MSc in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning

General

Program Description

Do you wonder about how cities and urban regions can become more sustainable and liveable? How to design innovative policy solutions for pressing environmental, water and road infrastructure problems?

Then the international Master's program in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning (EIP) will fit you well. The program is unique in integrating three elements: (1) the analysis of urban and regional planning strategies and governance approaches for highly dynamic and complex situations, (2) international comparative research and learning, and (3) a focus on environmental, water and infrastructure-related challenges. Bringing these elements together, you will examine policy programs for flood resilient cities, integrated road infrastructure solutions and tools for more environmentally friendly urban en regional development.

You will be part of an international classroom with students originating from different regions across the globe, some of them having experience in planning practice already. Our dedicated staff will challenge you to rethink real-life planning problems by integrating concepts like self-organization, adaptive capacity, and transition management. Through a mix of interactive teaching methods, you will strengthen your collaboration and communication skills, and your ability to work and think independently.

If you are looking for a 2-year master, we offer two Double Degree programs: Development Planning and Infrastructure Management (with ITB Bandung, Indonesia) and Water and Coastal Management (with the University of Oldenburg, Germany). You can also integrate EIP with our two-year Research Master in Spatial Sciences.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • EIP is the best Planning master in the Netherlands, according to the yearly Elsevier magazine survey;
  • Urban areas and issues of infrastructure, environment, and water;
  • Thinking (policy strategies) and doing (practical work on projects and plans);
  • Compare international theory and practice;
  • A program linked to international (e.g., AESOP) and national (e.g., Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment) institutes;
  • Groningen offers a wide range of English-language course options and facilities.

Program

Year 1

Courses

  • Comparative Research and Planning Practice (5 EC)
  • EIP: Interactive Workshop (5 EC)
  • Planning Theory (5 EC)
  • Dilemmas in Infrastructure Planning (5 EC)
  • Restricted Elective: Planning Methods for Smart Governance (ID) or Project and Programme Management (ID) (5 EC)
  • Master's Thesis Environmental and Infrastructure Planning (20 EC)
  • Reinventing Environmental Planning (5 EC)
  • Transitions in Water Management (5 EC)
  • Optional course (5 EC)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

Specific requirements More information
Additional subject

Proof of academic writing.

Language test
  • English on VWO level
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (A, B or C)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (A, B or C)
  • Minimum of 6,5 for the International English Language Testing System (Academic version) (IELTS). With a minimum of 6,5 on listening, reading, writing and speaking.
  • Minimum of 90 on the internet-based version of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Minimum of 580 on the written version of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Minimum of 237 on the interactive version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Exemptions: native speakers or students with education from the US, Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, United Kingdom or Ireland
Previous education Holders of a certificate from the Bachelor's degree program in Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning (Sociale Geografie & Planologie) from a Dutch university are assumed to have sufficient knowledge and skills and will also be admitted to the degree program on that basis. Admission is also possible for students that have completed the 1st year of a related Double Degree program at the partner university.

International diploma

Specific requirements More information
Additional subject Proof of academic writing
Language test
  • English on VWO level
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (A, B or C)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (A, B or C)
  • Minimum of 6,5 for the International English Language Testing System (Academic version) (IELTS). With a minimum of 6,5 on listening, reading, writing and speaking.
  • Minimum of 90 on the internet-based version of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Minimum of 580 on the written version of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Minimum of 237 on the interactive version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Exemptions: native speakers or students with education from the US, Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, United Kingdom or Ireland
Previous education Bachelor degree in spatial planning, urban/regional planning, urban/regional development, environmental management, human geography, land use planning and management, public administration (*with a focus on spatial analysis and issues, for example, minor related to urban planning or human geography), landscape architecture, water management**, civil / transport engineering** (**with some basic knowledge on policymaking, for example, minor related to public administration, governance or policy).

Language requirements

Exam Minimum score
IELTS overall band 6.5
IELTS listening 6.5
IELTS reading 6.5
IELTS writing 6.5
IELTS speaking 6.5
TOEFL paper-based 580
TOEFL computer-based 237
TOEFL internet-based 90

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

15 August 2020

15 January 2021

15 August 2021

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

01 September 2021

EU/EEA students

01 May 2021

01 September 2021

non-EU/EEA students

01 May 2021

01 September 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 15500 full-time

Job prospects

The Master opens up a wide field of potential careers in both the public domain and the private sectors. Our graduates:

  • Work in Governments: as policy advisors at international, national, provincial and local offices in charge of spatial planning, transportation or water management.
  • Work in Consultancy: as project managers national and international firms in engineering, design, and sustainability.
  • Start their own business or go into research.

How we boost your future career

We support you in developing a rich set of tools as well as a reflexive attitude that allows you to create innovative solutions for the sustainability and resilience of cities and regions. We do so in various ways:

  1. Strategic partnerships with organizations in planning practice: National Agency on Public Works and Water Management, Witteveen+Bos Engineering and Consultancy, Royal HaskoningDHVEngineering, design and project management;
  2. Guest lectures, field trips and workshops embedded in the course;
  3. Three times per year 'A day in planning practice', with company visits;
  4. Excursions and 'Meet-alumni' events organized by our student organizations;
  5. Twice per year the Graduate Research Day. A networking event to meet future employers.

Throughout the year we offer support for practical career preparation and employability skills. Workshops are given about leadership, job interviews and how to present yourself.

Research

The research agenda of the Department of Spatial Planning and Environment focuses on ‘Institutional Innovation and Spatial Transformation’, as part of the Faculty's Research Program ‘towards Wellbeing, Innovation, and Spatial Transformation’ (tWIST). This theme concentrates on the relationships between institutional innovation (improved policy making) and spatial transformation (changing cities and regions). We pursue:

  • To develop new opportunities for intervening in physical and social structures to enhance the quality of life.
  • To understand on-going spatial transformations and develop opportunities for governance intervention.
  • To help establish capable and sustainable regions, cities and communities.

Examples of research projects related to EIP

‘Playing with Urban Complexity’ – Dr. Ir. Katherina Gugerell

This research project aims to foster the understanding of complex urban problems by combining participatory processes with serious games in a co-located setting. In particular, the project seeks to explore how game mechanics can be used to engage the actor group of young adults to make informed decisions that have an impact on their respective urban carbon footprints.

‘Flood Resilience in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom’ – Steven Forrest

This Ph.D. research analyses the interactions between different actors at the local level, and the roles/responsibilities of the local state, civil society and the market in flood resilience. A short video about the Ph.D. research can be found here.

‘INTENSSS-PA’ – Christian Zuidema

The INTENSSS-PA project is an EU funded Horizon 2020 project that studies the integration of sustainable energy measures, land uses and technologies within the spatial and socio-economic landscape. It is focused on the process of institutional innovation needed for developing integrated sustainable energy plans.

‘SMART Campus Zernike Groningen’ – Dr. Elen-Maarja Trell

A research project carried out in collaboration with RIO projects and the Municipality of Groningen with support from Regio Groningen Assen and Zernike Campus.

Last updated Jul 2020

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