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Geography, Planning and Environment - European Spatial and Environmental planning (ESEP)

Nijmegen School of Management

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This specialisation is a collaboration between the Master of Spatial Planning and the Master of the Political Sciences of the Environmental, and it taught by lecturers from both groups.

The European Union (EU) plays an increasingly important role for spatial and environmental policies at all levels of scale.  EU environmental policy is a key example of the importance to consider the wider spatial implications of sector policies, as the areas of water management, nature conservation, biodiversity and air quality illustrate. This English language specialisation focuses on EU policy processes and governance arrangements as they influence spatial development, environmental quality and regional economic development. You will study international and European trends of relevance to spatial and environmental planning, compare planning systems and understand the European and cross-border dimension of spatial planning from an institutional governance and political science perspective.


ESEP is ...

  • a one-year International Master's programme;
  • focused on the European dimension to spatial and environmental planning in the member states and regions of the European Union (EU);
  • taught at one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands: Radboud University Nijmegen;
  • taught in small groups and in a personal and interactive way;
  • proud of its synergy between theory and practice, and;
  • highly appreciated by its students.

Challenging programme
This programme challenges and stimulates students, who work in small groups on contemporary themes and learn to think critically about new developments. In this they receive personal supervision and a thorough training in methodology (how to conduct reliable comparative research). Unique Master’s level training 
The spatial impacts of European Union policy are visible wherever we look. Nature protection through the Natura2000 network or transnational arrangements for water management, are examples of the influence of EU policy on land use patterns and territorial governance in our regions. The freedoms of the Single European Market give EU citizens the right to work and to buy a house in another country, and companies the opportunity to settle anywhere in the EU. The globalisation of the economy and increasing interlinkages between regions have led to a growth in transport volumes across the EU, as exemplified by recent expansions of many European airports. Many of these EU developments have considerable spatial and environmental implications. 

Boundary breaking 
This international and European dimension to spatial and environmental planning in the nations and regions of the EU is the focus of our full-time international Master specialisation on ‘European spatial and environmental planning' (ESEP). During the twelve months of full-time study, students have the opportunity to critically discuss the spatial implications of EU policy in a comparative perspective, and to better understand the multi-level system of governance in an integrated European Union. The Master's specialisation gives attention to aspects of coordination of policies and actions vertically (among different levels of government), horizontally (among different policy sectors) and geographically (across administrative boundaries).

Core strength
A core strength of the ESEP Master's specialisation is the combination of a thorough theoretical and methodological foundation with a critical exploration of actual spatial developments and policy processes. Theoretical approaches taught cover institutional perspectives and theories on European integration, planning and policy-making. Methodologically, the focus is on comparative approaches to allow for a better understanding of differences in planning systems and policies across Europe. Teaching and learning take place in small student groups and are based on interactive approaches.

Choosing your diploma
ESEP is a Master's specialisation that is jointly offered by the chairs of Spatial Planning and of the Political Sciences of the Environment. This means that, even though you will follow the exact same study programme, you can choose whether you would like to graduate with a Master's of Science in Spatial Planning degree (60 European credits) or a Master's of Science in Social and Political Sciences of the Environment degree (60 European credits), depending on your interest and future career aspirations. The diploma supplement accompanying your degree certificate will in any case state that you have followed the ESEP specialisation and the courses you have passed. Depending on whether you would like to graduate with a MSc in Spatial Planning, or with a MSc in Social and Political Sciences of the Environment, please apply in Studielink for either one or the other Master's programme:

  • For an MSc in Spatial Planning, please apply in Studielink for the Master Urban and Regional Planning;
  • For an MSc in Social and Political Sciences of the Environment, please apply in Studielink for the Master Social and Political Sciences of the Environment.

Niveau WO
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Ja
Doorlooptijd 12 maanden
Type Specialised master for professionals
Kosten (indicatie) Geen opgave
Titulatuur Geen titel
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Provincie Gelderland
Afronding Diploma