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Urban and Regional Planning

The Urban and Regional Planning minor focuses on people, their environment and spatial issues emerging from their interaction. Space is a finite resource and we need to use it carefully, particularly in the Netherlands. An urban or regional planner considers the future use of space and concentrates primarily on the built environment. Societal changes constantly require spatial modifications. Planners work to ensure that spatial changes are implemented as effectively as possible.

For whom?

Students interested in decision-making and policy on current issues such as:

  • accessibility in cities
  • designing effectively at a regional level
  • deciding for whom to build houses
  • improving deprived neighbourhoods
  • conserving nature

Entry requirements

  • Students must have completed their first bachelor year.
  • Not open to students from universities of applied sciences (HBO).


  • Students can register for the minor by completing the webform (see the study guide).
  • Students from other universities must first enrol as a minor student of the UvA on


Facts & Figures
Credits 30 or 36 ECTS, one year
Language of instruction English
Conditions for admission Preliminary training necessary
Starts in September