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DDM Water and Coastal Management

Managing water resources, river catchments, and coastal zones are outstanding challenges of today and tomorrow!

Global changes ask for a comprehensive scientific approach, an international multidisciplinary orientation and require a new mind-set towards water and coastal management problems. In response to these challenges and to provide an inspiring atmosphere for the development of an academic and professional career, we designed our unique Double Degree Master (DDM) program 'Water and Coastal Management', merging the strongest expertise of the two partner-universities, the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) and Carl-von-Ossietzky-University Oldenburg (Germany).

Taught by outstanding experts highly conversant with environmental, socio-economic, and spatial sciences, you will be trained to manage the water and coastal resources of future societies in a sustainable way. The University of Oldenburg gives you the opportunity to learn about the marine environment and sustainable management; the University of Groningen offers its outstanding knowledge on spatial science, in particular water management and environmental and infrastructure planning. The ability to integrate both makes the successful student an expert in water and coastal management!

For Dutch students: the 'Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam' offers the DIA-Stipendium, a scholarship for Dutch students in Germany. Students can apply twice a year, deadlines are July 1st and December 1st. https://www.studereninduitsland.nl/beurzen/dia-stipendium

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning
Course type
Double Degree master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
66194
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Spatial Sciences
Why study this programme in Groningen?

You have the unique opportunity to study abroad, in an international atmosphere and in a familiar surrounding. Get to know the two Universities Groningen and Oldenburg, find the organising institutions FRW and the ICBM, Learn more about the innovative WCM-master, about the enthralling curriculum, and about the outstanding perspectives and how to enrol.

Programme

The first year in Oldenburg your study program starts in October and consists of a mix of compulsory and elective modules in three broad categories: Planning, Science and Socio-Economics. During the second year in Groningen the focus will be on international spatial planning (systems and practices), institutional design and related topics. Throughout the different modules, you will be working on water and coastal management related assignments and your master thesis. The program has a fixed orde

The first year in Oldenburg: the year is divided into two terms: "Wintersemester" and "Sommersemester". The winter term begins officially on October 1 and ends on March 31. The summer term begins on April 1 and ends on September 30. However, the lecture period only runs from mid-October until mid-February and from mid-April until the middle/end of July. The remaining time, the so-called "vorlesungsfreie Zeit", is intended for writing papers, preparing exams, excursions or for internships.

For more information about the curriculum in Oldenburg see: http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/wcm/study-program/two-semesters-in-oldenburg/

Courses
Basic Ecological Processes (6 EC)
Bioenergy (6 EC)
Cases in Coastal Zone Management (6 EC)
Case Study (12 EC)
GIS for WCM (6 EC)
International Sustainability Management (6 EC)
Marine Regulations (6 EC)
Marine Sediments (6 EC)
Nature Conservation in Practice (6 EC)
Resource and Energy Economics (6 EC)
River Development, Water Management and Conservation (6 EC)
Selected Topics in Environmental Sciences (6 EC)
Selected Topics in SEM (6 EC)
Spatial Planning for Sustainable Development (6 EC)
Understanding Bioplanet Earth (6 EC)

The second year you study the master Environmental and Infrastructure Planning at the RUG. The year starts on September 1. See http://www.rug.nl/masters/environmental-and-infrastructure-planning/ for more information about this master.

Periods
Courses1234
Comparative Research and Planning Practice (5 EC)
EIP: Interactive Workshop (5 EC)
Planning Theory (5 EC)
Master's Thesis EIP (20 EC)
Dilemmas in Infrastructure Planning (5 EC)
Planning Methods and Evaluation/Project and Programme Management/other elective in semester 1b (5 EC, optional)
Reinventing Environmental Planning (5 EC)
Transitions in Water Management (5 EC)
Professional Development/other elective in semester 2b (5 EC, optional)

Curriculum

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is required

The first year of your Double Degree Water and Coastal Management you follow courses in Oldenburg, Germany. The second year you study the master Environmental and Infrastructure Planning at the RUG in Groningen, the Netherlands. More information about the University of Oldenburg is available on http://www.studium.uni-oldenburg.de/30135.html?id_studg=319

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
reference letter

Strongly advised

written request

This master-program is "non-consecutive" meaning you need no special bachelor degree to enroll but you should be able to motivate your choice and explain your interest in the program.

Send your application to enroll for the first year in Oldenburg: 1. If you have a German university degree: to the Immatrikulationsamt (See: http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/immatrikulationsamt/) 2. If you have a bachelor degree from the University of Groningen: directly to Immatrikulationsamt and to prof. Ingo Mose (Ingo.Mose@uni-oldenburg.de) 3. If you have an international degree: to the International Student Office (ISO) (See: http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/en/iso/)

For the second year in Groningen you need to submit an enrollment application via Studielink website and select 'Environment and Infrastructure Planning' as the study program you wish to be enrolled for. You are also asked to send a copy of your (certified) bachelor's diploma, grades list and a copy of ID-card/passport to the admissions office, admissions@rug.nl. More information about enrollment in Groningen will be provided during your first study year in Oldenburg.

other admission requirements

All applicants should include the following information: 1. The Bachelor diploma 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. Motivation letter 4. Letter of recommendation 5. English language certificate

This master-program is "non-consecutive" meaning you need no special bachelor degree to enroll but you should be able to motivate your choice for the program. In addition, your average grade from the bachelor studies should be no lower than 2.5 (German grading system) or 7.5 (Dutch system). It is possible to compensate for some missing grade points with the motivation letter and letters of reference if your average is 7.0 or 6.5 (Dutch system). For more information see Admission regulations (Zugangsordnung at http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/wcm/enrolment/)

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
reference letter

Strongly advised

written request

This master-program is "non-consecutive" meaning you need no special bachelor degree to enroll but you should be able to motivate your choice and explain your interest in the program.

Send your application to enroll in Oldenburg: 1. If you have a German university degree: to the Immatrikulationsamt (See: http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/immatrikulationsamt/) 2. If you have a bachelor degree from the University of Groningen: directly to Immatrikulationsamt and to prof. Ingo Mose (Ingo.Mose@uni-oldenburg.de) 3. If you have an international degree: to the International Student Office (ISO) (See: http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/en/iso/)

For the second year in Groningen you need to submit an enrolment application via Studielink website and select 'Environment and Infrastructure Planning' as the study program you wish to be enrolled for. You are also asked to send a copy of your (certified) bachelor's diploma, grades list and a copy of ID-card/passport to the admissions office, to admissions@rug.nl. More information about enrolment in Groningen will be provided during your first study year in Oldenburg.

other admission requirements

All applicants should include the following information: 1. The Bachelor diploma 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. Motivation letter 4. Letter of recommendation 5. English language certificate

To enrol in this programme an average grade requirement applies. Please see: http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/fileadmin/user_upload/studg/wcm/ZO_WCM_31.05.14.pdf or the study brochure for more information.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 July 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students15 July 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students15 July 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14650full-time

The costs in Oldenburg are different.

Semester fee is 401,27 € (for winter term 2019/2020) this includes the semester ticket and administrative costs.

The fees have to be paid each semester. Total fee for a year in Oldenburg is: 2 x 401,27 euro.

FEES FOR NON-EUROPEAN STUDENTS The fees in Oldenburg are the same for EU and non-EU-Students

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

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

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

Get to know the personal stories of alumni in our   brochure  

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 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 ManagementWitteveen+Bos Engineering and ConsultancyRoyal HaskoningDHVEngineering, design and project management
  2. Guest lectures, field trips and workshops embedded in the course
  3. 3x per year 'A day in planning practice', with company visits
  4. Excursions and 'Meet-alumni' events organised by our student organizations
  5. 2x per year the Graduate Research Day. A networking event to meet future employers

 

Have a look at our Roadmap on exploring planning practice & the labour market.

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. These Career Services are provided by the Careers Company and the UG Career Services.

Research

Research

The DDM Water and Coastal Management program is closely connected to the research agenda of the Department of Spatial Planning and Environment, more specifically to the agenda of the research group 'Coastal Resilience'.

Coastal Resilience Research Group (CRRG) conducts research on a wide range of water and coastal management, coastal sustainability, governance, wellbeing and regional decline related issues. The starting point of CRRG research is the realization of the high level of complexity and nuance of the problems emerging in vulnerable areas in times of changing climate, population and economic conditions. The ambition of the CRRG is to contribute to strengthening coastal regions and establishing sustainable communities. By doing that CRRG contributes to the university-wide research focus area Sustainable Society and to the Faculty of Spatial Sciences research mission tWIST (Towards well-being, innovation and spatial transformation) .

CRRG research covers a variety of issues: adaptive governance for flood prone areas; resilience of rural communities; governance of protected landscapes; ecosystem- and coastal vulnerability; the role of arts in building community resilience; tourism in vulnerable coastal regions; risk communication and disaster recovery. Please visit our 'people' or 'projects' link for more details on our individual research projects.

Researchers:

  • Dr. Elen-Maarja Trell
  • Dr. Margo van den Brink
  • Steven Forrest
  • Britta Restemeyer
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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme DDM Water and Coastal Management, please contact:

  • Saskia Enuma (Study advisor Spatial Sciences (Groningen))
    Email: study.advice.fss@rug.nl
    Telephone: 050 36 33906
  • Drs. Nienke Harteveld (Study advisor Spatial Sciences (Groningen))
    Email: study.advice.fss@rug.nl
    Telephone: 050 36 33906
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						Testimonial of Jorian Wals

    My understanding of water- and coastal management and infrastructure planning helps me to be a better advisor in my professional environment

    – Jorian Wals
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    I started in 2014 with the Double Degree MSc programme Water and Coastal Management at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg (Germany) and the University of Groningen.

    The combination of issues with regard to water (quality and quantity) and changes in infrastructure systems, that become increasingly pressing in the near feature, were for me key drivers to start with this program. I think what makes this program unique is the interrelatedness of these issues along with the international experiences that this program inhibits (studying and living in two countries, multiple international field-trips). The field trips to the UK, Estonia and the many practical (though scientific) oriented courses were main characteristics of the program that made it very attractive and enjoyable to me. Present, my understanding of water- and coastal management and infrastructure planning helps me to be a better advisor in my professional environment.

    Jorian Wals finished his double degree MSc programme Water and Coastal Management in 2016. He currently works as advisor Contracts and Procurement at Witteveen+Bos Consulting Engineers.

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						Testimonial of Britta Restemeyer

    The Master perfectly prepared me for the interdisciplinary and intercultural work setting I am in now

    – Britta Restemeyer
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    The Double Degree Master Programme Water and Coastal Management offered me an ideal opportunity to pursue my interest in 'flood resilient cities', after I did my Bachelors in urban planning.

    I really appreciated the great mix between natural sciences (e.g. ecology and geo-morphology) and social sciences (e.g. sustainability management and spatial planning) that the programme offered. Although there was a clear study programme, it was flexible enough to follow my own interests and trajectory. A clear benefit of the programme is that you get to know two different (research) cultures and meet people from all over the world. I absolutely enjoyed the many projects and case studies that we did together. In these group works, I learned most from my fellow students, who often had a completely different background than me. Overall, the Master perfectly prepared me for the interdisciplinary and intercultural work setting I am in now.

    Britta Restemeyer, PhD researcher and Lecturer at the University of Groningen, Department of Spatial Planning and Environment

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