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Environmental and Infrastructure Planning

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 programme in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning (EIP) will fit you well. The programme 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 environmental 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 rethinking 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 programmes: Development Planning and Infrastructure Management (with ITB Bandung, Indonesia) and Water and Coastal Management (with University of Oldenburg, Germany). You can also integrate EIP with our two year Research Master in Spatial Sciences. Please visit the Spatial Sciences programmes page for more information.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
66194
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Spatial Sciences
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • 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 facilities;
  • Optional: double degree programs (e.g. Bandung, Indonesia and Oldenburg, Germany).
Programme
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 for Smart Governance / Project and Programme Management / other elective in semester 1b (5 EC)
Reinventing Environmental Planning (5 EC)
Transitions in Water Management (5 EC)
Elective in semester 2b (5 EC)

Curriculum

For more information about the courses in this programme, please visit http://www.rug.nl/frw/education/master-info-frw/courses-master-environmental-infrastructure-planning. If you are looking for a 2 year master, we offer two Double Degree programmes: Development Planning and Infrastructure Management (with ITB Bandung, Indonesia) and Water and Coastal Management (with University of Oldenburg, Germany). Please visit https://www.rug.nl/frw/programmes-spatial-sciences to find the programme info.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

Proof of academic writing

grade average

We ask of our premaster students a weighted average of a grade 7,0 or higher of year 2 until 4 of the HBO study programme.

language test
  • English at VWO level
  • Comparable to IELTS International English Language Testing System (Academic version) 6.5 (TOEFL: iBT 90), with minimum scores:
  • Listening 6.0 (TOEFL: 18)
  • Reading 6.0 (TOEFL: 18)
  • Writing 6.0 (TOEFL: 21)
  • Speaking 6.0 (TOEFL: 20)
  • Exemptions: Native English speakers or diploma holders from United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland.
  • Our pre-Master programmes are entirely in English. Your level of English must be sufficient to study successfully (VWO leven of English). We advise the following test results: IELTS 6,5; TOEFL 580/237/92; or Cambridge Proficiency or Cambridge Advanced. Please contact the study advisors ( study.advice.fss@rug.nl ) for more information on taking an English test.
math test

A lot of students in the pre-master have difficulties with the course in Mathematics. This means you need a sufficient level of mathematics before you start in the pre-Master.

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, e.g. minor related to urban planning or human geography), landscape architecture, water management**, civil / transport engineering** (**with some basic knowledge on policy making, e.g. minor related to public administration, governance or policy).

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
All Universities of applied sciences

Via a pre-master with a maximum of 60 EC

More information:

For more information about the pre-master please contact the study advisors (study.advice.fss@rug.nl).

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Spatial Planning and DesignAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Human Geography and Urban and Regional PlanningAll Research universities

No additional requirements

More information:

Advice: for your electives choose courses of the bachelor Spatial Planning and Design

Public GovernanceAll Research universities

Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

More information:

For more information about the pre-master please contact the study advisors (study.advice.fss@rug.nl).

Public Administration and Organization ScienceAll Research universities

Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

More information:

For more information about the pre-master please contact the study advisors (study.advice.fss@rug.nl).

Architecture, Urbanism & Building SciencesAll Research universities

Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

More information:

For more information about the pre-master please contact the study advisors (study.advice.fss@rug.nl).

Environmental SciencesAll Research universities

Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

More information:

For more information about the pre-master please contact the study advisors (study.advice.fss@rug.nl).

Civil EngineeringAll Research universities

Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

More information:

For more information about the pre-master please contact the study advisors (study.advice.fss@rug.nl).

Landscape Architecture and PlanningAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
International Land and Water ManagementAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Liberal Arts and SciencesAll Research universities

No additional requirements

More information:

Direct access with Philosophy, Politics & Economics and Physics of Energy. No access with other majors.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

Proof of academic writing

language test
  • English at VWO level
  • Comparable to IELTS International English Language Testing System (Academic version) 6.5 (TOEFL: iBT 90), with minimum scores:
  • Listening 6.0 (TOEFL: 18)
  • Reading 6.0 (TOEFL: 18)
  • Writing 6.0 (TOEFL: 21)
  • Speaking 6.0 (TOEFL: 20)
  • Exemptions: Native English speakers or diploma holders from United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland.
  • Pre-master: minimum of 6.0 for the International English Language Testing System (Academic version) IELTS
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, e.g. minor related to urban planning or human geography), landscape architecture, water management**, civil / transport engineering** (**with some basic knowledge on policy making, e.g. minor related to public administration, governance or policy).

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL internet based90

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 August 201901 September 2019
15 January 202001 February 2020
15 August 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 14350full-time
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14600full-time
After your studies

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.

Check out 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

Check out 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.

See where our alumni end up in this infographic

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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    Taking part in this programme was a life-changing experience

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    I joined the MSc programme in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning as part of the international Double Degree MSc Water and Coastal Management.

    Taking part in this programme was a life-changing experience; as an Israeli with academic experience in the (very different) field of marine biology, I explored the depths of social sciences for the very first time. Furthermore, I was able to get a great taste of life in one of Europe's best student cities. Looking back, I can say that my year at the University of Groningen was a great leap in terms of my ability to deal with complex systems that have a human component, such as my very own home turf, the marine environment. Such experiences are, in my opinion, the foundation for bridging the cultural and scientific gaps that are most pressing on our common, global agenda.

    Eyal Bigal finished the MSc programme in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning in 2016. He is currently working on his PhD at the University of Haifa, Israel. 

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    The Master's in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning gave me the knowledge and tools I needed to make better decisions from a broader insight

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    Our job as planners is to asses and create innovative solutions from a deeper understanding of the problem, taking into account the different stakeholders to reach consensus.

    The Master’s in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning gave me the knowledge and tools I needed to make better decisions from a broader insight, especially when dealing with complex situations and projects. The professionalism of the teaching staff is very high, and it challenged me to always do and give my best. Currently I am working at a Government Ministry, and I am applying all the knowledge I have acquired, putting them into practice by developing sustainable projects, and creating new policies for my country.

     Fabiana Aguilera Yambay obtained her degree of MSc in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning from the University of Groningen in 2015. She is currently working as an urbanist at the Ministry of Housing in her home country, Paraguay.

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    My Master's degree in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning has definitely opened many doors within the working environment of my city

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    The Master's in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning is a challenging and motivating program for planners who, like myself, aim to contribute towards creating better places to live in, hence, more habitable and sustainable cities.

    Moreover, it encompasses accurate planning concepts, tools and knowledge to solve the many difficulties our cities experience. I was captivated by the passion by which the professors educate the students, and in the way they develop an increased interest and understanding in different aspects of urban planning. Being a RUG student, I have broadened my knowledge and skills as a planner. In particular, I have realized the importance of holistic bottom-up approaches, involving all the parties linked to a program or project, who stand to be affected either in a positive or negative way. Personally, I have enjoyed my stay in Groningen and I met amazing people. My Master’s degree in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning has definitely opened many doors within the working environment of my city.

    María Constanza Almeida is currently working as Architect at Ministry of Industry in the region of  Corrientes, Argentina. She obtained her Master’s degree in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning in 2015

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Study support
  • The programme facilitates community building and commitment to enhance performance (through structural feedback, excursions, and introductory activities);
  • The international composition of the student group is used to enrich debate and assignment work;
  • The programme facilitates students in the establishment and enhancement of their own interest agenda's (in assignments, presentations and thesis), and participate in on-going research projects at the department, through individual guidance.