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The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About DDM Water and Coastal management at University of Groningen

Managing water resources, river catchments, and coastal zones are outstanding challenges of today and tomorrow!

Global changes ask for a comprehensive scientific approach, an international multidisciplinary orientation and require a newmind-set towards water and coastal management problems. Inresponse to these challenges and to provide an inspiring atmospherefor the development of an academic and professional career, wedesigned our unique Double Degree Master program 'Water and CoastalManagement', merging the strongest expertise of two universities,the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) andCarl-von-Ossietzky-University Oldenburg (Germany).

Taught by outstanding experts, highly conversant withenvironmental, socio-economic, and spatial sciences, you will betrained to manage the water and coastal resources of futuresocieties in a sustainable way. The University of Oldenburg givesyou the opportunity to learn about the marine environment andsustainable management; the University of Groningen offers itsoutstanding knowledge on spatial sciences, in particular watermanagement and environmental and infrastructure planning. The ability to integrate both will make you an expert in water andcoastal management.

Managing water resources, river catchments, and coastal zones are outstanding challenges of today and tomorrow!

Global changes ask for a comprehensive scientific approach, an international multidisciplinary orientation and require a newmind-set towards water and coastal management problems. In responseto these challenges and to provide an inspiring atmosphere for thedevelopment of an academic and professional career, we designed ourunique Double Degree Master (DDM) program 'Water and CoastalManagement', merging the strongest expertise of the twopartner-universities, the University of Groningen (the Netherlands)and Carl-von-Ossietzky-University Oldenburg (Germany).

Taught by outstanding experts highly conversant withenvironmental, socio-economic, and spatial sciences, you will betrained to manage the water and coastal resources of futuresocieties in a sustainable way. The University of Oldenburg givesyou the opportunity to learn about the marine environment andsustainable management; the University of Groningen offers itsoutstanding knowledge on spatial science, in particular watermanagement and environmental and infrastructure planning. The ability to integrate both makes the successful student an expert inwater and coastal management!

After your studies

Job prospects

The double Master of Science degree in Water and CoastalManagement opens many doors. You will be prepared to work in publicorganizations that are directly or indirectly responsible for watermanagement and/or the management of coastal resources, i.e.national, regional and local authorities.

Furthermore your educational background will be suitable forfinding a job at various governmental and non-governmental agenciesthat have special responsibilities for the coastal area and/orwater management. In addition, consultancy firms with differentspecializations and/or research institutes will be interested in astudent who has completed this ambitious double degree program.

During the programme at the University of Groningen we offersupport for your career preparation. The Career Services areprovided by the Careers Company and the UG Career Services.

More information about the Careers Company: http://www.rug.nl/(...)careers-company-frw/More information about the UG Career Services: http://www.rug.nl/next/

The Master opens up a wide field of potential careers in boththe public and the private sector. Our graduates:

  • Work in governments: as policy advisors at international,national, provincial an local offices in charge of spatialplanning, transportation or water management.
  • Work in consultancy: as project managers at international annational firms in engineering, design an sustainability.
  • Start their own business or go into research. 

Get to know the personal stories of alumni inour  brochure 

How we boost your future career

We support you in developing a rich set of tools as well as areflexive attitude that allows you to create innovative solutionsfor sustainability and resilience of cities and regions. We do soin various ways:

  • Strategic partnerships with organizations in planningpractice: National Agency onPublic Works and Water ManagementWitteveen+Bos Engineering andConsultancyRoyalHaskoningDHVEngineering, design and project management
  • Guest lectures, field trips and workshops embedded in thecourse
  • 3x per year 'A day in planning practice', with companyvisits
  • Excursions and 'Meet-alumni' events organised by our studentorganizations
  • 2x per year the GraduateResearch Day. A networking event to meet future employers
  •  

    Have a look at our Roadmapon exploring planning practice & the labour market.

    Throughout the year, we offer support for practical careerpreparation and employability skills. Workshops are given aboutleadership, job interviews and how to present yourself. TheseCareer Services are provided by the CareersCompany and the UGCareer Services.

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    Study options for this course

    • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
    • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
      Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

    Entry requirements

    Admission requirements

    Specific requirementsMore information
    reference letter

    Strongly advised

    written request

    This master-program is "non-consecutive" meaning you need nospecial bachelor degree to enroll but you should be able tomotivate your choice and explain your interest in the program.

    Send your application to enroll in Oldenburg: 1. If you have aGerman university degree: to the Immatrikulationsamt (See: http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/immatrikulationsamt/)2. If you have a bachelor degree from the University of Groningen:directly to Immatrikulationsamt and to prof. Ingo Mose (Ingo.Mose@uni-oldenburg.de)3. If you have an international degree: to the InternationalStudent Office (ISO) (See: http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/en/iso/)

    For the second year in Groningen you need to submit an enrolmentapplication via Studielink website and select 'Environment andInfrastructure Planning' as the study program you wish to beenrolled for. You are also asked to send a copy of your (certified)bachelor's diploma, grades list and a copy of ID-card/passport to the admissions office, to admissions@rug.nl. Moreinformation about enrolment in Groningen will be provided during your first study year in Oldenburg.

    other admission requirements

    All applicants should include the following information: 1. TheBachelor diploma 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. Motivation letter 4. Letterof recommendation 5. English language certificate

    To enrol in this programme an average grade requirement applies.Please see: http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/(...)/ZO_WCM_31.05.14.pdfor the study brochure for more information.

    Admission requirements

    Specific requirementsMore information
    reference letter

    Strongly advised

    written request

    This master-program is "non-consecutive" meaning you need nospecial bachelor degree to enroll but you should be able tomotivate your choice and explain your interest in the program.

    Send your application to enroll for the first year in Oldenburg:1. If you have a German university degree: to theImmatrikulationsamt (See: http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/immatrikulationsamt/)2. If you have a bachelor degree from the University of Groningen:directly to Immatrikulationsamt and to prof. Ingo Mose (Ingo.Mose@uni-oldenburg.de)3. If you have an international degree: to the InternationalStudent Office (ISO) (See: http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/en/iso/)

    For the second year in Groningen you need to submit anenrollment application via Studielink website and select'Environment and Infrastructure Planning' as the study program youwish to be enrolled for. You are also asked to send a copy of your(certified) bachelor's diploma, grades list and a copy ofID-card/passport to the admissions office, admissions@rug.nl. Moreinformation about enrollment in Groningen will be provided during your first study year in Oldenburg.

    other admission requirements

    All applicants should include the following information: 1. TheBachelor diploma 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. Motivation letter 4. Letterof recommendation 5. English language certificate

    This master-program is "non-consecutive" meaning you need nospecial bachelor degree to enroll but you should be able tomotivate your choice for the program. In addition, your averagegrade from the bachelor studies should be no lower than 2.5 (Germangrading system) or 7.5 (Dutch system). It is possible to compensatefor some missing grade points with the motivation letter andletters of reference if your average is 7.0 or 6.5 (Dutch system).For more information see Admission regulations (Zugangsordnung athttp://www.uni-oldenburg.de/wcm/enrolment/)

    What students think about University of Groningen

      If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

      Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

      I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

      My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

      There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

      Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

      I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

      Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

      Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

      Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

      What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

      Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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