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Urban and Regional Planning
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Study programme

Our curriculum addresses the complexity of urban challenges. It will teach you the techniques of planning policymaking, scientific planning research and reflective practice. It will allow you to develop your own specialized profile of a planning researcher and practitioner.

Detailed course information

The complete description of all courses in this programme can be found in the online UvA Course Catalogue

Topics and courses

The specific courses of the Master programme in Urban and Regional Planning will allow you to:

  • Understand contemporary planning approaches from an historical perspective (Planning: a Theory of Praxis, 6 ECTS)
  • Identify pathways to address the socio-ecological effects of urbanization (Climate Proof Development of Cities and Strategic Planning, 6 ECTS)
  • Re-imagine and transform urban mobility systems (Rethinking Urban Transportation Planning, 6 ECTS)
  • Govern land and real-estate markets in urban development (Contemporary Approaches in Property-led Urban Planning, 6 ECTS)
  • Creatively engage in experimental urban policy design (Masterstudio Future Cities, 6 ECTS)
  • Actively combine a range of empirical research methods to study urban phenomena (Planning Research: Empirical research methods and techniques, 6 ECTS)
  • Build your own unique research profile as planner (Master thesis Urban and Regional Planning, 24 ECTS)

credits: Federico Savini


Students complete the Master's programme Urban and Regional Planning with a Master's thesis in which they combine the knowledge acquired through the programme with their own interests and research objects.Based on rigorous empirical research and concepts, the thesis writing will teach you how to answer socially relevant questions and to do so in an independent way.

We offer different research formats for theses, all supported by personalized advise from our scholars. Next to science driven research approaches you will have the option to perform an 'extra-curricular internship' during your thesis. You can join a field trip abroad to do international empirical research. You can also join our ‘planning in practice’ thesis path, which allows you to cooperate with our partners from practice in addressing concrete urban challenges.

For important information on internships please visit the below link:

Degree requirements

The MSc in Urban and Regional Planning is awarded upon completion of 60 ECTS credits, including all required courses in the curriculum and a written Master's thesis, which is based on an independent research project, carried out within the master thesis project.


The whole programme is taught in English, although Dutch students have the right to take their exams in Dutch since this programme is Dutch accredited.

credits: Federico Savini

Accreditation and academic title

Upon successful completion of Urban and Regional Planning, students receive a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Urban and Regional Planning (Planologie).

The quality of this Master’s degree has been accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) in conformity with the Higher Education and Scientific Research Act (WHW) under registration number 66622. This means that the MSc degree is legally recognized.

You can find more information on accreditation and degrees through the links below.

More information on accreditation and degree (for international students)

Meer informatie over accreditatie en titulatuur (for Dutch students)