Socio-spatial Planning

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
The emergence of self-organizing citizen collectives is a critical change in today's society.

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee

Taking this realization as a starting-point, the Master Socio-Spatial Planning helps you to understand the 'human factor' in spatial planning: why different groups of people embrace, contest or reject spatial changes, how they take the lead in shaping their own environment, how spatial interventions influence different stakeholders and how to engage society effectively in spatial transformations.

This master program prepares you for working as a spatial planner (within a governmental arena), a consultant or an advisor, an employee of a non-governmental organization or a researcher, able to intervene in planning processes in a critical, responsive and communicative way, and with an understanding of how:

  • Spatial planning issues, choices and interventions are socially constructed and debated.
  • The ways that the key actors (civil society, state, market) in planning processes are interdependent and interrelated in planning, dealing with and making sense of spatial transformations.
  • To develop and analyze innovative institutional designs and policy solutions for negotiating these actor perceptions and interdependencies within complex spatial changes.

You will work with topics such as housing, mobility, citizenship, well-being and equality in both urban and rural contexts. You will learn to look critically at the role of various stakeholders involved in spatial planning and discover how to interact and build coalitions with them. You will also learn to analyze spatial challenges, formulate interventions and strategies and evaluate the consequences of these strategies for people and their environment.

If you are looking for a two year programme and are interested in doing research, you can also integrate the master in Socio-Spatial Planning with our two year top rated Research Master in Spatial Sciences.


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Interaction, Society and Space
5 EC
Planning Theory
5 EC
Optional courses (ID course or other)
10 EC
Engaging Society in Spatial Transformation
5 EC
Master's Thesis Socio-spatial Planning
20 EC
Revitalizing Neighbourhoods
5 EC
City Matters
5 EC
Living Lab Sustainable Places (ID)
5 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet50% zelfstudie
25% theorie
25% praktijk
literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, tutorial, group assignment, individual assignment, practicum, self study

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 15 augustus 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 14650
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14650

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 15 augustus 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend


Access with research university, bachelor degree: Human Geography & Regional and Urban Planning, Spatial Planning and Design, Urban studies, Land Use Planning and Management, Landscape Architecture, Public Administration and Cultural Geography. You might also have access with Urban/Rural Sociology (with a focus on place-space theories and governance), Environmental Management (with a focus on governance/policy/public administration). Environmental Psychology (with a focus on governance/policy/public administration). This will be assessed individually.

If you are not directly admissable you can follow a pre-master programme. See more information in the pre-master guide:

estimated monthly costs

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.

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Studenten en studentenleven


54 studenten volgen deze opleiding
39% daarvan is vrouw
3 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
67% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


Ibn Battuta
Faculty Association of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences from the University of 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

Wolbert van der Haar
werkzaam als project manager and consultant bij Arcadis Design & Consultancy
The Master provided me with the necessary insights to understand and actively contribute to changes within the dynamic built environment

The Master 'Socio-Spatial Planning' provided me with the necessary insights to understand and actively contribute to changes within the dynamic built environment, after obtaining a technical (bachelor) degree in construction engineering.

What I like about the program, next to the excellent quality education it provides, is the degree of flexibility to select courses that fit my interests. Through the broad mix of courses I could select in addition to the core courses, I gained strong analytical and research capabilities that prepared me for my current job...
I experienced a great deal of interaction among students, professors and alumni, which had beneficial effects on my professional development and perspective as an urban planner.Wolbert van der Haar is currently a consultant and project manager at Arcadis Design & Consultancy, Department of Real Estate and Urban Development.

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Hilko Oosterhuis
afgestudeerd in 2017 werkzaam als Trainee bij BMC
I experienced the courses as tailored to modern day planning

In the academic year of 2016-2017, I completed the MSc Socio-spatial Planning. I chose this specific Master for a variety of reasons, the most important being the strong connection to current planning practices and the theoretical insights it provided me. I wrote my Master's thesis about municipal border reconstruction, or municipal mergers in short. I enjoyed the freedom of choosing my own research topic, which helped me to stay motivated during the process.

I experienced the courses as tailored to modern day planning practice, whilst always keeping an eye out for the people in social and sociological processes. This still helps me today in my job as a planning professional in different municipalities.Hilko Oosterhuis is currently working in two municipalities on sustainability and development projects as a trainee at BMC, which is a consulting company for the local, regional and the national government.

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Alegna Malave
The master has been an eye opener into the many possibilities to consider as we create better living spaces

As an advocate for public transport in a car dependent island, my hometown, Puerto Rico, I came to Groningen looking for a degree that would offer a view into a change of planning paradigm.

The Master Socio-Spatial Planning has certainly offered me such an opportunity, starting with the complexity theory in the Planning Theory course and the validation of the sociological knowledge addressing the unequal power relations that generate social injustice through the planning practice in City Matters...
The many workshops and excursion to various infrastructure projects in and out of the Netherlands has also been an eye opener into the many possibilities to consider as we create better living spaces.

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Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Socio-spatial Planning aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 17 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.3 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Graduates of Socio-spatial Planning can start a career in:

  • Different levels of government
  • Consultancies, housing associations and developers (private sector)
  • NGOs (environmental, social, heritage)
  • Universities and research institutes

We support you in developing a rich set of analytical tools and practical skills that allow you to create innovative solutions for just and sustainable cities. Socio-spatial Planning makes you a critical (even a little activist) professional who knows how to engage citizens in the major spatial transformations of our times. We do so in various ways:

1. Strategic partnerships with organizations in planning practice: the City of Groningen, several municipalities in the north of the Netherlands, several housing associations, the PeerGroup.
2. Guest lectures, international field trips and workshops embedded in the courses
3. 3x per year 'A day in planning practice', with company visits
4. Excursions and 'Meet-alumni' events organised by our student organizations
5. 2x per year the Graduate Research Day. A networking event to meet future employers

During the programme we offer support for your career preparation. The Career Services are provided by the Careers Company and the UG Career Services.

More information about the Careers Company:
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See where our alumni end up in this graphic!

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Saskia Enuma

Study advisor

T: 0503633906
Drs. Nienke Harteveld

Study advisor

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