Land Use Planning

The Land Use Planning group (LUP) is studying the process and substance of spatial planning. Spatial planning is a discipline on the nexus of practice and science. Spatial planning in practice relates to a wide variety of activities such as analysing the spatial organisation, organising planning processes and designing plans and visions for future situations. Spatial planning as a scientific discipline reflects on these practices and develops new insights and knowledge about (spatial) concepts, strategies and instruments.

More about this thesis track

Doing an MSc thesis in Land Use Planning within the Urban Environmental Management programme is about reflecting on planning situations and explaining what is going on: Which people and mechanisms are at work and how are different aspects related to each other? Reflection on practices is an academic dimension of spatial planning education, based on diverse theories, from inside and outside the planning domain. An MSc thesis research can focus on the organisation of space, on planning processes, as well as on planners and their actions.

Ongoing research projects within the Land Use Planning group are in the domains of:

  • Land development
  • Urban sprawl and urban networks
  • Landscape ecology and nature
  • Water management
  • Heritage management
  • Traffic, transport and infrastructure
  • Food planning and urban agriculture

Students can learn more about education and research related to spatial planning, including current research topics and guidelines for MSc thesis research, by visiting the website of the Land Use Planning group.


The following courses are part of the programme Urban Environmental Management when selecting the thesis track Land Use Planning. Next to these thesis specific courses, you will follow courses from the common part and electives as summarized in the programme outline. For more information visit the study handbook or contact the study adviser.

Thesis track-related subject
Subject Code
Reflections on Planning and Design Practices LAR37306
Planning for Urban Quality of Life LUP23806
Political Dilemmas of Spatial Planning LUP32806
Planning and Design of Urban Space ETE33806
MSc Thesis Land Use Planning LUP80436
MSc Internship Land Use Planning LUP70224
Restricted Optional: You may choose the following urban courses
Governance for Sustainable Cities ENP36806
Managing Urban Environmental Infrastructure ETE32806

In order to prepare well for your thesis track, you can additionally choose supporting courses. These courses focus, for example, on quantitative and data sciences. You can find the exact list in the study handbook at the section "Restricted Optionals (2) in Common part"

This course overview is based on the Wageningen University study handbook, where you can find a more detailed course and programme description. The study handbook is guiding in case of any discrepancy.

Below you can see how your schedule might look like for your whole study programme:

MSc Urban Environmental Management - Land Use Planning