Islands and Sustainability (EM)

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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Islands and Sustainability is an Erasmus Mundus master programme. It combines thorough training in scientific research with a specialization on Islands and Sustainability. Scholarships are available.

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typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee

Please note: All applications are processed and accepted only through our own website at Applications made through the offical University of Groningen website will not be considered.

Islands are special cases for Sustainable Development. Within the current global economic and social system islands in many cases face economic, social, political and cultural marginalization; unless they cooperate. Cooperation is needed in research and education on the ways to manage islands and raise capacity building in island communities. Understanding the problems and finding effective ways to develop the potential of small islands requires international academic cooperation that looks beyond the specifics of individual islands. There is clearly a demand for a high quality Masters programme on sustainable development on islands that can enhance much required training and expertise in this field. This is why the University of Groningen, the University of the Aegean, the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Iceland have joined forces to launch a high-level integrated study programme on islands at Master level.

The ISLANDS programme combines thorough training in scientific research with a thematic specialization on Islands and Sustainability. It also provides multi-faceted training of research skills for social science and environmental research, including Individual Research Training by senior staff and training to work in a multi- and interdisciplinary research group. ISLANDS students will be required to study at the University of Groningen in the first semester and the first half of the second semester of the first year of the programme. Then they study at one of the island-based universities of the consortium where they undertake a Research Internship Module. After returning to Groningen, students will again go to an island-based university to undertake their Master thesis project in the second semester of the second year. ISLANDS graduates receive a double-degree from the University of Groningen (including an acknowledgement that this is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master degree involving all partner universities) and the island-based University. The ISLANDS programme builds on the existing Research Master in Spatial Sciences programme at the University of Groningen (RUG).

For more detailed information, please visit the ISLANDS consortium website.

Waarom aan de RUG?

  • The master offers a unique combination of research, islands and sustainability
  • You will work with professionals and researchers within the field
  • And gain an international perspective on islands and sustainability
  • It is an ideal grounding for a PhD programme
  • You will do fieldwork and evidence-based research
  • You have the opportunity to study and do research in different countries


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1e jaar
Advanced Specialized Research Methods (A&SRM)
10 EC
Joint Multidisciplinary Research Project Islands and Sustainability (Wadden Project) onderzoek
5 EC
Thematic Theoretical Specialization (TTS)
15 EC
Scientific Reading, Debating and Reflecting (Islands and Sustainability)
5 EC
Individual Research Training (IRT)
10 EC
Research at a Renowned Research Institute (Islands Partner Institute)
15 EC
2e jaar
Advanced Research Skills
5 EC
Advanced and Specialized Research Methods (A&SRM)
5 EC
Scientific Reading, Debating and Reflecting (Islands and Sustainability)
5 EC
Research Process and Proposal Writing
5 EC
Thematic Theoretical Specialization (TTS)
10 EC
Individual Master's Thesis (Islands and Sustainability)
30 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
study abroad
Through internship & excursions

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2022
wettelijk tarief : € 4500 (€2250 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 9000
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 9000

1 september 2023

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2023
collegegeld nog niet bekend


Generally, an interview with the applicant, in which attitude, motivation, orientation and competence for a career in (scientific) research are evaluated, forms part of the admission procedure. The interview is scheduled after the required documents have been received and evaluated by the Admissions Board.

Excellent study results and high grades at university level (A range, typically top 10%); Comparable to Dutch grading system: average grade of at least 7, for Bachelor thesis of at least 7.5.

Applicants should have some background knowledge in the Spatial Sciences field (Urban or Regional Studies, Human, Economic or Cultural Geography, Spatial Planning, Environmental and Infrastructure Planning, Demography or Real Estate).

English on VWO level or one of the following equivalents:

  • IELTS overall band 6.5, no less than 6.5 on each section
  • TOEFL internet based:

Overall: 90
Reading: 21
Listening: 21
Speaking: 21
Writing: 24

  • Cambridge English: Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (formerly known as CAE/CPE)
  • European Baccalaureate, English level L1 or L2
  • Please note that TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure

Students should have a Bachelor's degree in a discipline related to Regional Studies, such as Human Geography and Planning, Environment and Infrastructure Planning, or Urban Studies.
Students with a Bachelor's degree in the social or economic sciences also have direct access, preferably with a Minor worth 30 EC in human geography and/or urban and regional planning and/or demography and / or development studies.
For those with a different Bachelor degree, the possibilities for admission are discussed with the coordinator
The direct access is conditional on sufficient English command, the knowledge minimum and the required grades.

All applicants have to submit a detailed CV, list of grades, motivation letter and and one or two reference letters to dr. Frans Sijtsma (

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 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


15 studenten volgen deze opleiding
33% daarvan is vrouw
1 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
0% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


Ibn Battuta
Ibn Battuta is the Faculty Association of Spatial Sciences
Becoming a member of Ibn Battuta means you can join the social drinks, foreign trips, lectures and all other activities organized by the Association. At these events you come into contact with students from all years, which is a great way to make friends that can last a lifetime! Ibn Battuta also organizes informative and career-focused activities. Our informative activities, such as lectures, In-Housedays and the Career Day will help you to orient on your future.

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

Sissal Dahl
Studying islands gives you unique perspectives and practical tools

My name is Sissal and I am currently studying the Islands and Sustainability track within Spatial Sciences at Groningen University - now the new International ERASMUS Mundus Joint Master Programme ISLANDS. I am an islander myself, originally from the Faroe Islands, and was introduced to the world of studying islands during my bachelor studies in human geography. It is therefore both a personal and academic interest in sustainable development trajectories on islands that has led me to this master programme...
When I was looking for master programs and came across the Islands and Sustainability track that is now ISLANDS I instantly knew this was exactly what I want to study. Now, engaging with islands and sustainable development and the community that shares this interest makes me feel like home although being abroad. The programme has given me the amazing opportunity to do an internship with the University of the Aegean on Lesvos this spring. I am looking forward to experiencing an island environment very different from my home, and challenge myself to put my knowledge into practice. I will definitely share more about the internship and my experiences with you later!

lees verder ...


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1/2 RUG
Islands and Sustainability (EM)
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
1 eerstejaars
?% vrouw
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2/2 RUG
Spatial Sciences
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
1 eerstejaars
?% 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


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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Islands and Sustainability (EM) aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 8 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.3 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Academic careers, business consultants, tourism planners and managers, environmental/sustainable management consultants, environmental tourism consultants, local economic development consultants, careers in international organizations/NGOs in the fields of environment and sustainability.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The graduates from the programme are well trained for academic careers, business consultants, tourism planners and managers, environmental/sustainable management consultants, environmental tourism consultants, local economic development consultants, careers in international organizations/NGOs in the fields of environment and sustainability.

The close contacts with URSI researchers and PhD students (as mentors or teachers) in the graduate school allow an easy transition to a PhD position. The Research Internship at a Research Institute is specifically introduced to let the student experience the work atmosphere at a research institute.

During the programme at the University of Groningen we offer support for your career preparation.

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. More information about the FSS Career Services.

See where our Research Master alumni end up in this infographic!

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)
planontwikkelaar infra (wetenschappelijk)
regionaal planoloog
secretaris adviescommissie ruimtelijke kwaliteit (bouw- en woningtoezicht)
senior verkeersplanoloog
wetenschappelijk onderzoeker planologie
bron: CBS


Drs. Nienke Harteveld

Study advisor

T: 0503633906
Reinier Schoep

Study advisor

T: 050-3633906
Saskia Enuma

Study advisor

T: 0503633906
Meer informatie?
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