Career preparation - MSc Climate Studies

In the MSc programme Climate Studies two subjects specifically focus on career preparation: the internship and the course Academic Master's Cluster (AMC). Besides, there are also other additional possibilities related to career preparation.

Academic Master's Cluster

In the AMC course you apply knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses and broaden these by executing a real-life, interdisciplinary consultancy assignment with a group of fellow students from different disciplines. The course Design of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies, an AMC-type of course, is specifically designed for students from the MSc Climate Studies.


The internship consists of project work in an institution outside of Wageningen University & Research where you can apply learned skills and concepts to a professional setting. Depending on your interests, you work (at least) four months at an (inter)national NGO, research institute, consultancy firm, (start-up) company, etc. By selecting a specific internship, you can influence your future career towards a certain direction.

Other possibilities

But there are also extra possibilities during your MSc Climate Studies to prepare and steer your career into a certain direction: by taking specific minors and tracks offered by Wageningen University & Research or programmes offered by other institutions.

Below a short overview regarding these extra possibilities is given. They are divided into three directions:
- international relations,
- entrepreneurship,
- research.

Some of these options can be part of your MSc programme, some other options have to be followed partly next to your MSc programme. Note that you have to apply for most of these programmes and tracks, because only a limited number of students can be admitted. The selection procedure is usually only once a year.  

Career orientation Option Selection procedure Within MSc programme Certificate by WUR Certificate by other institution
International relations MSc track Sustainable Development Diplomacy Yes Yes Yes No
Entrepreneurship MSc Track Entrepreneurship Yes Yes Yes No
Research WIMEK graduate programme Yes Mostly No Yes

International Relations

  • MSc track Sustainable Development Diplomacy - Would you like to focus on sustainable development and diplomacy? The MSc Climate Studies offers the possibility to follow the special thesis track Sustainable Development Diplomacy. This is a variant of the thesis track “Environmental Policy” and can be followed as part of your MSc programme. The purpose of the programme is to provide you as (future) academic, practitioner and leader in the public, private and non-profit sectors a combination of theory and practice of international diplomacy and negotiations in the field of sustainable development. Such should allow you to better understand, analyse and tackle the world’s most challenging sustainability problems. This track is designed in cooperation with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University (Cambridge, Mass., USA), the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the World Bank (Washington DC, USA), and the Sustainability Challenge Foundation (SCF) from the Netherlands. Read more.


  • MSc Track Entrepreneurship - How about the entrepreneur (or intrapreneur) in you? Opportunity identification? Risk-taking? Entrepreneurial self-efficacy? Put your knowledge into action, valorise your ideas, sell your idea, and try to make a difference. The Master's Track Entrepreneurship is a comprehensive programme focusing on innovative, sustainable entrepreneurship within the Wageningen domains (i.e. food and food production, living environment, health, lifestyle and livelihood). This track can be followed as part of your MSc programme. Read more.


  • WIMEK Graduate Programme - The WIMEK Graduate Programme offers a maximum of 15 excellent MSc students WIMEK-related MSc programmes, including the MSc Climate Studies, the opportunity to participate in the 'WIMEK Graduate Programme'. This programme prepares highly motivated MSc students for an academic research career by further developing their research skills and writing a full PhD research proposal on a self-selected subject within the field of 'Environmental and Sustainability Sciences'. After finishing the conclusion of the WIMEK Graduate Programme all participating MSc students will be in an excellent position to pursue a career as a PhD candidate in one of the participating WIMEK research groups (or anywhere else in the world). Read more.

    For further questions related to these (additional) career-related possibilities during your MSc Climate Studies you can contact your study adviser.

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