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. The listed courses include the compulsory and restricted optional subjects specific for this thesis track and those that belong to the common part of the programme. Also, there is room for optional subjects which you may use to broaden your scope or to deepen your specialisation. For more information visit the study handbook or contact the study adviser.

The common part
Subject Code Period* Phase
Compulsory subject unless advised otherwise
Principles of Urban Environmental Management ETE-22806 1 AF M1
Research Methods in Environmental Science YRM-20306 1, 2 MO M1
Academic Master Cluster (AMC): select one out of these two courses**
European Workshop Environmental Sciences and Management ESA-60312 6 WD M1
Academic Consultancy Training and Modular Skills Training (MOS) YMC-60809 / YMC-60303 1WD, 2WD, 3WD+4WD, 5WD,6WD M1
Thesis track-related subject
Subject Code Period Phase
Reflections on Planning and Design Practices LAR-37306 1 MO M1
Planning for Urban Quality of Life LUP-23806 2 AF M1
Political Dilemmas of Spatial Planning LUP-32806 4 WD M1
Planning and Design of Urban Space ETE-33806 5 AF M1
MSc Thesis Land Use Planning LUP-80436 1,2,3,4,5,6 M2
MSc Internship Land Use Planning LUP-70424 1,2,3,4,5,6 M2
*MO = morning; AF = afternoon; WD = whole day
**The restricted optional subjects have to be selected in consultation with the study adviser.
This course overview is based on the Wageningen University study handbook. The study handbook is guiding in case of any discrepancy.

Below you can see how your schedule may look like:

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