Environmental and Infrastructure Planning

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
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 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.

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diplomaMSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning
typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma
Master video Environmental & Infrastructure Planning

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

  • 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).

Open dagen en meeloopdagen

Masterweek Groningen
Van 19 t/m 23 november organiseren de faculteiten op verschillende dagen mastervoorlichting op locatie. Ontmoet de docenten en studenten van de Groningse masteropleidingen. En proef de sfeer in de facultaire gebouwen, collegezalen en laboratoria en natuurlijk in de stad Groningen.
Mastervoorlichting FRW Groningen


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opbouwFor 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.
Comparative Research and Planning Practice
5 EC
Master's Thesis EIP onderzoek
20 EC
EIP: Interactive Workshop
5 EC
Planning Theory
5 EC
Dilemmas in Infrastructure Planning
5 EC
Planning Methods and Evaluation/Project and Programme Management/other elective in semester 1b
5 EC
Reinventing Environmental Planning
5 EC
Transitions in Water Management
5 EC
Professional Developm/other elective in semester 2b
5 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet50% zelfstudie
35% theorie
15% praktijk
  • 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.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 februari 2019
aanmelding deadline : 15 januari 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 15 augustus 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
instellingstarief : € 2060
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14350
1 september 2019
aanmelding deadline : 15 augustus 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend

aanvullende vakeisen
Proof of academic writing

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.


  • English at VWO level
  • Comparable to IELTS International English Language Testing System (Academic version) 6.5, with minimum scores:
  • Listening 6.0
  • Reading 6.0
  • Writing 6.0
  • Speaking 6.0
  • 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.

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).

estimated monthly costs

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303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


109 studenten volgen deze opleiding
28% daarvan is vrouw
10 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
80% daarvan is vrouw
28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


Ibn Battuta
Faculty Association of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences from the University of Groningen

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Eyal Bigal
afgestudeerd in 2016 werkzaam als PhD bij University of Haifa, Israel
Taking part in this programme was a life-changing experience

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...
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. 

lees verder ...
Fabiana Aguilera Yambay
afgestudeerd in 2015 werkzaam als Urbanist bij Ministry of Housing in Paraguay
The Master's in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning gave me the knowledge and tools I needed to make better decisions from a broader insight

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...
She is currently working as an urbanist at the Ministry of Housing in her home country, Paraguay.

lees verder ...
María Constanza Almeida
afgestudeerd in 2015 werkzaam als Architect bij Ministry of Industry in Argentina
My Master's degree in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning has definitely opened many doors within the working environment of my city

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...
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

lees verder ...
9 minute lecture on the future of city planning


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1/3 Rijksuniversiteit
Environmental and Infrastructure Planning
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
10 eerstejaars
80% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/3 Rijksuniversiteit
DDM Development Planning and Infrastructure Management
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
10 eerstejaars
80% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
3/3 Rijksuniversiteit
DDM Water and Coastal Management
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
10 eerstejaars
80% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers

bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete 2017
algemeen oordeel3.93.8


De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Environmental and Infrastructure Planning aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 29 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.9 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

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

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Potentiële beroepen

  • afdelingshoofd ruimtelijke ordening
  • bedrijfshoofd bureau planologisch onderzoek (management)
  • bedrijfshoofd bureau planologisch onderzoek (meewerkend <50%)
  • beleidsmedewerker infrastructuur, planologie en volkshuisvesting (wetenschappelijk)
  • directeur bureau planologische dienst, onderzoek
  • hoofd milieudienstverlening
  • manager bureau planologische dienst, onderzoek (groot bedrijf)
  • planoloog
  • planontwikkelaar infra (wetenschappelijk)
  • regionaal planoloog
  • secretaris adviescommissie ruimtelijke kwaliteit (bouw- en woningtoezicht)
  • senior verkeersplanoloog
  • wetenschappelijk onderzoeker planologie
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Saskia Enuma

Study advisor

E: study.advice.fss@rug.nl
T: 050 36 33906
Drs. Nienke Harteveld

Study advisor

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