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Goals and career prospects

At the end of the degree programme, students are capable of these competences and learning outcomes:

  • Theory: autonomously explaining, critically assessing and adequately applying available theories and concepts, current developments and scientific debates to complex planning issues.
  • Application:
    a. describing and analysing the relationship between institutions and their effect on spatial use at the local/regional level, while taking account of societal, economic, technological, legal and financial aspects (at various levels of actors);
    b. to evaluate the relationship between spatial development and policy, taking account of transnational developments, differences between countries;
    c. the capacity to develop and implement creative and innovative strategies.
  • Research: autonomously designing and performing a scientifically valid and societally relevant planning study, supporting the methodological and theoretical choices made, and translating the results into recommendations for policy on a planning issue.
  • Reflection: critically reflecting on the limitations and normative assumptions involved in planning research conducted by the student or others.
  • Communication: in a scientifically credible fashion, communicating and reporting on analyses and research, and adequately accounting for this analysis and research, in writing and orally, in both academia and in a professional environment.

Career Prospects
Our Spatial Planning graduates are highly valued by their employers for their analytical skills, critical perspective and sound academic understanding of the relationships between human activities, the spatial environment, and interventions for improving the living environment. Spatial planners from Nijmegen work as policy makers, consultants or project managers for government agencies and public bodies, consulting firms, project developers, housing corporations or research institutes. Also, more and more of our alumni work in international projects.

Radboud Career Service
Radboud Career Service helps students with finding internships, gives career advice and can offer tips and guidance when applying for jobs.