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MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning

Course Description

Environmental and Infrastructure Planning (EIP) focuses on the sustainable planning of infrastructure. It does so from a spatial planning perspective. This means that you will not only explore infrastructure planning, realization and management concerning roads, utilities and water systems; you will also learn about the relationship between societal and political processes.

The Master's degree focuses on students with an academic interest in designing policy solutions for problems in the field of environment, such as climate change. It will also give you the chance to learn more about issues concerning water, like flooding, and infrastructure project, for example the growth of mobility. The programme emphasizes the integration of technical knowledge with knowledge of planning and planning processes.

The interdisciplinary character of EIP is reflected in the contents of its curriculum. Several courses will strengthen your knowledge of issues in EIP and the tools you use in this discipline. To satisfy your individual academic interests, a number of electives are available. You complete the programme by writing a thesis.

Why 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).

Job perspectives

The diversity and complexity of EIP opens up a wide field of potential careers. The government is an important employer. Many EIP graduates start as a policy adviser within international, national, provincial and local offices in charge of spatial planning, transportation or water management. You can also find a job in the private sector where especially consultancy firms are keen to hire our graduates. It is also possible to start your own business or go into research.

The Msc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning (EIP) program follows a research agenda at the Department of Spatial Planning and Environment.

This research agenda concentrates on the relationships between institutional innovation (improved policy making) and spatial transformation (changing cities and regions). As a result, the lecturers in EIP try to:

CLARIFY notions of sustainability, capability, quality of life (wellbeing), adaptiveness, and resilience.EXPLAIN spatial transformation in terms of urban and regional change;CONCEPTUALIZE these insights for input to the theoretical debate and the empirical understanding of (mainly) Dutch, European and Asian planning practice.PROPOSE innovative realistic strategies and policy improvement for issues of infrastructure, water, and the environment;

The research questions underpinning EIP are:
- how do we establish possibilities for the sustainable development of our cities and regions?how do we integrate roads, water, environment and energy in comprehensive decisions?

Visit the MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning page on the University of Groningen website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Bachelor's degree in spatial planning, development, environmental management, human geography, etc.

Course Fees

2015/16 EU/EEA: €1951 (Full-time); non-EU/EEA: €11000 (Full-time)

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