Built Environment

4 Jahre
Für alle angehenden Studenten mit einem deutschen Abschluss reicht entweder die Allgemeine Hochschulreife (Abitur) oder der schulische Teil der Fachhochschulreife (Fachabitur). Weitere Informationen hierzu gibt es auf buas.nl
2209.00 € / Jahr

The regular application deadline (1 May) for new students will be extended to 1 June.

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Do you want to find out how you can keep your country and cities accessible in the future? Want to map out problems in disadvantaged districts? And would you like to design the ideal residential area of the future? Built Environment is the programme for you.

International Spatial Development

In our globalising and urbanising world, ever greater importance is placed on cities built for human well-being, with attractive living and working environments, traffic accessibility, traffic safety and sustainability. In the study programme International Spatial Development, a differentiation area of Built Environment, you will explore spatial development from an integrated perspective, based on urban planning, urban design and mobility – looking across country borders.

Studying Built Environment

Year 1 and 2

The first years are about exploration and integration. You get familiar with the comprehensive discipline. The courses and projects are centred around the following themes:

  • (Dutch) Urban Design
  • Sustainable (Urban) Mobility Planning
  • Smart Cities and Societies
  • Water Management
  • Planning for an Uncertain Future: Flexible Use of Space
  • Energy

During the second year you continue the courses and projects of the first year. At the end of year two you can opt for becoming a specialist:

Strategic Designer: In this role you will focus on integrating strategic design with the process of shaping society. Your objective in this process will be designing future cities. Projects and courses: urbanism, design, sociology, and drawing and visualisation skills (by using Illustrator and Photoshop).

Urban Planner: This role is all about developing a long-term vision for cities while at the same time allowing scope for all stakeholders to collaborate and accomplish their own ideas. You will optimise and align living, working, mobility and recreational conditions. Projects and courses: research methods, quality of life, financial control, sustainability and environment, governance and project management.

Sustainable Urban Mobility Manager: The main focus comprises behavioural changes in mobility such as promoting active modes of transport like walking and cycling. You will optimise the use of public transport and incorporate smart work and mobility solutions into people’s daily lives. Projects and courses: travel behaviour and safety, mobility management and their relation to urban planning and design (including road design).

Year 3

During the third year, you have courses with in-depth focus on spatial design, technology/engineering, energy and management. You also perform two placements, both lasting for three months.These placements provide you with on-the-job-experience and allow you to learn as you work at a company that matches your interests and ambitions. Your placement can be at an international company in the Netherlands or abroad. Multinationals, consultancy firms or government services are examples of suitable companies.

Year 4

You start your fourth year with a minor programme which you choose yourself. BUas offers several programmes such as: Society and Space, Space and Mobility or Design.

In the second semester of the fourth year you carry out a 20-week graduation project. As with your placement, the graduation assignment will be at an international company in the Netherlands or abroad. Examples of possible graduation assignments are:

  • Researching travel time estimations in traffic jams with the help of GSM signals
  • Designing for better quality of life in spontanious settlements
  • Research into leisure-related traffic in a spatial development
  • Planning for water management in coastal cities.

During this year you can also opt for our pre-master's programme Strategic Strategic Business Management and Marketing (SBM). Successful completion of this track will give you direct access, after Breda University of Applied Sciences, to various Master of Science programmes in business-related studies in management and marketing at several partner universities. A few examples are the universities of Maastricht, Tilburg, Brussels (B) and Warwick (UK). This pre-master's programme also links up directly to the academic master's programme of Master of Science Leisure and Tourism Studies of Breda University of Applied Sciences. In this way, it will be possible for you to earn an academic master's degree within five years' time or, after having completed a three-year track, even within four years' time.

After Study

Get a job

Graduates are equipped to fill a range of positions, such as mobility consultant, traffic researcher or traffic and transport planner at (inter)national: advisory agencies multinationals small and medium-sized enterprises government services Please be aware of the fact that many graduates start at the bottom of the career ladder - in assistant positions - and work their way up to management positions. In HBO Monitor 2018 (an independent guide containing a systematic quality comparison of study programmes in higher education) you can find an indication of the labour market prospects for recent graduates (average starter salary and percentage of unemployed among recent graduates). For the Built Environment (EN) programme, the starter salary of recent graduates amounts to €15,14 per hour before tax. A year and a half after graduation, approximately 97% of the graduates have found a job of which 97% on a Bachelor’s level.

Obtain a Master´s Degree

Breda University of Applied Sciences has made a collaborative arrangement with FH Joanneum (Austria), allowing better preparation for and faster completion of your further studies. At FH Joanneum in Kapfenberg (Austria) you can move on to further study at the hbo master’s programme in Energy and transport Management. As there is an overlap between this master’s programme and our differentiation area of Mobility, this two-year master’s track can be compacted into 14 months. To encourage foreign students to study in Austria, there are no tuition fees involved. Accommodation is in an on-campus student flat in Kapfenberg (rental rate of approx. €230 per month).


Breda University of Applied Sciences
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4817 JT Breda

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