Environmental and Infrastructure Planning (MSc)

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Environmental and Infrastructure Planning at University of Groningen

Do you wonder about how cities and urban regions can become more sustainable and liveable? How to design innovative policy solutions for pressing environmental, water and road infrastructure problems?

Then the international Master's programme in Environmentaland Infrastructure Planning will fit youwell. The programme is unique in integratingthree elements: (1) the analysis of urban and regional planningstrategies and governance approaches for highly dynamic and complexsituations, (2) international comparative research and learning,and (3) a focus on environmental, water and infrastructure relatedchallenges. Bringing these elements together, you will examinepolicy programs for flood resilient cities, integrated roadinfrastructure solutions and tools for more environmental friendlyurban en regional development.

You will be part of an international classroom withstudents originating from different regions across the globe, some of them having experience in planning practicealready. Our dedicated staff will challenge youto rethinking real life planning problems by integratingconcepts like self-organization, adaptive capacity and transitionmanagement. Through a mix of interactive teaching methods you will strengthen your collaboration and communication skills,and your ability to work and think independently.

Do you wonder about how cities and urban regions can become more sustainable and liveable? How to design innovative policy solutions for pressing environmental, water and road infrastructure problems?

Then the international Master's programme in Environmentaland Infrastructure Planning will fit you well. The programme is unique in integrating three elements: (1) the analysisof urban and regional planning strategies and governance approachesfor highly dynamic and complex situations, (2) internationalcomparative research and learning, and (3) a focus onenvironmental, water and infrastructure relatedchallenges. Bringing these elements together, you will examinepolicy programs for flood resilient cities, integrated roadinfrastructure solutions and tools for more environmental friendlyurban en regional development.

You will be part of an international classroom with studentsoriginating from different regions across the globe, some of themhaving experience in planning practice already. Ourdedicated staff, will challenge you to rethinking real lifeplanning problems by integrating concepts like self-organization,adaptive capacity and transition management. Through a mix ofinteractive teaching methods you will strengthen yourcollaboration and communication skills, and your ability to workand think independently. 

After your studies

Job prospects

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

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

Check out personal stories of alumni in our brochure.

How we boost your futurecareer

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
  • Check out our Roadmap on exploring planning practice & thelabour 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.

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

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

    Check out personal stories of alumni in our 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
  • Check out our Roadmap on exploringplanning 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 UG CareerServices.

    See where our alumni end up in this infographic

    Download brochure

    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 study12 months
      Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

    Notes about fees for this course

    http://www.rug.nl/education/tuition/fees/master-degrees

    Entry requirements

    Bachelor-Master connections

    Study programmeOrganizationTransition
    Spatial Planning and DesignAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
    Human Geography and Urban and Regional PlanningAll Research universities

    No additional requirements

    More information:

    Advice: for your electives choose courses of the bachelorSpatial Planning and Design

    Civil EngineeringAll Universities of applied sciences

    Deficiency program with a maximum of 45 EC

    More information:

    For more information about the pre-master contact Femke Niekerk(f.niekerk@rug.nl)

    Architecture and Construction EngineeringAll Universities of applied sciences

    Deficiency program with a maximum of 45 EC

    More information:

    For more information about the pre-master contact Femke Niekerk(f.niekerk@rug.nl)

    Ruimtelijke Ordening en PlanologieAll Universities of applied sciences

    Deficiency program with a maximum of 45 EC

    More information:

    For more information about the pre-master contact Femke Niekerk(f.niekerk@rug.nl)

    Management of the Living EnvironmentAll Universities of applied sciences

    Deficiency program with a maximum of 45 EC

    More information:

    For more information about the pre-master contact Femke Niekerk(f.niekerk@rug.nl)

    EnvironmentAll Universities of applied sciences

    Deficiency program with a maximum of 45 EC

    More information:

    For more information about the pre-master contact Femke Niekerk(f.niekerk@rug.nl)

    Public GovernanceAll Research universities

    Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

    More information:

    For more information about the pre-master contact Femke Niekerk(f.niekerk@rug.nl)

    Public Administration and Organization ScienceAll Research universities

    Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

    More information:

    For more information about the pre-master contact Femke Niekerk(f.niekerk@rug.nl)

    Architecture, Urbanism & Building SciencesAll Research universities

    Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

    More information:

    For more information about the pre-master contact Femke Niekerk(f.niekerk@rug.nl)

    Environmental SciencesAll Research universities

    Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

    More information:

    For more information about the pre-master contact Femke Niekerk(f.niekerk@rug.nl)

    Civiele TechniekAll Research universities

    Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

    More information:

    For more information about the pre-master contact Femke Niekerk(f.niekerk@rug.nl)

    Landscape Architecture and PlanningAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
    International Land and Water ManagementAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
    Built EnvironmentAll Universities of applied sciences

    Deficiency program with a maximum of 45 EC

    More information:

    For more information about the pre-master contact Femke Niekerk(f.niekerk@rug.nl)

    Liberal Arts and SciencesAll Research universities

    No additional requirements

    More information:

    Direct access with Philosophy, Politics & Economics andPhysics of Energy. No access with other majors.

    Admission requirements

    Specific requirementsMore information
    additional subject

    Proof of academic writing

    language test
    • English at VWO level
    • Comparable to IELTS International English Language TestingSystem (Academic version) 6.5, with minimum scores:
    • Listening 6.0
    • Reading 6.0
    • Writing 6.0
    • Speaking 6.0
    • Exemptions: Native English speakers or diploma holders fromUnited States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UnitedKingdom, Ireland.
    • Pre-master: minimum of 6.0 for the International EnglishLanguage Testing System (Academic version) IELTS
    previous education

    Bachelor degree in spatial planning, urban/regional planning,urban/regional development, environmental management, humangeography, land use planning and management, public administration(*with a focus on spatial analysis and issues, e.g. minor relatedto urban planning or human geography), landscape architecture,water management**, civil / transport engineering** (**with somebasic knowledge on policy making, e.g. minor related to publicadministration, governance or policy).

    Admission requirements

    Specific requirementsMore information
    additional subject

    Proof of academic writing

    grade average

    For HBO students: A minimum weighted average of 7 as a finalgrade

    language test
    • English at VWO level
    • Comparable to IELTS International English Language TestingSystem (Academic version) 6.5, with minimum scores:
    • Listening 6.0
    • Reading 6.0
    • Writing 6.0
    • Speaking 6.0
    • Exemptions: Native English speakers or diploma holders fromUnited States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UnitedKingdom, Ireland.
    • Pre-master: minimum of 6.0 for the International EnglishLanguage Testing System (Academic version) IELTS
    previous education

    Bachelor degree in spatial planning, urban/regional planning,urban/regional development, environmental management, humangeography, land use planning and management, public administration(*with a focus on spatial analysis and issues, e.g. minor relatedto urban planning or human geography), landscape architecture,water management**, civil / transport engineering** (**with somebasic knowledge on policy making, e.g. minor related to publicadministration, governance or policy).

    Language requirements

    ExamMinimum score
    IELTS overall band6.5

    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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