Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics

Tackle problems of cities and regions, transport, and the environment - from an economic viewpoint

Best study programme
In the 2018 National Student Survey, our students rated the programme as the best in its field!

A unique master's programme: the only one in the world that offers an integrated view on urban/regional issues, transport, and the environment from an economic perspective.

This high-quality one-year programme offers you the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to tackle complex problems at a high level of abstraction, keeping in mind the need to translate theoretical solutions into clear-cut policy advice. It is designed for students with an interest in spatial, transport or environmental economics. It is firmly rooted in economics, but enables you at the same time to establish a multidisciplinary orientation. The programme addresses highly relevant and closely interrelated policy issues in today’s modern society in the field of regional development (such as the advantages of agglomerations), urban problems (such as crime), transport policies (such as congestion management) and environmental degradation (such as climate change). As such, it is concerned with virtually every aspect of society, in which space, distance and networks are key issues.

Students learn to adopt a structured approach in applying economic analytical tools to practical problems. Using economic models, you analyse real-life societal problems such as regional differences in income, traffic congestion and environmental pollution. You learn to tackle these problems at a high level of abstraction, assessing the pros and cons of different solutions and formulating your own alternative.


You apply for the Master's programme Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics. Later on during the year, you may specialize in one or a combination of the following fields:

  • Urban and Regional Economics
    Regions, cities and buildings: Understanding the spatial and economic dimensions of urbanization, agglomeration and regional decline and development
  • Transport Economics
    Understanding the economics of the great societal challenges in urban and international transport, mobility and accessibility
  • Environmental Economics
    Understanding the economic and spatial aspects of the great societal challenges in managing local and global environments, natural resources and the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy 
  • Real Estate Economics and Finance
    How do real estate markets function? This is the main theme that the Real Estate specialization addresses.

The master's programme offers a scholarship (Piet Rietveld Scholarship) for one excellent student in the programme originating from Indonesia or China.


Overview Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics




1 year



1 April for international degree holders from non-EU/EEA countries (different deadlines may hold for other category students);

1 June for Dutch degree holders and international degree holders from EU/EEA countries


1 September




Economics, Business and Law