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Master's specialisationCities, Water and Climate Change

Are you interested in climate proofing cities or in making cities climate-neutral? This Master's specialisation prepares students for working on the nexus between urban planning, water and environmental management.

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Something for you?

  • You will develop governance strategies for climate proofing cities and for reducing urban carbon emissions.
  • You will develop strategies for flood risk management in delta areas.
  • You are trained to think outside given boxes, by combining well-established core courses with electives.
  • Small, almost 'family-like' department that covers a broad range of topics with a strong track record in related research.
Why study this programme?

Admission requirements

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What will you learn

The Master's specialisation in Cities, Water and Climate Change discusses the relationship between city planning and development, climate mitigation and adaptation. Cities, because of high levels of energy consumption and mobility, are the main contributors to climate change. At the same time, cities, because of their population density, are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. This Master's specialisation prepares students for working on the nexus between urban planning, water and environmental management.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

You will develop a deep understanding of the governance of water and climate issues in urban areas, which makes you well suited for a job position such as:

  • Policy advisor at a water authority
  • Consultant on climate proofing cities
  • Policy maker for spatial adaptation at a province or municipality

Career prospects


To indicate the type of research in this specialisation, a few examples:

  • How can we implement nature-based solutions in flood risk management?
  • How can we climate proof cities?
  • Which strategies can be used to upscale innovations in drought management?
  • How should be organize citizen participation in the energy transition?
  • What are the spatial implications of sea level rise?

Questions about this programme?

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this Master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.