Education Land Use Planning

Land Use Planning is one of the key chairgroups participating in the BSc and MSc programme ‘Landscape Architecture and Planning’ and the MSc programme 'Urban Environmental Management'. All programmes offer a planning specialization.

Educational program

We offer a wide range of Bachelor and Master level courses in planning methods, theory and practice. Our courses are not only relevant to Spatial planning students, but also to students in other specialisations, other Wageningen programmes or other universities. Most courses are taught in English. For an overview of our courses, we refer to the WUR study handbook.


In 2018, the BSc and MSc programmes 'Landscape Architecture and Planning' and the MSc programme 'Urban Environmental Management' have been accredited by NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders).

The Wageningen Land Use Planning Group is a full member of AESOP (Association of European Schools of Planning). This means that the quality of our educational program is acknowledged by international standards.

Our MSc Programme

The Spatial Planning programme focuses on both the organization of the planning processes as well as on the theoretical and practical knowledge needed for planning. As a result the programme deals with planning theory and methodology, knowledge about the landscape, for instance water and cultural heritage and is strongly linked to (new) developments in planning practice. It is grounded in the social and natural sciences. The programme consists of three parts:

  1. Courses dealing with theory and methodology about planning processes in literature and practice
  2. Courses focussing on substantial knowledge for instance about water, cultural heritage, ecology, management, economics.
  3. Internship and final thesis in which theory, methodology and substantial knowlegde is combined.

In the first part different courses will guide you in building your knowledge about different planning theories and methodologies. In four courses important, new or eye catching literature about planning will be discussed in relation to examples from planning practice. A variety of guest lecturers from in and outside the university will support these courses with their knowledge.

In the second set of courses you can choose your own focus or subject. In planning processes substantial knowledge about soils, traffic, ecology and others play an important role. During your programme you have the opportunity to follow courses about one of the varies subjects related to planning. These courses you follow at different chairgroups at the university specialized in your field of interest.

The third and last part of the programme consists of an internship and a final thesis or master thesis. Your internship will give you the opportunity to have a look in companies or governmental agencies working in the field of planning. During you master thesis you combine all the knowledge in a large research project.

Interested? More information about the programme and the different options? Please contact one of our study advisors.

For more information about MSc thesis Spatial planning.

For more information about scheduling and courses of the programme of Spatial Planning within MSc Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning.

For more information about scheduling and courses of the programme Spatial Planning within MSc Urban Environmental Management.

Course overview (Study Handbook)