Spatial Planning and Design

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

If you have a special interest in the living environment, and you aspire to combine analytical thinking with creative design, then Spatial Planning and Design is the field for you.


diplomaBSc Technische Planologie
typeregulier, 180 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur3 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee

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? Planners are asked to translate these kind of spatial transformations into new opportunities to enhance quality of life.

The Bachelor's degree programme in Spatial Planning and Design revolves around physical and institutional design. The course units are related to spatial planning and design, water management, infrastructure and environmental planning, spatial computer programs, complex decision-making and academic research.

You will work in virtual realities, but also go on excursions to see spatial projects in real life. 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 in-depth programme at the Honours College, which has a wider range of topics.

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.
You can also contact our Student Ambassadors for more information:
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 to Academic Research
5 EC
Spatial 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 Dynamics (Spatial Planning 2)
10 EC
Statistics 2
5 EC
Methods for Academic Research (SPD)
5 EC
Comparative Urbanism (Spatial Planning 3) or Global Course (restricted electives)
5 EC
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
Environment and Planning
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 kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 8450
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 8900

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2020
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 International English Language Testing System (Academic version) 6.0 (TOEFL: iBT 80), with minimum scores:
  • Listening 5.5 (TOEFL: 15)
  • Reading 6.0 (TOEFL: 18)
  • Writing 6.0 (TOEFL: 20)
  • Speaking 6.0 (TOEFL: 20)
  • 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
29331 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

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! 

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 ...


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Feiten en / studie in cijfers


bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete 2017
algemeen oordeel4.04.0
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 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Spatial Planning and Design aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 87 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.0 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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Saskia Enuma

Study advisor

T: 0503633906
Student Ambassadors
Nienke Harteveld

Study advisor

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