Secure by Design
Edu type:
Formal education
Bachelor (EQF 6)
Start date:
Study Load:
5040 hrs
3 years
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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.



After your study


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.


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Job opportunities

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


NVAO accreditation

This program is legally recognized and accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).