Career preparation Environmental Sciences

In the MSc programme Environmental Sciences 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 European Workshop, an AMC-type of course, is specifically designed for students from the MSc Environmental Sciences. More information on this course, in which students visit an European country for two weeks, can be found in paper The European Workshop (.pdf).

Internship

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 Environmental Sciences 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 four directions:
- education & communication,
- international relations,
- entrepreneurship and
- 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 Notification on degree certificate Certificate by WUR Certificate by other institution
Environmental Education & Communication Minor (36 ECTS credits) No Yes Yes No No
Environmental Education & Communication Courses (12 ECTS credits) No Yes No No No
International relations MSc track Sustainable Development Diplomacy Yes Yes No Yes No
Entrepreneurship MSc Track Entrepreneurship Yes Yes No Yes No
Entrepreneurship Climate-KIC programme Yes Mostly No No Yes
Research SENSE Honours programme Yes Mostly No No Yes

Environmental Education & Environmental Communication and Innovation

  • Minor - If you are interested to steer your career within the field of environmental sciences towards education and communication, there are two minors you can follow during your MSc programme: Environmental Communication and Innovation and Environmental Education. A minor includes courses, and a minor thesis or internship (in total 36 ECTS credits).
  • Courses - There is also the possibility to replace the Academic Master's Cluster (AMC) course by two courses in the field of environmental education and communication (in total 12 ECTS credits): Environmental Education and Learning for Sustainability (ECS 31806) and Teaching, Learning and Capacity Building for Sustainable Development (ECS 32806).

International Relations

  • MSc track Sustainable Development Diplomacy - Would you like to focus on sustainable development and diplomacy? The MSc Environmental Sciences 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.

Entrepreneurship

  • 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.
  • Climate-KIC programme - Interested in Climate Change and entrepreneurship? With the master's Environmental Sciences you can participate in the Climate-KIC programme. This programme offers you the possibility to discuss your innovative ideas on climate change mitigation and adaptation options together with students from several other European universities. You will attend lectures about entrepreneurship, innovation and climate change and join the summer school to develop your own business case. The Climate-KIC programme can be followed mostly within your MSc programme and partly next to your study. Read more.

Research

  • SENSE Honours programme - The SENSE Honours Programme offers 12 to 15 excellent MSc students from SENSE related MSc programmes, including the MSc Environmental Sciences, the opportunity to follow a special Research Master's Track in the second year of their MSc programme. This track prepares you for an academic research career by writing a full PhD research proposal on a subject of your own choice, which fits into the SENSE research theme “Sustainability Sciences”. At the end of the MSc Honours Programme candidates are encouraged to continue their research as PhD candidate at one of the participating SENSE research groups. The SENSE Honours programme can be followed mostly within your MSc Environmental Sciences programme and partly next to your study. As the SENSE Honours Programme is offered by the SENSE Research School and not by Wageningen University itself, we cannot guarantee that it will be offered each academic year. Read more.

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