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Master'sEuropean Spatial and Environmental Planning | Environment and Society Studies

This specialisation will teach you to become an environmental expert who can engage with EU policies, cooperate with policymakers across borders and coordinate with other sectors such as spatial planning and economic development.

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Something for you?

  • This Master's acknowledges the significant role the EU plays in our policies and practices, and it addresses global environmental policies as well. 
  • This programme looks beyond domestic environmental and spatial policies and across borders in order to learn from other countries.
  • This programme is unique because it connects environmental policies to spatial consequences and develops a multi-sector view on EU policies.
Why study this programme?

Admission requirements

Do you want to know if you can be admitted? Read more about the admission requirements of this programme.

Admission and application

What will you learn

Although the main focus of European Spatial and Environmental Planning lies on the European Union and its policies and influences, the programme also addresses international policies and legislation that influence environmental governance and spatial planning, notably in relation to climate change. We look at the different positions member states and influential global players have on contemporary themes and critically discus how solutions can be found that would benefit all. You’ll better understand the multi-level system of governance in the integrated European Union, how EU policies are made and the influence they have on domestic environmental policies, and how professionals can engage in European policy debates.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

This Master’s prepares you for a career as:

  • Policy maker in the field of sustainability and spatial planning on different levels in Europe
  • Environmental Practitioner or consultant in Environment and Planning
  • Academic analyst or researcher

Career prospects


To indicate the type of research in this specialisation, a few examples:

  • What is the influence of the European Union on spatial and environmental planning in the member states and regions?
  • To what extent can the European Union contribute to a just transition with regards to the energy supply and demand?
  • What are the consequences of environmental EU directives for domestic nature conservation and agriculture?

Questions about this programme?

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this Master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.