Environmental Policy (ENP)

The aim of the research and education programme of the Environmental Policy group (ENP) is to contribute to sustainable development by developing the theoretical and empirical tools to analyze, evaluate and (help) design democratic processes of environmental reform from the local up to the global level.

More about this thesis track

Analysing and designing (new) arrangements for environmental governance and management is at the center of the research program of the Environmental Policy group which is built around three core themes:

  1. Sustainable Consumption and Production
  2. Sustainable Natural Resource Use
  3. Global Environmental Change.

When analysing and designing (new) arrangements, we draw especially on sociology and on political sciences. Being social scientific in nature, the research program contains many projects that are conducted on a multidisciplinary basis, making use of the high quality technical and natural science expertise available in the WUR-environment of the Environmental Policy Group.

The aim of an Environmental Policy (ENP) thesis within the Environmental Policy programme is to gain academic skills in analysing and evaluating environmental policy and governance in one of the broader areas of production and consumption; nature and natural resources management and global environmental change. Subjects proposed by students themselves are very much appreciated

The research program looks for answers on the following questions:

  • What are the basic characteristics of environmental science and technology and what can be concluded with respect to their roles in bringing about transitions towards more sustainable use of natural resources or more sustainable patterns of production and consumption?
  • In what ways can environmental guidelines for nature conservation and production and consumption become institutionalized in the (international) policy networks?
  • How can governance and policy-making for sustainable development be evaluated, adapted and transformed in order to meet the requirements of globalization?
  • In what ways do social groups - i.e. groups of citizen-consumers or environmental NGO's - (fail to) confront the environmental and health risks implied in modern life? What policy arrangements are most suitable to help adopting an environmental perspective within everyday life?

Students can learn more about the education and research related to this discipline by visiting the website of the Environmental Policy group.


The following courses are part of the MSc programme Environmental Sciences when selecting the thesis track Environmental Policy. Besides these courses, for the common part of the programme several supporting courses are available which have to be taken if your study adviser deems it necessary (these are not listed in the table below, but summarized in the programme outline). Also, there is room for optional subjects which you may use to broaden your scope or to deepen your knowledge on a topic in your specialisation. For more information visit the study handbook or contact the study adviser.

The common part
Subject Code Period* Phase
Environmental Quality and Governance ENP-35806 2AF, 5AF M1
General Safety ** ZSS06000 M1
Fieldwork Safety ** ZSS06200 M1
Compulsory unless your study advisor advises otherwise:
Principles of Environmental Sciences ESA-20806 1AF, 4WD M1
Research Methodology in Environmental Science YRM-20306 1MO, 2MO M1
Restricted optional: select one out of these five options ***
Research Master Cluster: Proposal Writing YWU60312
European Workshop Environmental Sciences and Management ESA-60312 1WD, 6WD M1
Environmental Education and Learning for Sustainability and Teaching, Learning and Capacity Building for Sustainable Development ELS-31806+ ELS-32806 6WD M1
Academic Consultancy Training and Modular Skills Training (MOS) **** YMC-60809 1WD, 2WD, 3WD+4WD, 5WD,6WD M1
International Environmental Policy Consultancy ***** ENP60312 2WD M1
Minors (optional)
Environmental Education
Environmental Communication

Thesis track-related subject
Subject Code Period Phase
MSc Internship Environmental Policy ENP-70424 1,2,3,4,5,6 M2
MSc Thesis Environmental Policy ENP-80436 1,2,3,4,5,6 M2
Compulsory unless advised otherwise
Environmental Policy: Analysis and Evaluation ENP-34306 2MO M1
Restricted optional – select at least 12 credits
Sustainable Technology Development ENP-37803 4WD M1
Sustainable Technology Development: Design Assignment ENP-38303
International Environmental Policy ENP-30306 4WD M1
Environment and Development ENP-33306 5MO M1
Advanced International Environmental Politics and Diplomacy ENP-39306 6WD M1
* MO = morning; AF= afternoon; WD = whole day
** e-learning
*** The restricted optional subjects have to be selected in consultation and agreement with the study adviser.
**** To get the list of the skills courses, go to Osiris Course Catalogue, select “courses’ in the green menu bar. On the left side (grey area) click “Modular Skills Training Course (MOS)” and check the box “Yes, this is a Modular Skills Training courses”
***** Only if you are admitted to the Master Track Sustainable Development Diplomacy, you are allowed (and should) take this course.
This course overview is based on the Wageningen University study handbook. The study handbook is guiding in case of any discrepancy.

Below you can see how your schedule might look like:

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