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05 April 2012

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The School of City and Regional Planning has won support from the European Union to provide a new joint Masters programme with Universities in Sweden and the Netherlands.

The new MSc in European Spatial Planning and Environmental Policy is a two-year, full-time programme being taught in collaboration with Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands and the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden.

Part of PLANET Europe, it is the first programme at Cardiff to be successful in a bid for support from the EU's Erasmus Mundus scheme, which will provide a number of scholarships for the programme over a five-year period.

Students will begin their first semester at Radboud University Nijmegen before deciding whether to go to Cardiff or Blekinge route for Semester 2. Their third semester will involve a work placement, while the fourth will be spent writing the Masters dissertation.

Richard Cowell, School of City and Regional Planning and Cardiff co-ordinator for the programme, said: "Our new PLANET Europe Masters course is an exciting and innovative development.

"Delivering this course with Radboud University and the Blekinge Institute of Technology further extends our profile among leading European planning schools, and enables us to channel our teaching and research expertise to cross-national and European policy issues.

"Being awarded prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarships for prospective students underlines the status of the programme, and is already attracting high quality applicants keen to come to Cardiff."

The PLANET Europe programme prepares graduates for a career in environmental and spatial planning in Europe. It is designed for students who would like to better understand the influences of the EU and international developments on space, the environment and the economy. It is also aimed at those who would like to address large-scale spatial challenges such as climate change or transnational river management in their future careers.

The programme allows students to specialise in either European spatial planning and sustainable development or European spatial planning and regional economic development, and leads to an internationally-recognised double degree (MSc) from leading European planning schools.

With the support of the Erasmus Mundus programme, PLANET Europe is able to offer scholarships to talented students from within and outside the EU from September 2012 onwards. These scholarships cover travel, participation and subsistence costs for excellent applicants.

For more information, visit the PLANET Europe website.

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