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voltijd master Society, Sustainability and Planning - Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Society, Sustainability and Planning

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
The master programme in Society, Sustainability and Planning centres around understanding the human factor in spatial interventions.

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee

Society, Sustainability and Planning promotes a novel understanding of how to transform the built environment in collaboration with its users. Our courses pay attention to the social, cultural, political, and economic environment in which decision-making on spatial interventions takes place.

The emergence of self-organizing citizen collectives is a critical change in today's societal strive for sustainable places and futures. SSP emphasizes the role of citizens in shaping places. We interrogate why different stakeholders and social groups embrace, contest, or reject spatial changes, and how we can design their surroundings in such a way that it meets their diverse needs. We present spatial justice is a leading principle to design cities of the future. Moreover, we pay explicit attention to the ways in which spatial planning can contribute to achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals, such as healthy ageing, a clean environment, and eliminating poverty, in collaboration with citizens and civil society actors.

Our programme highlights the social aspects of the global transition towards a more sustainable society. Sustainability challenges are interconnected with the communities that face them. As such, our students learn to adopt new methodological and interactive approaches to problem-solving in different contexts. This exchange does not only take place outside of the classroom, but also within our small-scale, international department.

You learn to analyze, develop and negotiate innovative institutional designs and policy solutions to support and lead complex transformations in light of international sustainability and planning debates. Core of our focus on the human factor in society, sustainability and planning is using real-life cases and working with and engaging people in real-world living labs.

Through this framework, our graduates are able to utilize spatial planning in solving urgent social problems, such as inequality and climate change. Our alumni are critical and engaged consultants and researchers, who are in high demand on the labour market. They are employed by NGOs, consultancies, governments, and businesses.

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

Master Open Day
Interested in learning more? The next Master Open Day is on Thursday 21 March. Sign up for the presentation via the Master's Week webpage (sign up opens on 1 March).

Waarom aan de RUG?

  • Unique focus on designing socially sustainable spatial solutions
  • Numerous 'hands-on' assignments, field-visits and contacts with practitioners
  • An emerging societally relevant field within Spatial Planning research and practice


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opbouwMore information can be found at
Interaction, Society and Space
5 EC
Planning Theory
5 EC
City Matters
5 EC
Engaging Society in Spatial Transformation
5 EC
Optional courses
10 EC
Master's Thesis Society, Sustainability and Planning
20 EC
Revitalising Neighbourhoods
5 EC
Living Lab Sustainable Places (ID)
5 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
group assignment, individual assignment, literature study, research, research project, oral presentation, practicum, self study, tutorial
study guidance
For any questions about your study planning, choice of study and personal circumstances that influence your study, you can contact the study advisors of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. For more information, see

Toelating en kosten


1 februari 2024

aanmelding deadline : 15 januari 2024
wettelijk tarief : € 2530 (€1265 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 19900
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 20800

1 september 2024

aanmelding deadline : 15 augustus 2024
wettelijk tarief : € 2530 (€1265 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 19900
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 20800


Access with research university, bachelor degree: Human Geography and 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 admissible you can follow a pre-master programme. See more information in the pre-master guide:

aanvullende vakeisen
In order to asses you previous education the Admissions Board requires course descriptions.

English on VWO level or one of the following equivalents:

  • IELTS overall band 6.5, no less than 6.0 on each section
  • TOEFL internet based:

Overall: 90
Reading: 18
Listening: 18
Speaking: 20
Writing: 21

  • Cambridge English: Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (formerly known as CAE/CPE)
  • European Baccalaureate, English level L1 or L2
  • Please note that TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure

A prospective student can always apply for an exemption from the English language test. The student needs to explain, and if required show proof of, why an exemption would be justified. It is up to the Admission Board to decide whether an exemption will be granted or not.

De stad


Ibn Battuta
Ibn Battuta is the Faculty Association of Spatial Sciences
Becoming a member of Ibn Battuta means you can join the social drinks, foreign trips, lectures and all other activities organized by the Association. At these events you come into contact with students from all years, which is a great way to make friends that can last a lifetime! Ibn Battuta also organizes informative and career-focused activities. Our informative activities, such as lectures, In-Housedays and the Career Day will help you to orient on your future.


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1/3 RUG
Society, Sustainability and Planning
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
3 eerstejaars
66% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/3 RUG
DDM Urban Planning, Society and Sustainability
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
3/3 RUG
DDM Sustainable Urban and Regional Development
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Graduates of Society, Sustainability and 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. Society, Sustainability and 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

Throughout the year we offer support for practical career preparation and employability skills. Workshops are given about leadership, job interviews and how to present yourself. More information about the FSS Career Services.

See where our alumni end up in this graphic!


Saskia Enuma, Reinier Schoep, Nienke Harteveld

Study Advisors Faculty of Spatial Sciences

Meer informatie?
Bezoek de website van deze opleiding.

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