, which makes it really important for students to start preparing for those in time.

At this moment, I am following an internship at TNO. I have chosen for the dual mode of this specialisation to gain a bit more work experience. The dual traject contains two internships. The first internship is meant to just gain some work experience, where the second internship is meant to write your thesis at. I would highly recommend future students who do not have any idea of what to do after their study to make use of the dual mode option. Not only provides this mode the opportunity to gain some work experience, it also makes you able to make a comparison of two different organisations with which you can develop an idea on where you want to work after your study period.

Especially at this moment, spatial planners are extremely important. Contemporary issues like the energy transition and the new environmental law in the Netherlands ask for a lot of new insights from a spatial planning perspective. Issues as the rising sea level and droughts are causing problems around the whole world. A degree in this specialisation can therefore be really valuable since people are needed to take care of such problems.

Jory Verhagen

There are a couple of things about the Master’s in Spatial Planning that appeal to me. An important one is the clear link that is made in the courses with the policy practice. An example of a course of which the use is especially clear to me, is Verdieping Recht en Instituties in Ruimtelijke Planning (Advanced Law and Institutions in Spatial Planning). This is a course in my specialisation in which the link between spatial planning and the legislation and regulation that comes with it is clearly made.

The ambiance in the Master’s is comparable to the ambiance in the Bachelor’s Geography, Spatial Planning and Environment. In my experience, the relatively short duration of the plenary part of the Master’s made me make less contact than I would have in a longer study programme. Group work with other students takes place during the group assignments that are part of the courses. Professors are easily approachable: during the breaks and after the lectures you can ask them for help. In addition, the email contact with most professors is easily made.

I have done a graduation internship at the province Noord-Holland at a department that is concerned with housing policy. The subjects that the department is engaged with are comparable to the ones that I encountered in my specialisation. As for your thesis, you have a broad range of options. I chose to write my thesis about the effect of plancapacity and housing programming on the number of new homes build. In my thesis I make use of statistical analysis and quantitative data, but a thesis with a more qualitative approach is certainly possible as well.

The layout of the available space in the Netherlands will certainly continue to play a big part. Vacancy, population aging and population growth and decline produce new challenges for which solutions will have to be found in the coming decades. In this regard, it is important that there are professionals who can form a bridge between various parties, such as architects, engineers, construction firms, and citizens. My plan, as soon as I have finished my Master’s, is to get started in public administration or at a consultancy firm that is concerned with spatial planning or housing. I also want to acquire some more technical knowledge, which is why I will take up some Geo-Information Science.

Eva Rispens

The strength of this specialisation also entails the reason I appreciate it: we are expected to dive deep into literature and theoretical concepts, and yet all of these concepts can be translated into practice and are already being incorporated into everything around us. Specialising into mobility and accessibility has given a completely new view on how we use both infrastructure and land in this small and crowded country.

The hardest part of any master would always be the Master’s thesis. With this in mind, this Master’s compels you to start thinking about it from week two. This is both a blessing and a sin. It allows you to start as early as possible with preparing and coming up with a plan, but it is also something you have to think about very carefully: it must be a topic you find more than just ‘interesting’, it must be something you can poor yourself into, without getting bored or regretting the next 500 hours you will be spending on it.

I had no idea what I wanted to do after my graduation. With this said, I have chosen to combine my Master’s thesis with an internship at the municipality of Apeldoorn. They helped me finding data and I used their connections to find the right respondents, but more importantly: I got a view into the world of spatial planners at a municipality. Together with my colleagues, I got to work on small projects in the field of accessibility and city logistics. Doing this internship gave a lot of insight in how an institution with such diverse people and goals can work together and I might indeed see myself doing this job someday.

This specialisation helps you understand how intertwined travelling is with everything we do in our life, and how it both helps and hurts our opportunities. It made me realise that we can no longer keep traveling the way we do, but finding alternatives is increasingly hard due to its intertwined properties. Solutions for traffic jams, pollution, loneliness, travel inequality and so on, cannot be found only within my own field of spatial planning. It is our job to find the overlap of issues and to understand the connections between them, before we can find solutions that will solve the problem, without creating a new one.

Scholarships

The Radboud Scholarship Programme is a very selective scholarship programme. It offers talented, highly motivated, non-EEA students with outstanding study results the opportunity to be awarded a scholarship for a complete English-taught Radboud University Master’s degree programme.

Scope of the programme
Each year, a number of partial scholarships are awarded within the Radboud Scholarship Programme for the duration of one of the English taught Master's degree programmes (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes and joint-degree Master's programmes).

A Radboud Scholarship will reduce your tuition fee to € 2,209,- For example: a grant holder in 2022/2023 will pay a tuition fee of only €2,209,- instead of €16,000.

For 2022/2023, a maximum of 37 Radboud Scholarships are available: Faculty of Arts (2), Faculty of Law (14), Faculty of Medical Sciences (7), Nijmegen School of Management (3), Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies (1), Faculty of Science (8), Faculty of Social Sciences (2).

Value of Scholarship(s)

Partial scholarships (legal instead of institutional tuition fees)

Eligibility

- Hold a non-EU/EEA passport
- Have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands, have no degrees achieved in the Netherlands and did not receive any previous education in the Netherlands (exchange programmes excluded, provided that they are part of the bachelor degree achieved outside the Netherlands)
- Meet the English language proficiency requirement for the Master's programme of your choice
- Are enrolled at Radboud University as a full-time student for the academic year and Master's degree programme for which the scholarship will be awarded

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application for admission for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a Radboud Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload three additional documents: two reference letters and a curriculum vitae. If you already uploaded these documents for the Master’s programme application, you can upload the same documents again for your scholarship application.

You must have completed your application in the online OSIRIS Application system on 28 February 2022 23:59 CEST at the latest.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered for the Radboud Scholarship selection. An incomplete application means that some information and/or documents are missing or illegible. Therefore, please be advised and submit your application in the online OSIRIS Application early February 2022 at the latest so that the Admissions Office has enough time to review your application and inform you in case that it is incomplete. We recommend you hand in your proof of English proficiency before the deadline of 28 February 2022 as well.


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Grant amounts for one year courses:
The grant will be paid in 11 monthly installments of € 1,300. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of € 900. The residence permit will be arranged and paid for by Radboud University (approximately € 174). Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme.

Grant amounts for two year courses:
The grant for the first year of study will be paid in 12 monthly installments of € 1,300. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of € 900. The cost of the residence permit (approximately € 174) will also be covered. Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme.

The grant for a two year Master's will be available for both years of study, on the condition that sufficient progress is made and sufficient results have been achieved in the first year. If awarded for the second year, the second grant period will not exceed 11 monthly installments of € 1,300.

Value of Scholarship(s)

~€25000 per year

Eligibility

To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must have American nationality, have excellent academic marks, engage in extracurricular activities and be admitted to Radboud University Nijmegen.

Please note that U.S. students currently residing in the Netherlands will not be considered for any awards to the Netherlands. In addition, U.S. students with both U.S. and Dutch or European Union citizenship will not be considered.

Application Procedure

Scholarship applications for 2022-2023 are open and close on Tuesday 12 October, 2021 at 5 pm Eastern Time.

Applicants are required to have applied separately to Radboud University by January 1st 2022 for admission to the Master’s programme of their choice via the online application procedure, independent of their Fulbright application.

At the time of application or later during the selection process for the Fulbright grant, scholarship candidates must be admitted to an English taught Master's program at Radboud University and provide a letter of admission. The Radboud University application process opens October 1, 2020.

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The Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme, organised by Nuffic Neso, gives excellent students coming from India, Indonesia, Korea, Russia, South Africa, and Vietnam, the opportunity to study at Radboud University. Radboud University has a maximum of 21 scholarships available for the academic year 2022/2023.

The scholarship consists of a reduction of the institutional tuition fee for non-EEA students (to €2,209,- in 2022/2023). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance for your stay in the Netherlands (Aon Student Insurance) are covered. The Orange Tulip Scholarship is not a full scholarship and does not include living costs. You can find an indication of what international students should count on spending for one year of living and studying in the Netherlands, on our website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

- Are admitted to an English-taught Master’s degree programme at Radboud University, starting 1 September 2022 (and at the time of your scholarship application you need to have at least applied for this Master's programme at Radboud University)
- Have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands, have no degrees achieved in the Netherlands and did not receive any previous education in the Netherlands
-Must be a citizen of one of the Neso countries (India, Indonesia, Korea, Russia, South Africa, Vietnam) and should not currently be studying or working in the Netherlands

Application Procedure

The application deadline to apply for all Orange Tulip Scholarship Programmes through your Nuffic NESO office is 28 February 2022, 23:59 CEST. You must also have completed your application for the Master's programme at Radboud University via the online OSIRIS Application system before 28 February 2022, 23:59 CEST.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered for Orange Tulip Scholarship. An incomplete application means that some information and/or documents are missing or illegible. Therefore, please be advised to submit your Master's programme application early February 2022 at the latest so that our Admissions Office has enough time to review your Master's application and inform you in case it is incomplete. We recommend you to hand in your proof of English proficiency before the deadline of 28 February 2022 as well.


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The Holland Scholarship is co-financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. The scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Ares (EEA) who wish to pursue a master’s degree in Holland.

The Holland Scholarship (HS) gives excellent students the opportunity to study at Radboud University and is open to students with the following nationalities: Albanian, American (USA only), Brazilian, Canadian, Chinese, Colombian, Iranian, Mexican, Taiwanese, Turkish, and Ukrainian. All Radboud University’s English-taught Master’s programmes are eligible for the Holland Scholarship (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes and joint-degree Master's programmes).

The scholarship amounts to €5,000. You will receive this in the first year of your studies and it will be granted once only, even if you are enrolled in a two year programme.

The Holland Scholarship is not a full scholarship. You can find an indication of what international students should count on spending for one year of living and studying in the Netherlands, on our website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5000 euros

Eligibility

- Are holder of a non-EU/EEA passport and have one of the eligible nationalities
- Are due to pay the tuition fee for non-EEA students and are not eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans
- Don’t have a degree from a Dutch education institution nor study in the Netherlands already, except for current students (2020-2021) in a Pre-Master's programme at Radboud University, and except for exchange programmes, provided that they are part of the bachelor degree achieved outside the Netherlands
- Meet the English language proficiency requirement for the Master's programme of your choice

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application for admission for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a Holland Scholarship. The selection for the scholarship and admission to the Master's degree programme are two separate processes: admission to the programme does not imply selection for the Holland Scholarship.

You must have completed your application in the online OSIRIS Application system on 31 January 2022 23:59 CEST at the latest.


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A Joint Scholarship Program for Indonesian citizens wishing to do a master programme that can be linked to the following themes:

Water Management and Technology;
Entrepreneurship, Sustainable and Circular Economy focused on Fisheries and Marine.
Fisheries and Marine Sciences and Technology
Students wishing to undertake a Master's programme in the Netherlands related to one of these priority areas can apply for the scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

maximum EUR 20,000

Eligibility

Eligible Master's programmes and specialisations at Radboud University include:

- Adaptive Organisms
- Water & Environment
- Science, Management & Innovation
- Spatial Planning- Cities, Water and Climate Change

Application Procedure

For more information on the StuNed Programme and how to apply, please visit the Nuffic Neso Indonesia StuNed website.

The deadline for application is 25 May 2021.


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Radboud University wants to contribute to a healthy and free world with equal opportunities for all. We find it important to realise a diverse and inclusive campus for all our students and staff. In order to give all talented students the opportunity to become part of our academic community, including students from non-EU/EEA countries who might be financially struggling to pay the institutional Radboud University tuition fee, we offer a number of full scholarships.

The Radboud Encouragement Scholarship is available for applicants from non-EU/EEA countries, applying for one of our English-taught Master’s degree programmes (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes and joint-degree Master's programmes). The scholarship covers the full tuition fee and living costs of €11,100 (as set by the IND, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service, for 2021-2022) for the duration of the Master’s programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

€11,100 per year.

Eligibility

- Hold a non-EU/EEA passport
- Are not eligible for the lower EEA tuition fee for other reasons
- Do not have sufficient funds or access to grants or loans to finance your studies at Radboud University
-Have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands, have no degrees achieved in the Netherlands and did not receive any previous education in the Netherlands (exchange programmes excluded, provided that they are part of the bachelor degree achieved outside the Netherlands)
-Meet the English language proficiency requirement for the Master's programme of your choice

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application for admission for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a Radboud Encouragement Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload two reference letters and a curriculum vitae (you may upload the same reference letters and CV if you have already uploaded those for your Master’s programme application) and the scholarship motivation letter.

Deadline
You must have completed your application in the online OSIRIS Application system on 28 February 2022 23:59 CEST at the latest.


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