Read more about the programme - Urban Environmental Management

Inadequate water supply, sanitation, waste collection and waste management systems are the cause of serious urban pollution and health hazards in many Asian, African and Latin American cities. The MSc programme Urban Environmental Management is an international and interactive programme providing a balanced curriculum of theory, tools and application. It aims to train students like you to guide the future along the path of sustainable urbanisation.

Aim of the programme

The programme emphasises the development of

  • a cross-disciplinary outlook,
  • critical thinking,
  • analytical, problem-solving and practical decision-making skills

through a combination of teamwork, simulation exercises, field trips and an individual research project.    


The coursework of the MSc Urban Environmental Management consists of one foundation course (common across all thesis tracks), at least two urban courses (out of four) which are specific for this programme and two to three courses that are unique to the thesis track of your choice. The course work concludes with the European Workshop, which is an extensive fieldwork assignment which is commissioned by a local authority and carried out in a selected country of the European Union.

Internship and thesis

The internship programme (16 weeks) provides a valuable opportunity to gain practical experience in a country and organisation of your choice.

The thesis programme (24 weeks) is the individual research project that forms the core component of this master's programme. Within the MSc Urban Environmental management programme, students can specialise in one out of eight disciplines:

  • Environmental Policy (ENP);
  • Urban Environmental Economics (ENR/UEC);
  • Environmental Systems Analysis (ESA);
  • Urban Systems Engineering (ETE).  
  • Geo-Information Science (GRS);
  • Land Use Planning (LUP);
  • Business Management and Organisation (BMO);
  • Water Systems and Global Change (WSG).

Read more about the thesis tracks.

Research quality

Evidently, research quality is of major concern for the thesis-oriented MSc programme Urban Environmental Management.
Wageningen University is a specialised university that is internationally leading in its field of specialisation. The productivity, impact and excellence of its research give Wageningen University an excellent position in the field of "Agriculture and Environment Sciences". This is reflected in the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (HEEACT), also known as NTU ranking. Since the introduction of this field-based bibliometric ranking in 2008, Wageningen University has consistently been leading all European universities. The latest ranking again shows Wageningen University being on the same level as the best American universities.