PLANET Europe is a two-year (120 ECs) integrated European Masters programme on European spatial planning, environmental policies and regional development. It is a joint Masters Programme of Radboud University Nijmegen, Blekinge Institute of Technology and Cardiff University
that prepares graduates for a career in environmental and spatial planning in Europe.
The PLANET Europe programme is designed for students who would like to better understand the influences of the European Union and international developments on space, the environment and the economy and who would like to address large-scale spatial challenges such as climate change or transnational river management in their future careers. It allows students to specialise on either European spatial planning and sustainable development (Nijmegen-Cardiff track) or on European spatial planning and regional economic development (Nijmegen-Karlskrona track), and leads to an internationally-recognised double degree (MSc) from leading European planning schools.
With the support of the Erasmus Mundus programme of the European Union, PLANET Europe is able to offer scholarships to talented students from within and outside the EU from September 2012 onwards. These scholarships cover travel, participation and subsistence costs for excellent applicants.
It is our objective that graduates of the joint integrated Masters programme ‘PLANET Europe’ will:
• have acquired substantive knowledge and a sound theoretical understanding about the European dimension of spatial planning and the role of EU policy and legislation for spatial planning, environmental policy and regional economic development in European countries and regions;
• have developed a sound understanding of spatial planning for Europe (i.e. at transnational level) as well as differences of spatial planning in Europe (i.e. about spatial planning in the EU member states and the differences in its organization and understanding);
• have acquired substantive and theoretical knowledge about European spatial planning and EU environmental policy and sustainable development, or about European spatial planning and regional economic development, innovation and cohesion, depending on the specialization they have followed;
• have developed sound methodological skills, in particular for undertaking international comparative research, and independently conducted research on a topic in the field of European spatial planning, EU environmental policy and/or regional economic development;
• have experienced planning practice in Europe and critically reflected on the theory-practice interface; and
• have developed cross-cultural awareness and cross-cultural communication skills that are important for spatial planners in Europe.
Interactive teaching and learning
The PLANET Europe Masters programme challenges and stimulates students, who work in small groups on contemporary themes and learn to think critically about new developments. The various modules (courses) are assessed through a variety of essays, seminars, project work and practical exercises. Students receive personal supervision and a thorough training in methodology to learn how to conduct meaningful research.
The programme is delivered entirely in English.
The structure of the course is as follows:
Semester one (all students in Radboud University Nijmegen)
- Institutional perspectives on societal change and spatial dynamics
- Comparative planning
- European spatial planning and territorial cooperation
- International environmental politics
- The EU and domestic impact: economy, space and environment
Semester two (Cardiff route)
- Researching sustainability
- Planning for sustainability
- Environmental Management (option)
- Environmental behaviours: citizens, consumers and communities (option)
- Local Food and Sustainable Development (option)
Semester two (Blekinge route)
- Research and survey methods
- European social models
- Innovative regions
- Regional disparities
- European cohesion policy
- Professional development (an internship)
- Intensive seminar
- Dissertation (jointly supervised by either Nijmegen-Cardiff or Nijmegen-Blekinge)
- International study and learning from different countries is built into the structure of the course.
- Significant scope to specialise on particular environmental or economic aspects of policy or spatial planning.
- It is hoped that the course will be accredited as a ‘specialist masters’ by the Royal Town Planning Institute (meaning that it completes the educational component of RTPI membership for those applicants who already have an RTPI-recognised undergraduate degree).
A first or second class Bachelors degree in disciplines such as planning, human or economic geography, environmental planning, or other relevant social science. Relevant job and life experience, or extra-curricular activities (e.g. board memberships; voluntary work) can also be considered in the selection process.