Communication and Information Studies

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Title/degree: Master of Arts (MA)
Duration: 1 year (60 EC), full-time
Start month: September
Language of instruction: Dutch or English

In quick succession, British Petroleum and the Tokyo Electric Power Company were in the news due to major environmental disasters. In addition to the damage that the oil disaster caused in the US and that the nuclear disaster caused in Japan, the reputation of both companies took a big hit. Tepco and BP both had to work hard to alleviate puplic anxiety and to regain consumers’ trust. What messages needed to be conveyed and to whom? What should have been said? These questions are dealt with the in Dutch Master’s specialisation Communicatie en Beïnvloeding.

Both companies had to deal with international governments and relations. How can you effectively use communication and language while considering the linguistic and cultural differences of everyone involved? This kind of question is the essence of the English specialisation International Business Communication.

The Master’s programme in Communication and Information Studies has the following specialisations:

International Business Communication (in English)
Communicatie en Beïnvloeding (in Dutch)

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Spatial Planning

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Title/degree: Master of Science (MSc)
Duration: 1 year (60 EC), full-time
Start month: September
Language of instruction: English

Spatial planners are fascinated by on-going and future changes in cities and regions and take on the role as managers of those spatial transformations - think of: regenerating shopping districts or old industrial sites; designating water retention areas; shaping urban mobility concepts for the future. Related challenges vary in scale, from individual property to European policy making. The programme's subtitle ‘managing smart cities and regions’ reflects the challenges of current and future urban societies, at a time that ambitions for a ‘New Urban Agenda’ for the 21st century are formulated, with policies and strategies to create more sustainable and equitable urban spaces.

Master's specialisations
You can choose a specialisation that best reflects your passion for spatial planning:

Cities, Water and Climate Change
Gain all necessary knowledge and skills for working on the nexus between urban planning, water and environmental management.

European Spatial and Environmental Planning
Become a spatial planner who understands EU policies, can cooperate with planners across borders and engages with other sectors like environment and economic development.

Planning, Land and Real Estate Development
Discover new perspectives on urban development which you can use in a future role as city developer, either in the public or private sector.

Strategic Spatial Planning
Focus on the strategic and visionary elements of what might be called the ‘new’ planning enterprise.

Urban and Regional Mobility
Look into different integrated mobility systems or transport modes at different spatial scales. Discover new practices and strategies to provide innovative mobility solutions.

Flexible specialisation
We also offer you the opportunity to make your own combination of courses from a list of relevant electives, next to completing the core courses of the programme. For more information, please contact the study advisor.

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Environment and Society Studies

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Title/degree: Master of Science (MSc)
Duration: 1 year (60 EC), full time
Start month: September
Language of instruction: English

Learning how contemporary society deals with its physical environment and how you can help enhance sustainability in the economy, society and politics

How can we work towards a sustainable future? There are plenty of new sustainable technologies, smart governmental instruments and new ideas on organising the market to become more sustainable, but we don’t use them very often. Why is that? What can we learn from cases in which societal change in other countries has been successful?

This programme focuses on the way society deals with its physical environment. We’ll look at the experiences that countries from all around the globe have had, and we will examine both the best and the worst practices. We’ll examine the role played by markets and governments as well as society itself. You’ll become part of the quest for sustainability. How can we make our economies more environmentally-friendly and how can we change our daily behaviour? By using insights from other disciplines such as sociology, psychology, political science and administration, you’ll get a complete overview of the field.

Our multidisciplinary programme allows you to look beyond borders and you’ll discover what is needed on different levels, from the United Nations to the European Union, from individual countries to the local level. What is the role of the EU in promoting the 20-20-20 Agenda? Moreover, what can people themselves do, for example by setting up and running citizens’ initiatives? In short, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills necessary to guide and influence societal transformations towards sustainability.

Master's specialisations
You can choose a specialisation that best reflects your passion for the environment, sustainability and governance. Radboud University offers the following five specialisations in this field:

Global Environment and Sustainability
In this specialisation, you'll study the way complex global sustainability issues are addressed by international governance arrangements, rules and organisations, both public and private. Among the pressing issues are those related to climate change, biodiversity, water quality, the quality of ecosystems and natural resource suppliers.

Corporate Sustainability
The private sector plays a crucial role in shaping our sustainable society. In this specialisation you'll study innovative environmental partnerships, specifically focusing on the role of the societal and ethical responsibility of business and the market with regards to the environment.

Local Environmental Change and Sustainable Cities
In this specialisation you'll focus on the local level of sustainable transformations, in particular the development of sustainable cities and regions. You'll analyse and reflect on sustainable futures, measures and instruments with regard to waste, energy, water, transport and climate-proofing cities and regions.

European Spatial and Environmental Planning
This specialisation will teach you to become a spatial planner who can engage with EU policies, cooperate with planners across borders and coordinate with other sectors such as environment and economic development.

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River Delta Development


River Delta Development is a master program in English. It is ais a joint degree offered by the universities of applied sciences of HZ, VHL, and Rotterdam. The three universities of applied sciences each strive to provide high-quality education that prepares you for an ever-changing work field and is closely interwoven with professional practice and practical research. The focus lies on helping you develop into a facilitator of change in international delta regions.

This master program trains students to be facilitators of change for river deltas. Everywhere in the world, urbanisation and climate change are encroaching upon these fertile, ecologically valuable regions. The challenge is to decrease the vulnerability of river deltas while simultaneously increasing the opportunities for healthy economic and ecological development. In the Master’s programme River Delta Development, these developments are viewed as transitions: progressive, complex changes and adjustments in river delta systems that demand professionals who can intervene effectively. These transitions require innovative, multidisciplinary, and holistic solutions. Versatile delta professionals are required, who not only have knowledge of river delta systems (coasts, seas, and rivers) and the latest developments, but also possess the necessary research and communication skills to make meaningful contributions to these transitions. The central theme of the Master’s programme River Delta Development is: The transition of deltas: from large-scale management to sustainable adaptation.

Location: Middlelburg and Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Duration: 2 years

Main subjects: System Analysis, Research, Insight into Coastal Systems, Insight into Fluvial Systems, Insight into Urban Systems

Admission requirements: Contact our consultants in order to find out how to apply.

Master in Innovative Textile Development

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The textile industry must reinvigorate itself in order to survive and to keep up with the demands in today’s economy and society. Therefore, in this master programme you will acquire knowledge on new textile materials, such as composites, new applications and smart textiles, innovative products and state of the art techniques, such as 3D printing and digitalization. You will learn to develop new product-market combinations, new sustainable products and processes as well as new business concepts based on crossovers with other fields. For example: electronics, mechatronics, industrial product design and mechanical engineering.
You will also develop an enterprising and critical approach, with which you will be able to develop commercially viable products, applications and services. And what’s more: you will be the one who will manage the entire innovation process and lead the multidisciplinary team working on it.

After your graduation you will obtain your Master of Science (MSc) title.

Duration: 1 year

Admission requirements:
• Bachelor degree in business administration
• CV
• Motivation Letter
• Reference Letter (optional)
• registration
• Copy of ID

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