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DDM Urban Planning, Environment and Infrastucture

Do you want to study topics in urban planning, environment and infrastructure in the context of Europe and Southeast Asia? Join our Double Degree Master in Urban Planning, Environment and Infrastructure!

The Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen (UG), the Netherlands, and the Department of Architecture and Planning at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia have jointly created a Double Degree Master programme. It combines content from the master Urban and Regional Planning at UGM with content from the master Environmental and Infrastructure Planning at UG. Students start their two year programme with a year in Indonesia, followed by a year in the Netherlands.

You will learn about urban theories, spatial methods, smart governance, water management and apply your knowledge in urban planning and design studios at different scales, taking into consideration the social context and planning politics. You will learn to solve real-world problems by using acquired skills and techniques.

Gadjah Mada University, located in the city of Yogyakarta, is one of the oldest and largest institutions of higher education in Indonesia. The city is home to thousands of students from across the world. Yogyakarta’s unique landscape, heritage and culture make it an interesting place for those studying urban planning. In addition, you will enrich your study experience in Groningen, the Netherlands. The University of Groningen is one of the world’s leading universities. Learn from the best and take advantage of exciting research opportunities connecting Europe and Southeast Asia.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning
Course type
Double Degree master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
66194
Language of instruction
English
Start
Faculty
Spatial Sciences
Why study this programme 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;
  • 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 facilitie
Programme

At Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia, semester I runs from August to December. Semester II runs from January to May.

Curriculum

The first year will take place at Universitas Gadjah Mada, the Urban and Regional Planning master programme, see https://archiplan.ugm.ac.id/en/programmes1/master-in-urban-and-regional-planning/. The second year is Environmental and Infrastructure Planning at University of Groningen, see https://www.rug.nl/frw/eip.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is required

The first year is at Univeristas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. The second year is at University of Groningen.

Entry requirements

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
All Research universities

Via a pre-master

More information:

See Environmental and Infrastructural Planning & Socio-spatial Planning or contact Paul van Steen iofss rug.nl

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test
  • English on VWO level
  • IELTS overall band 6.5, no less than 6.0 on each section
  • TOEFL internet based:
  • Overall: 90
  • Reading: 18
  • Listening: 18
  • Speaking: 20
  • Writing: 21
  • Cambridge English: Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (formerly known as CAE/CPE)
  • Please note that TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure
previous education

See Environmental and Infrastructural Planning or contact our study advisors study.advice.fss rug.nl

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test
  • English on VWO level
  • IELTS overall band 6.5, no less than 6.0 on each section
  • TOEFL internet based:
  • Overall: 90
  • Reading: 18
  • Listening: 18
  • Speaking: 20
  • Writing: 21
  • Cambridge English: Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (formerly known as CAE/CPE)
  • Please note that TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure
previous education

See Environmental and Infrastructural Planning or contact our study advisors study.advice.fss rug.nl

Tuition fees

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Our graduates work in:

  • Different levels of government
  • Consultancies, housing associations and developers (private sector)
  • NGOs (environmental, social, heritage)
  • Universities and research institutes

We support you in developing a rich set of analytical tools and practical skills that allow you to create sustainable cities. A master in Planning makes you a critical (even a little activist) professional who knows how to engage citizens in the major spatial transformations of our times.

Research

Research in the master

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 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 PhD 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 PhD research can be found here.

‘INTENSSS-PA’ – Christian Zuidema

The INTENSSS-PA project is a 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.

Overview of publications and other activities

Research database Faculty of Spatial Sciences

Overview staff Department of Spatial Planning and Environment

Sustainable Road Infrastructure publications

ResearchGate Department of Spatial Planning and Environment

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Contact

  • Onderwijs voorlichting
    Email: studiekiezers rug.nl
    Telephone: 050-3639011
  • Drs. Nienke Harteveld (Study advisor)
    Email: study.advice.fss rug.nl
    Telephone: 0503633906
  • Saskia Enuma (Study advisor)
    Email: study.advice.frw rug.nl
    Telephone: 050 36 33906

Study associations

Ibn Battuta

Ibn Battuta is the Faculty Association of Spatial Sciences
Becoming a member of Ibn Battuta means you can join the social drinks, foreign trips, lectures and all other activities organized by the Association. At these events you come into contact with students from all years, which is a great way to make friends that can last a lifetime! Ibn Battuta also organizes informative and career-focused activities. Our informative activities, such as lectures, In-Housedays and the Career Day will help you to orient on your future.
https://www.ibnbattuta.nl/
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