Programme - 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 40 weeks of coursework; the second year consists of the academic internship (16 weeks) and thesis programme (24 weeks), which are the core components of the master's degree programme. Each of these elements is described in more detail below.

Academic year

Wageningen University has six teaching periods per year, the first, second and fifth last eight weeks, the third and fourth last four weeks and the sixth lasts ten weeks. During an eight-week teaching period, the student takes two six-credit subjects for six weeks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, followed by one week of independent study and one week for the scheduled exams. During a four-week teaching period, the student takes a single six-credit subject. 


Course selection

The coursework consists of several compulsory core subjects (CS), restricted optional subjects (RO), and optional subjects (electives) from any other relevant MSc programme offered by Wageningen University or by another academic institution. This means that you can adjust your personal programme to your own wishes, and either choose a further specialisation or a broadening of your programme. Your study adviser and thesis supervisor will assist you in this process.

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 their major. 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.

Code Name CS/RO (4) Period
ETE-22806 Principles of Urban Environmental Management CS 1
YRM-20306 (1) Research Methods in Environmental Science RO 1,2
LUP-23806 (2) Planning for Urban Quality of Life RO 2
ENP-36806 (2) Governance for Sustainable Cities RO 3
ETE-32806 (2) Managing Urban Environmental Infrastructure RO 5
ETE-33806 (2) Planning and Design of Urban Space RO 5
ESA-60312 (3) European Workshop Environmental Sciences and Management RO1A 6
YMC-60303 + YMC-60809 (3) MOS/ACT RO1B 6
  1. Select this course if your study adviser deems it necessary.
  2. Select (at least) two out of these courses
  3. Choose either RO1A or RO1B in period 6
  4. CS: core subjects; RO: restricted optional subjects

For an explanation and evaluation of the European Workshop, you may refer to this paper (pdf, 202 kB).

Thesis track

Within the MSc Urban Environmental Management programme, students can major in one out of seven disciplines. Each (thesis track) has its own coursework curriculum. The curriculum can also differ between students depending on their preparatory training. To find out which subjects you have to include in your programme, it is advisable to contact the study adviser or consult the Wageningen University Study Handbook.


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. Whilst securing an internship is primarily a responsibility of the student, the participating chair groups 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.

Students with (supervised) work experience on an academic level may exchange the internship for a minor thesis (24 credits) in another field than the major.


The thesis component is the most important part of the MSc Urban Environmental Management programme. It consists of 36 credits 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").

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