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Master's specialisationPlanning, Land and Real Estate Development

This specialisation provides a land and real estate development perspective on urban development. The programme aims to prepare students for a future role as city developer, either in the public or in the private sector.

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Something for you?

  • You will develop smart and sustainable solutions for cities, focusing on land and real estate development.
  • You are interested in developing a different understanding of planning and forms of practices.
  • You are trained to think outside given boxes, by combining well-established core courses with electives.
  • Small, almost 'family-like' department that covers a broad range of topics with a strong track record in related research.
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.

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What will you learn

The specialisation will prepare students for a future role as city developers, providing them with advanced knowledge both on (smart) governance, finance and business models for sustainable, low-carbon land and real estate development, on the dynamics of land and real estate markets, investment behavior by private and public developers, public private partnerships, land management strategies and value capturing mechanisms and smart land and real estate investment strategies.

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Future career opportunities

Former students specializing in this field typically find jobs in the public sector (municipalities, provinces, ministry) and the private sector (real estate consultancies, housing corporations, development industry).

You will develop a deep understanding of land and real estate development, which makes you well suited for a job position such as:
•    Policy maker and project manager at municipalities, provinces, national government
•    Real estate consultant
•    Development manager housing corporation
•    Developer development company

Career prospects


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

  • What is the interrelationship between policies and planning interventions on the one hand and land and real estate market dynamics on the other?
  • How can Land Value Capture mechanisms support building climate-adaptive cities?
  • Why do real estate developers adopt land-banking strategies and how do these strategies impact on the performance of housing markets?
  • How can we improve the performance of land and real estate markets, to provide better, more sustainable outcomes?

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.