European Spatial Planning and Environmental Policy (MSc)
2 years (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
PLANET Europe is a two-year (120 ECs) integrated European Masters programme on European spatial planning, environmental policies and regional development.
- International study and learning from different countries is built into the structure of the course
- Significant scope to specialise on particular environmental or economic aspects of policy or spatial planning
- This MSc is recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a 'specialist' masters, allowing those who have completed a three year RTPI recognised undergraduate spatial planning degree to complete the RTPI's educational requirements for membership
It is a joint Masters Programme of Radboud University Nijmegen, Blekinge Institute of Technology and Cardiff University that prepares graduates for a career in environmental and spatial planning in Europe.
The PLANET Europe programme is designed for students who would like to better understand the influences of the European Union and international developments on space, the environment and the economy and who would like to address large-scale spatial challenges such as climate change or transnational river management in their future careers.
It allows students to specialise on either European spatial planning and sustainable development (Nijmegen-Cardiff track) or on European spatial planning and regional economic development (Nijmegen-Blekinge track), and leads to an internationally-recognised double degree (MSc) from leading European planning schools.
It is our objective that graduates of the joint integrated Masters programme ‘PLANET Europe’ will:
- have acquired substantive knowledge and a sound theoretical understanding about the European dimension of spatial planning and the role of EU policy and legislation for spatial planning, environmental policy and regional economic development in European countries and regions
- have developed a sound understanding of spatial planning for Europe (i.e. at transnational level) as well as differences of spatial planning in Europe (i.e. about spatial planning in the EU member states and the differences in its organization and understanding)
- have acquired substantive and theoretical knowledge about European spatial planning and EU environmental policy and sustainable development, or about European spatial planning and regional economic development, innovation and cohesion, depending on the specialization they have followed
- have developed sound methodological skills, in particular for undertaking international comparative research, and independently conducted research on a topic in the field of European spatial planning, EU environmental policy and/or regional economic development
- have experienced planning practice in Europe and critically reflected on the theory-practice interface
- have developed cross-cultural awareness and cross-cultural communication skills that are important for spatial planners in Europe. Interactive teaching and learning The PLANET Europe Masters programme challenges and stimulates students, who work in small groups on contemporary themes and learn to think critically about new developments. The various modules (courses) are assessed through a variety of essays, seminars, project work and practical exercises. Students receive personal supervision and a thorough training in methodology to learn how to conduct meaningful research
The following list relates to the modules for the academic year 2015/16. Please note that these may be subject to change.
Autumn Semester (taught in Nijmegen)
All of the following modules are compulsory:
- Institutional Perspectives on societal change and spatial dynamics
- Comparative Planning
- European spatial planning and the EU territorial cooperation agenda
- International Environmental Politics
- The EU and domestic impact: economy, space and environment
Spring Semester (taught in Cardiff)
- Researching sustainability
- Planning for Sustainability
- Environmental Behaviours: Citizens, Consumers and Communities
- Environmental Management
- Sustainable Food Systems
Autumn (teaching shared by Nijmegen and Cardiff)
- Professional Development
Spring (teaching shared by Nijmegen and Cardiff)
Students will acquire a set of analytical and presentational skills that would be useful in an array of professional contexts, as well as skills in the design and execution of research. The capacity to work in cross-disciplinary, cross-national teams is also fostered by the course.
Graduates will be well prepared for the new challenges of undertaking spatial and environmental planning in the EU and an important asset for the European labour market and employers in the field. Graduates from this Masters programme are expected to work in EU institutions, national and regional public authorities, private companies and NGOs dealing with spatial planning, regional policy and environmental planning. Because of the international orientation and the thorough academic foundation of the Masters programme, graduates are also well prepared to pursue an academic career.
A first or second class Bachelors degree in disciplines such as planning, human or economic geography, environmental planning, or other relevant social science. Relevant job and life experience, or extra-curricular activities (e.g. board memberships; voluntary work) can also be considered in the selection process.
Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass the IELTS exam, obtaining a minimum of 6.5 as an overall score.
How to Apply
The application process for the PLANET Europe Masters programme consists of two steps:
- 1. Fill in and submit the digital application form
- 2. Send your application in hard copy
If one of the forms (digital or hard copy) is missing after the deadline, your application will not be considered as part of the selection procedure.
Please visit PLANET Europe Application Procedure for further details on the application process
PLANET Europe offers scholarships to talented students from within and outside the EU. These scholarships cover travel, participation and subsistence costs and are available for a limited number of selected students. For the 2016-2018 cohort, the number of scholarships will be 7 Partner Country scholarship and 1 Programme Country scholarship plus maximum 4 scholarship for students from Specific Regions around the World. Please check the PLANET EUROPE pages for updates.
A number of field study visits may be arranged during the course. The School does partly subsidise these trips but students should allow for travelling and subsistence expenses.
Please visit PLANET Europe - Tuition Fee & Finance for details.
For specific questions about the School of Geography and Planning and Cardiff University, please contact Dr Richard Cowell using the contact information below.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Dr Richard Cowell
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6684
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4845