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Subject : Urban Environmental Management (MSc)

Course Duration: 2 years
Course Period : September 2006 - July 2008
Tuition Fee : € 13,820 (composite fee) + € 1,815 (research fee)
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands

Novel approaches to urban environmental management draw on a number of scientific disciplines, and their implementation requires a mix of technical and managerial competencies and skills. The Urban Environmental Management (UEM) programme equips students with the outlook, concepts and tools to manage the urban environment. Graduates of this programme have a solid understanding of the latest urban environment research, a cross-disciplinary outlook and practical decision making and problem-solving skills.

The UEM programme has a strongly international character. It is also highly interactive, with much emphasis on teamwork, hands-on simulation exercises and field trips. The programme is comprised of three elements. The UEM instruction curriculum (40 weeks) is a flexible programme that ends with an extensive fieldwork assignment carried out in (and for) municipalities at various locations in the European Union. The UEM internship programme (16 weeks) offers you a valuable opportunity to gain practical experience while working in a country and organisation of your choice. The UEM thesis programme (26 weeks) is the core of the programme. It can also be tailored to your needs. The thesis trajectories that are offered include:

  • Urban environmental management systems, focusing on environmental quality assurance systems for municipal organisations, such as the European Eco-management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and ISO 14001 certification.
  • Sustainable building and urban energy, focusing on the sustainable planning and management of the urban building stock at both the city and individual building level; there is a specific emphasis on zero-impact construction and building management.
  • Urban infrastructure management, focusing on infrastructure services provision (water supply, solid waste, transport etc.) and utility management issues such as privatisation, benchmarking, outsourcing and environmental quality management.
  • Graduates from the UEM programme can enter or continue careers in city management, environmental research, urban planning and environmental consulting, water, waste, transport, construction and building stock management.

    Admission Requirements:
    in urban studies, the environmental or social sciences, or related fields.
    TOEFL Score of 575 or IELTS 6.5