Joint Masters Programme in European Spatial Planning, Environmental Policies and Regional Development

120 ECTS credits (start autumn-12)
The international MSc-programme is aimed at students who want to better understand cross-border and EU-level planning and work with challenges in spatial planning, environment and regional development in their continued careers.

Overview

Profile - General Content

The influence of EU policies and actions on spatial and environmental planning in the EU member states is ever increasing. European regions are more and more interlinked, and cooperation across national borders is now a routine aspect of the work of spatial and environmental planners. There are considerable differences in how planning is conducted across Europe, and planners are increasingly required to communicate across cultural and institutional boundaries. This European dimension of planning requires a new generation of spatial and environmental planners, who are aware of and can respond to as well as influence EU and international policy, are sensitive to cultural and institutional differences across Europe, and are capable to cooperate with spatial planners in other European countries.
The Joint Masters Programme in European Spatial Planning, Environmental Policies and Regional Development (‘PLANET Europe’) is the first integrated European Masters programme that offers a comprehensive education in the rich and dynamic area of European spatial planning. PLANET Europe gives students from all over the world the opportunity to acquire important skills and knowledge in European spatial planning, while at the same time benefiting from Europe’s cultural and linguistic diversity.

Qualification Awarded

Programme leads to a degree at second cycle, with denomination
Degree of Master of Science (Two Years)
Main field of study: Spatial Planning
Specialization: European Spatial Planning and Regional Development

The programme (‘PLANET Europe’) is a collaborative programme taught over 2 years (4 Semesters) to a value of 120 ECs - European Credits. Prospective students need to choose their specialisation track during the application process and they have the following two options:

- European Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development; the Radboud University Nijmegen (RU)/Cardiff University (CU)- track
- European Spatial Planning and Regional Economic Development; the Radboud University Nijmegen (RU)/Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH)- track

In both specialisations, all students start with a comprehensive introduction on the European dimension of spatial planning and the spatial impacts of EU policies in semester 1 at RU in Nijmegen (the Netherlands). In semester 2 students either continue at CU in Cardiff (United Kingdom) and focus on sustainable development in policy and practice, or they continue at BTH in Karlskrona (Sweden) with a semester on innovation and cohesion in the EU.

In semester 3, students apply their knowledge to planning practice and receive further training on cross-national communication and presentation skills. Students complete their studies with an individual Master thesis on a topic of their choice under joint supervision from experts from two of the universities. Depending on the choice of track, student stay at Nijmegen, Cardiff and Karlskrona during the last two semesters.

Students will graduate from this integrated Masters programme with a double degree: one from Radboud University Nijmegen and one from either Cardiff University or Blekinge Institute of Technology, depending on their specialisation in the second semester.

Welcome letter

Link to welcome letter from responsible teacher will be posted here no later than 3 weeks before the course begins.

Programme period

2012-September-10 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Spatial Planning

Programme manager

Links

Admission

Prerequisites


If you wish to enrol in the PLANET Europe programme, you should meet the following requirements:

- At least a bachelor degree (first cycle) in spatially oriented social science disciplines such as spatial planning, human or economic geography, environmental planning, or other relevant social sciences.

- English language proficiency: If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide proof of English language competency, for example a GCSE or equivalent qualification, a first degree at a University where English is the language of the education programme, IELTS (International English Language Testing System), Cambridge EFL examination, or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
The programme accepts the following scores for English language tests:
IELTS: If you take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), you need to score an overall minimum test score of 6.5,with all sub-scores equaling a 5.5 score or above.

CAE/CPE: For the Cambridge English as a First Language examination (EFL), you should have a Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a mimimum score of B or a Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a minumum score of C.

TOEFL: For the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) PLANET Europe requires a minimum test score of 90 for the internet-based test. Due to regulations we cannot accept computer-based or paper-based TOEFL tests. For the internet based TOEFL test, we furthermore require all sub-scores equalling the following or above: Listening (21), Speaking (23), Reading (22), Writing (21)

Read about general admission requirements for second cycle.

Admission Criteria


In case of more qualified applicants than available positions for the current programme start, a selection is made together with the other partner universities in the consortium (BTH, RU and CU). The selection is also governed by the regulations and rules the European Commission has for Erasmus Mundus-programmes..

The selection is done in the following way:

All qualified applicants are scored and ranked on the basis of the following elements:
  • Grades (weighting 30%): the higher the average grade, the higher the score in the selection process
  • Relevant background (weighting 50%): in the first instance, previous schooling or training in spatially oriented social science disciplines such as spatial planning, human or economic geography, environmental planning; in the second instance, documented relevant working experience; in the third instance, documented extra-curricular activities (e.g. board memberships; voluntary work).
  • Motivation (weighting 20%): assessed throug the student's motivation letter and application to the programme
The ranking is done collaboratively by representatives for all the consoritum universities (BTH, RU and CU) and is documented according to the regulations of each university and the European Commission.

Admission Procedure

Read about the admission procedure.

Recognition of prior studies and studies abroad

Student who has been admitted to the programme and has earlier completed a course that corresponds to a course within the programme, can apply for recognition of prior studies. If possible, the student will be offered admission to an alternative course. Studies abroad within the programme can normally be partly or fully recognised. In these cases a decision is made via the Learning Agreement, prior the study period.

Read more about studying abroad.

Practical Information

Practical information is found under 'Prospective students'.

Welcome letter

Link to welcome letter from responsible teacher will be posted here no later than 3 weeks before the course begins.

Programme period

2012-September-10 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Spatial Planning

Programme manager

Links

Learning Outcomes

Profile - General Content

The influence of EU policies and actions on spatial and environmental planning in the EU member states is ever increasing. European regions are more and more interlinked, and cooperation across national borders is now a routine aspect of the work of spatial and environmental planners. There are considerable differences in how planning is conducted across Europe, and planners are increasingly required to communicate across cultural and institutional boundaries. This European dimension of planning requires a new generation of spatial and environmental planners, who are aware of and can respond to as well as influence EU and international policy, are sensitive to cultural and institutional differences across Europe, and are capable to cooperate with spatial planners in other European countries.
The Joint Masters Programme in European Spatial Planning, Environmental Policies and Regional Development (‘PLANET Europe’) is the first integrated European Masters programme that offers a comprehensive education in the rich and dynamic area of European spatial planning. PLANET Europe gives students from all over the world the opportunity to acquire important skills and knowledge in European spatial planning, while at the same time benefiting from Europe’s cultural and linguistic diversity.

Learning outcomes

In addition the nationally regulated goals, which can be found in paragraph 8, the following goals apply for the education.

After completion of the programme the student will:
  • be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and a theoretical understanding about the European dimension of planning, as well as the role EU policy and regulations play for planning and regional development in European countries and regions.
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding about planning for Europe (on the EU-level) and about the differences in planning systems and practice in different European countries.
  • be able to show a theoretical understanding about planning and EU policy in the field of regional development, innovation and cohesion.
  • be able to demonstrate methodological skills, in particular to be able to undertake independent study of European planning and/or regional development.
  • be able to show experience from and a theory-based reflection of planning practice in the field.
  • be able to demonstrate an insight into the possibilities and limitations of planning in the subject field and in continued professional practice.
  • command an ability for critical analysis of planning documents.

Welcome letter

Link to welcome letter from responsible teacher will be posted here no later than 3 weeks before the course begins.

Programme period

2012-September-10 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Spatial Planning

Programme manager

Links

Structure

Mode of delivery

The students are expected to study full time during two academic years. The courses in semester 1 and 2 are on campus and in English. The courses in semester 3 are based in professional practice and as an intensive seminar programme at a selected European location. The Master thesis in semester 4 can, subject to agreement with the supervisors, be studied as a distance course.

The objectives of the program are achieved through the courses included in the exam. Assessment and grading is done at module level and details concerning assessment and grading is available in each course syllabus.

During the education each course is evaluated, and the course evaluations are the foundation for continued development.

NOTE! It is the start term of the course that is stated below. See each course to find out the actual length of the course.
 

Courses spring semester 2013

Compulsory courses

European Cohesion Policy, 5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The purpose of the course is to further advance the student’s understanding of the concept of cohesion, as well as the development of EU cohesion policy.

Read all information about the course 'European Cohesion Policy' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Research design, research methods, 5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is to prepare the student for work with a master’s thesis or diploma work. Focus is aimed at forming a problem, research and writing, which constitutes a part of the scientific approach to an analytical task or a planning project.

Read all information about the course 'Research design, research methods' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Innovative Regions – Theory and Practice, 10 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is that the student should develop a deeper understanding of the genesis of a knowledge-based economy in which innovation drives development in a dynamic economy.

Read all information about the course 'Innovative Regions – Theory and Practice' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Regional Disparities – Theory and Practice, 10 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is to deepen the student’s understanding of regional differences at the national and European level, and of various theories of regional development and their role in understanding regional issues.

Read all information about the course 'Regional Disparities – Theory and Practice' (the link opens in a new window)
 

Written Work

The programme concludes with a written degree project equivalent to 30 credit points.

International element

As a mandatory module in the programme includes for the student to study one semester (semester 1) abroad. Semester 1 is undertaken at Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands). In addition, the professional development placement and the intensive seminar course in semester 3 can be undertaken outside of Sweden.

Read about study abroad

Job Profiles

A student with a degree from the programme can work within, for example, regional, spatial or urban planning and development, international planning and regional development projects, transport planning and policy, or with project management or qualified investigative or research tasks within these fields. The programme is especially interesting for students who want to work abroad.

Further Studies

Student with a degree from the programme can in general continue her/his education at the graduate (PhD) level within the field of spatial planning or related fields. BTH has the following programme at graduate (PhD) level which are open to students with a degree from this programme: spatial planning.

Programme Advisory Board

The programme has a programme management committee that is responsible for ensuring education usability for labour market. The program management committee consists of students/alumni, external representatives and teachers. The programme management committee meets at least twice a year. Contact person for programme committee is: Dr Stefanie Dühr, s.duhr@fm.ru.nl

Welcome letter

Link to welcome letter from responsible teacher will be posted here no later than 3 weeks before the course begins.

Programme period

2012-September-10 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Spatial Planning

Programme manager

Links

Examination

Qualification Awarded

Programme leads to a degree at second cycle, with denomination
Degree of Master of Science (Two Years)
Main field of study: Spatial Planning
Specialization: European Spatial Planning and Regional Development

The programme (‘PLANET Europe’) is a collaborative programme taught over 2 years (4 Semesters) to a value of 120 ECs - European Credits. Prospective students need to choose their specialisation track during the application process and they have the following two options:

- European Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development; the Radboud University Nijmegen (RU)/Cardiff University (CU)- track
- European Spatial Planning and Regional Economic Development; the Radboud University Nijmegen (RU)/Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH)- track

In both specialisations, all students start with a comprehensive introduction on the European dimension of spatial planning and the spatial impacts of EU policies in semester 1 at RU in Nijmegen (the Netherlands). In semester 2 students either continue at CU in Cardiff (United Kingdom) and focus on sustainable development in policy and practice, or they continue at BTH in Karlskrona (Sweden) with a semester on innovation and cohesion in the EU.

In semester 3, students apply their knowledge to planning practice and receive further training on cross-national communication and presentation skills. Students complete their studies with an individual Master thesis on a topic of their choice under joint supervision from experts from two of the universities. Depending on the choice of track, student stay at Nijmegen, Cardiff and Karlskrona during the last two semesters.

Students will graduate from this integrated Masters programme with a double degree: one from Radboud University Nijmegen and one from either Cardiff University or Blekinge Institute of Technology, depending on their specialisation in the second semester.

Assessment and grading

Assessment and examination varies between different courses in the programme. See information for respective course in the programme.

Programme Evaluations

Programme evaluation is conducted annually at programme management committee meetings organised by the partner universities. All comments are respected and analysed by the universities. Students' views on education are used to improve programme elements.

Alumni

The programme is a new programme and does not have alumni yet. Alumni from earlier (national) programmes in the same subject field currently work as national and international experts in spatial planning, European integration, spatial planners, graduate (PhD) students, local or regional planning co-ordinators or managers, researchers at research centres or in European/EU programmes.
The programme will have its own alumni network.

Welcome letter

Link to welcome letter from responsible teacher will be posted here no later than 3 weeks before the course begins.

Programme period

2012-September-10 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Spatial Planning

Programme manager

Links

 

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