Management Studies

Besides the environmental standards on emissions to air, water and soil, regional authorities, municipalities and other private group expand their company-oriented demands to the continuous improvement of environmental performance and to sustainability. Whatever type of demand is posed on a company, a company has to respond, in one way or the other, to such a demand. Within this thesis track you will use the managerial approach to analyse these kind of situations.

More about this thesis track

A Management Studies (MST) thesis within the Urban Environmental Management programme can focus on one of three domains:

  • Decision-making processes within companies;
  • Organizational design and implementation of environmental care within companies;
  • Accountability of the company towards stakeholders in its task environment.

From a managerial perspective the attention is drawn to one of these three domains. The managerial approach can be from an organizational point of view, from a business economics point of view, a logistical point of view or from the perspective of information flows and reporting.

Depending on the specific subject of the thesis, the supervisor and co-supervisor will be chosen by the thesis coordinator and the thesis student. If the specific subject involves aspects which are beyond the fields of attention of the department of Managements Studies, a co-supervisor of another relevant department will be asked to participate.

Students can learn more about education and research related to this discipline by visiting the website of the Management Studies Group.

The following courses are part of the programme Urban Environmental Management when selecting the thesis track Management Studies. The listed courses include the compulsory and restricted optional subjects specific for this thesis track and those that belong to the common part of the programme. Also, there is room for optional subjects which you may use to broaden your scope or to deepen your specialisation. For more information visit the study handbook or contact the study adviser.

The common part
Subject Code Period* Phase
Compulsory subject unless advised otherwise
Principles of Urban Environmental Management ETE-22806 1 AF M1
Research Methods in Environmental Science YRM-20306 1, 2 MO M1
Academic Master Cluster (AMC): select one out of these two courses**
European Workshop Environmental Sciences and Management ESA-60312 6 WD M1
Academic Consultancy Training and Modular Skills Training (MOS) YMC-60809 / YMC-60303 1WD, 2WD, 3WD+4WD, 5WD,6WD M1
Urban courses: select (at least) two
Planning for Urban Quality of Life LUP-23806 2 AF M1
Governance for Sustainable Cities ENP-36806 3 WD M1
Managing Urban Environmental Infrastructure ETE-32806 5 MO M1
Planning and Design of Urban Space ETE-33806 5 AF M1
Thesis track-related subject
Subject Code Period Phase
Compulsory
Environmental Management and Industry ENP-20806 1 MO M1
Circular Economy: Theory and Practice MST-33806 2 AF M1
Strategic Change Management and Innovation MST-32306 5 AF M1
MSc Thesis Management Studies MST-80436 1,2,3,4,5,6 M2
MSc Internship Management Studies MST-70424 1,2,3,4,5,6 M2
*MO = morning; AF = afternoon; WD = whole day
**The restricted optional subjects have to be selected in consultation with the study adviser.
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 may look like:

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