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This programme trains you to do research in the Spatial Sciences. economic and cultural geography, spatial planning and demography. Read more
This programme trains you to do research in the Spatial Sciences: economic and cultural geography, spatial planning and demography. The programme is aimed at people who want to become successful researchers in the field.

The two-year Research Master in Spatial Sciences (before September 1, 2016 called Regional Studies) is interdisciplinary. Spatial sciences, regional studies geography and spatial planning constitute an interrelated, inherently broad and multi-disciplinary field. A field not only rich in theoretical variety but also encompassing both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, from ethnographic to case study to statistical and econometric approaches. You will develop real competences in all of these areas, in order to choose your own area of research, and become a successful researcher in the Spatial Sciences field in general.

You will participate in research projects under supervision of experienced staff members, within the Faculty's Research Program tWIST: Towards Wellbeing, Innovation and Spatial Transformation. Regular personal coaching, guidance and monitoring will help you to identify your own preferred learning trajectory and develop your individual research agenda. You are required to gain some international experience, by doing research in a foreign context, and by participating in international workshops or conferences. You can also choose to study abroad.

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This Master's degree teaches you why people embrace or reject spatial changes. You will be trained as a technician who seeks optimal quality of life in association with the people involved. Read more
This Master's degree teaches you why people embrace or reject spatial changes. You will be trained as a technician who seeks optimal quality of life in association with the people involved.

During the Master's programme in Socio-Spatial Planning, you will study spatial issues. You will not only focus on planning urban areas, the environment and traffic, but also on the social aspects of change.

You will study the role of various parties involved in the environment, such as the government and civilians. You will learn to analyse spatial issues, formulate strategies and evaluate the consequences. You will also learn to make policy and supervise projects.

Apart from the compulsory subjects, you can choose some elective courses. You will finish your programme by writing a thesis.

Job perspectives

Socio-spatial planners often work for the government. They design environmental policy. Consultancies, housing associations and developers also hire planners. You may also pursue a scientific career at a university.

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