The Environmental Policy Group is contributing to the educational program of Wageningen University & Research in several ways.
The Environmental Policy Group offers courses in Environmental Policy and the Social Sciences to the Bachelors and Masters curricula of Environmental Sciences; Urban Environmental Management; Management, Economics and Consumer Studies; International Development Studies and Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management.
The Environmental Policy Group is involved in teaching several courses. Additionally you can do an internship or thesis at our department.
Visit the Study Handbook website for more detailed information.
BSc thesis at ENP
There are possibilities to conduct a BSc thesis at ENP. Please contact the Educational Coordinator Mattijs Smits.
BSc minors coordinated by ENP
The subjects for a thesis research are often associated with the group's five core research innovation themes.
The research areas of ENP are:
1. Sustainable Urban Infrastructures
2. Marine Governance
3. Sustainable Food Transformations
4. Governing Environmental Mobilities
5. Governing Climate Futures
Students who would like to do their MSc thesis at ENP can contact Corry Rothuizen (email@example.com) to make an appointment for an intake with a thesis coordinator in our group. Students are expected to prepare for the intake meeting by selecting one of the five research themes to do their MSc research in and one or two thesis projects of interest that fall under that theme. Alternatively, there is the possibility for students to do something different and develop their own idea for a MSc thesis in Environmental Policy. In that case the student is strongly encouraged to come up with a one-page proposal to the thesis coordinators.
At the intake meeting, the thesis coordinator will discuss the possible supervisors for your thesis topic within the ENP group. Note that students are only allowed to start a thesis when they have completed their Bachelors and the required ENP courses according to their Masters programme (see study handbook).
Once you have made contact with a potential supervisor, you will further select and demarcate the research subject. After that you agreed on the exact research subject, you should register as a thesis student. During the first meeting with your supervisor, you will obtain further information about the thesis trajectory and requirements. Important to know is that the proposal trajectory entails a maximum of three meetings for the proposal writing. During the remaining thesis trajectory, every text will only be read twice: in part (e.g. chapter or section) and in the context of the full draft thesis.
To read more about the how to get started on a Master thesis at ENP, download the Thesis Topic Brochure:
Environmental Policy Internships
Most of the Master students who do a major thesis in the Environmental Policy Group will also do an internship under supervision of ENP.
An internship can be done at various organizations, governments or firms all over the world, as long as the internship at these institutions is related to environmental governance or management.
One major requirement that should be met by the internship provider is that there is guaranteed supervision on an academic level by at least one staff member of the organization.
Occasionally we receive internship vacancies and publish them on ENP's Facebook page and/or on the publication board in the ENP corridor (Leeuwenborch, second floor). If you want to discuss the possibilities for internships, please contact Corry Rothuizen to make an appointment with Mattijs Smits (in case you are a MES or MUE student) or Kris van Koppen.
ENP PhD program
Over the past 5 years, the number of PhD projects has increased considerably, with researchers coming from all parts of the world. Although it is not an official requirement, many PhD researchers prior to the PhD project took part in the MSc program 'Environmental Science and Management' of Wageningen University. All PhD researchers and projects contribute directly to the research program of the ENP group and are included in the research schools SENSE or WASS. All PhD researchers have an officially approved training and supervision program. Research proposals for PhD projects are always presented to and discussed among the other members of the ENP group during so called Research Colloquia.
Those who want to start a PhD at the Environmental Policy group at Wageningen University can find general information on the PhD application procedure on the PhD website of Wageningen University.
For more information on the ENP PhD program, please see research
Specializing in environmental policy at Wageningen University provides the basis for students to work as researchers, advisors, civil servants and policy makers and development organisations. Since 2000 over 350 students have written a thesis under ENP supervision. Over 40 PhD’s have conducted their research at ENP.
MSc Students who write their thesis with the Environmental Policy group will present their work in a MSc Colloquium. You are warmly invited to attend the colloquia.