Career preparation - Urban Environmental Management

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

Academic Master 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 Urban Environmental Management. More information on this course, in which students visit an European country for two weeks, can be found in the 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 Urban Environmental Management 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 two directions:
- 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
Entrepreneurship MSc Track Entrepreneurship Yes Yes Yes No
Entrepreneurship Climate-KIC programme Yes Mostly No Yes
Research WIMEK graduate programme Yes Mostly No Yes

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 Urban Environmental Management 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

  • WIMEK Graduate Programme - The WIMEK Graduate Programme offers a maximum of 15 excellent MSc students WIMEK-related MSc programmes, including the MSc Urban Environmental Management, 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 Urban Environmental Management you can contact your study adviser.