Study programme - MSc Urban Environmental Management

The MSc programme Urban Environmental Management runs annually beginning from September. It comprises 120 ECTS credits and runs for two academic years. The first year consists of coursework (60 ECTS), the second year consists of the academic internship (24 ECTS) and your thesis (36 ECTS) as the core components of the master’s degree curriculum. Each of these elements is described in more detail below.

Academic year

Wageningen University has six teaching periods per year. Usually you follow one or two courses per period, depending the length of the period. Learn more about the academic year of Wageningen University.


Course selection

The coursework consists of several compulsory core subjects or restricted optional subjects of the common part that are mandatory for your programme and your thesis track. In addition, you will attend free choice subjects (electives) from any relevant MSc course offered at Wageningen University or another academic institution (subject to approval). Thus, in consultation with your study adviser, your programme can be truly tailor-made.

The common part

The common part of the MSc Urban Environmental Management programme is listed below. These courses are compulsory or restricted optional for all students of the MSc Urban Environmental Management programme independent of your thesis track. This table shows the courses in the common part. The last two digits of a course code indicate the amount of European credit points of that course.

Subject Code
Principles of Urban Environmental Management ETE22806
Two e-learning Safety Instructions are compulsory in order to work safely at Wageningen University and in the field (0 ECTS):
General Safety ZSS06000
Fieldwork Safety ZSS06200
Compulsory unless your study adviser indicates differently. This depends on your previous education and experience:*
Research Methodology in Environmental Sciences YRM20306
Restricted optional: select one
Academic Consultancy Training and Modular Skills Training (MOS) ** YMC60809
European Workshop Environmental Sciences and Management ESA60312
Atelier Landscape Architecture and Planning and Modular Skills Training (MOS) LUP60809

This course overview is based on the Wageningen University study handbook, where you can find a more detailed course and programme description. The study handbook is guiding in case of any discrepancy.

*Depending on your background quantitative and data sciences courses can support you in preparation of your thesis. They are optional and you can find the exact list in the study handbook at the section “Restricted Optionals (2) in Common part”.

**To get the list of the skills courses, select “courses” in the green menu bar of the study handbook. On the left side (gey area) click “Modular Skills Training Course (MOS)” and check the box “Yes, this is a Modular Skills Training course”.

Thesis track

Within the MSc Urban Environmental Management programme, you can specialise in the field of your interest by choosing one of the eight different thesis tracks. Each thesis track has its own coursework curriculum. The curriculum can also differ between students depending on their preparatory training. The thesis track-related courses primarily serve to prepare you for your thesis research and internship. A course overview per thesis track can be found on the thesis track-specific pages.

Free choice

In the programme there is also room for electives which you may use to broaden your scope or to deepen your knowledge on a topic of your specialisation. Have a look at the study handbook and you will get an impression on the courses offered at Wageningen University.

Career-oriented tracks

In addition to the wide choice of scientific disciplines, you can choose to include one of the following career-oriented tracks in your programme:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Research

Read more about Career preparation during your studies.


The academic internship consists of 24 credits of practical work outside Wageningen University. The purpose of the internship is to provide students with a unique learning opportunity to apply the achieved skills and learned concepts in a professional setting. The experience gained from the internship also serves to help students focusing on their area of interest as well as building confidence and maturity in their field.

Internship positions

Whilst securing an internship is primarily a responsibility of the student, the internship coordinator will provide substantial assistance in finding a suitable position, ensuring that the work experience is relevant to the student's study programme. The internship may either be undertaken in the Netherlands or abroad. Credits for an internship are awarded only if the internship supervisor at the participating chair groups assesses the work and the report as satisfactory at least.

Internship replacement

Students with (supervised) work experience on an academic level may exchange the internship for a research practice with another chair group than the one where the thesis is done. Approval by the study adviser is required.


The thesis component is the most important part of the MSc Urban Environmental Management programme. It consists of 36 ECTS with research usually being conducted under the supervision of a staff member with the relevant chair group. If the chair group agrees, research may also take place in another academic institution or research institute. Students decide on the topic of their research in consultation with their thesis supervisor. The research will be concluded with a written thesis which is assessed and graded by the supervisor, together with another independent staff member. The students will present their results in a seminar ("colloquium").