Spatial Planning and Design

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

Do you have a strong interest in your living environment? Are you interested in combining analytical thinking and creative design? Then Spatial Planning and Design is the right programme for you!

What effect will climate change have on our future cities and rural areas? How can you develop sustainable strategies and designs for new and existing urban systems? How do you deal with a complex built environment and related planning processes? Planner are asked to translate spatial transformation such as urban growth and decline into new opportunities to enhance quality of life. The Bachelor's degree programme in Spatial Planning and Design (Dutch: Technische Planologie) revolves around physical and institutional design. The programme consist of four learning tracks; 'Spatial Design'. 'Spatial Planning', 'Water, infrastructure and Environment' and 'Research'. The course units you follow are related to spatial planning and design, water management, infrastructure and environmental planning, spatial computer programs, complex decision-making and academic research. You also go on excursions to see spatial projects in practice. There will be an opportunity to develop your personal interests via elective course units. You complete your Bachelor's degree with a research project. Excellent students can take part in a more sophisticated programme at the Honours College, which is more in-depth and has a wider range of topics.



diplomaBSc Technische Planologie
typeregulier, 180 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur3 jaar voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma
Evelien Meinders (derdejaars Technische planologie)

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

The Bachelor's degree programme in Spatial Planning and Design is unique within the Netherlands. It covers a wide range of topics and gives students the opportunity to explore their own fields of interest within physical and institutional design. This degree programme gives you the opportunity to learn from internationally renowned and highly trained teachers.

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opbouwFor more information about the courses in this programme, please visit: In Dutch the programme is called Technische Planologie.
1e jaar
Urbanism and Planning (Spatial Planning 1)
10 EC
Power of Design (Spatial Design 1)
5 EC
Economic Geography
10 EC
Statistics 1
5 EC
Geographic Information Systems
10 EC
Introduction into Academic Research
5 EC
Design Standards and Conditions (Spatial Design 2)
5 EC
Spatial Design Atelier (Spatial Design 3)
10 EC
2e jaar
Mobility and Infrastructure Planning
10 EC
Physical Geography
5 EC
Urbanism Atelier (Spatial Design 4)
5 EC
Water and Planning
10 EC
Governance in Theory and Practice (Spatial Planning 2)
10 EC
Statistics 2
5 EC
Methods for Academic Research (SPD)
5 EC
Optional course of 5 EC
5 EC
Soil and Landscape of the Netherlands
5 EC
3e jaar
Minor or Optional Modules
30 EC
Environment and Engineering
5 EC
Philosophy of Social Science
5 EC
Bachelor's Project
15 EC
Planning and Environment
5 EC


specialisatie University of Groningen Honours College

The Honours College gives talented, motivated students the opportunity to challenge themselves even more.

The Honours College offers an extra programme (Bachelor 45 ECTS - Master 15 ECTS) that is followed in addition to the regular Bachelor's or Master's degree programme. You can participate without paying extra tuition fees. The main aim of the Honours programme is to develop talent and initiative!


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet50% zelfstudie
25% theorie
25% praktijk
literatuurstudie, mondelinge presentatie, computer opdrachten, onderzoek, onderzoeksproject, excursie, werkcollege, hoorcollege, ontwerpproject, werkgroep, groepsopdracht, individuele opdracht, practicum, zelfstudie
The Faculty of Spatial Sciences takes a small-scale approach and we help our students to learn how to work independently. You will be assigned to a mentor group together with other first-year students whom you will get to know very well. Your mentor is a senior student who can teach you all the ins and outs of our faculty. You will also be assigned a tutor with whom you can discuss your study progress.
You will be able to use our Career Services during your programme. For more information:

studeren in het buitenland
Every year dozens students of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences go on exchange with a foreign university to take electives and/or write their thesis. The faculty has exchange arrangements with universities in Europe, New-Zealand and the USA.
Find out more:

exchange programs
  • - Europa
    er zijn uitwisselingsovereenkomsten met 30 buitenlandse universiteiten
bindend studieadvies
  • minimaal 45 EC in de eerste 12 maanden

Aan het einde van je eerste studiejaar krijg je een bindend studieadvies. Je krijgt een positief studieadvies als je meer dan 45 ECTS hebt gehaald (op een totaal van 60 ECTS). Bij een negatief studieadvies (minder dan 45 ECTS) mag je helaas niet doorgaan met de opleiding en moet je wat anders gaan doen.
Om ervoor te zorgen dat je precies weet waar je staat, krijg je al in december een voorlopig studieadvies. Heb je vragen over het bindend studieadvies of over je studievoortgang, neem dan zo snel mogelijk contact op met je studieadviseur. NB: Sommige opleidingen maken gebruik van een tutorbegeleiding (check bij je eigen studieadviseur hoe het geregeld is).

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
instellingstarief : € 2060
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 8300
1 september 2019
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend
Matching is a procedure for first year Dutch students who want to apply for a bachelor. This is a statutory requirement. When you have applied, you have the right to participate in a matching activity. During a matching activity you can find out if you and the study applied for 'match'. For more information about matching at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences see:
toelaatbare profielen
VWO C&Maangevuld met wiskunde A of wiskunde B
VWO E&Mtoelaatbaar
VWO N&Gtoelaatbaar
VWO N&Ttoelaatbaar
hbo-pYou only have access with a HBO-propedeuse (with HAVO) when you have mathematics A and English on a VWO level. Please contact the study advisor (

Only for students with an international degree and students without a Dutch VWO diploma:

  • Comparable to IELTS 6.0 with minimum scores:

* Listening 5.5
* Reading 6.0
* Speaking 6.0
* Writing 6.0
  • See for corresponding certified test scores.
  • Exemptions: Native English speakers or diploma holders from United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland.

math test
For students with a Dutch degree: you should have at least mathematics A (Wiskunde A).
For students with an international degree: Mathematics should have been passed as standard/methods level subject (VWO level A) in your secondary school education. See more information here:

Students with a Dutch VWO diploma should have a VWO diploma with at least mathematics A (Wiskunde A) and English. Students without a VWO diploma should have a HBO diploma with mathematics A and English on a VWO level. Students with an international diploma should have an international degree equivalent to a Dutch pre-university (vwo) degree. Mathematics should have been passed as standard/methods level subject (VWO level A) in your secondary school education. See more information here:
Contact the Admissions Office when you have questions (

Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


237 studenten volgen deze opleiding
23% daarvan is vrouw
65 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
34% daarvan is vrouw
28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


Ibn Battuta
Faculteitsvereniging van de Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Arnout de Haan
Learning Communities: visit to the North/South subway line in Amsterdam

First year bachelor student Arnout de Haan about the first Learning Community activity.For our first Learning Community activity of the year we visited the North/South subway line in Amsterdam.

A former project manager showed a short film about the plans for the North/South line and how this new subway should be realized. The beginning of the presentation showed that many economic and technical setbacks were faced during this project. All these setbacks have led to the planned opening of the North South line in 2018 (10 years later than initially planned!)...
We all got a helmet, a pair of boots and a jacket on for safety. After this we were shown a part of the subway line which still was still under construction. After the tour we got the opportunity to ask some questions and we made a nice group photo. As first year students this was a fun way to learn something relevant to our study programme and got an first impression about where we might end up later in the work field.
Read more about the Learning Communities at Spatial Sciences.

lees verder ...
Marijke Rommelse
Involvement in study-related committees is a great opportunity

There are lots of opportunities for doing activities related to your degree programme.

In my first year, I was a member of the ‘first-year committee’ of Faculty association Ibn Battuta. I organized parties and excursions together with nine other first-year students and a member of the board. It’s a great way to meet new people, and I am still close to some of the committee members. I am now a member of the Student Advisory Council, where students get a chance to use their knowledge of urban planning...
I think getting involved in study-related committees and jobs is a great opportunity to learn more about all the things are going on around the degree programme.

lees verder ...
Foekje van Schoot
Working with real-life situations

What I like about Spatial Planning and Design is that you work with real-life situations.

In the course unit on Planning & Water we were asked to come up with solutions to reduce the risk of flooding after a heavy rain period in a Groningen district. We visited the area to analyse the situation. We also studied flood risk maps and combined this information with our findings to determine which streets were in need of water management. Many factors play a role in finding a solution to this kind of problem: infrastructure, stakeholders and residents. You have to take all of these into consideration...
Talking to people actually working on cases like these and hearing their feedback can really help to hone your skills. 
I applied for five degree programmes at various universities, but in the end I chose Spatial Planning and Design because it is unique in the Netherlands. Groningen is a great city. It is small, but it has everything you need. I love living here.

lees verder ...
Joep Nijenhuis
Spatial Planning and Design: The perfect combination of social aspects and engineering

In the last years of secondary school, I made a list of my favourite subjects and I did some research to see which Bachelor's degree programmes most closely matched these subjects.

This led me to the programme in Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning, but this was too focused on social aspects for my taste. The degree programme in Civil Engineering, on the other hand, involved too much engineering. When I stumbled on the Bachelor’s degree programme in Spatial Planning and Design I knew that this was the perfect combination I had been looking for...
I looked into similar programmes at other Dutch universities, but the SPaD curriculum appealed to me most. Groningen is a great city and I’m really happy with my choice of degree programme! 

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Feiten en / studie in cijfers

bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete 2015
algemeen oordeel44.0


De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Spatial Planning and Design aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 62 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The degree programme's interdisciplinary curriculum offers students the opportunity to work in different fields in practice or research. The Netherlands is an international leader on planning topics such as water management and sustainable mobility, and an established expert thanks to its long-standing planning history.
The degree programme offers knowledge that is both locally embedded and globally relevant. Graduates of this degree programme are highly qualified for both the national and the international labour market. During the programme we offer support for your career preparation. The Career Services are provided by the Careers Company and the RUG Career Services.

More information about the Careers Company:

More information about the RUG Career Services:

Job opportunities
  • Policy advisor or policymaker in the public sector: in spatial planning, environmental planning, mobility and transportation, water management, or design
  • Consultant for large or small consultancy agencies: GIS, spatial planning or engineering companies
  • Project developer for real estate companies
  • Postgraduate researcher or teacher at spatial academic planning institutes

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Drs. Nienke Harteveld

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