MSc MADE (Metropolitan Analysis, Design & Engineering)

The Master program Metropolitan Analysis, Design and Engineering (MSc MADE) focuses on our cities and metropolitan regions, which face the challenges of sustainability and quality of life in a fast urbanising world. Issues of mobility and logistics, water and waste management, energy and food security, health and wellbeing are at risk. Therefore, MSc MADE brings together multidisciplinary teams of students in Amsterdam to address questions such as: How to keep our metropoles connected? How to safeguard its vitality? How to aim for the circular city?

At the heart of the AMS Institute's educational activities is the two-year master program MSc MADE. MSc MADE aims to provide innovative education and deliver excellent, interdisciplinary engineers with the theoretical grounding and practical skills to deal with the complex challenges of cities. The two-year master programme will be offered as a joint degree programme in Amsterdam by Wageningen University & Research and Delft University of Technology.

“Urban challenges demand smart and interdisciplinary solutions that are developed in close collaboration with both citizens and industry. In turn, these challenges require urban professionals who see opportunities in the most complex sustainable problems.”

Nina Bohm

Research Fellow

MSc MADE students

During introduction day September 2018

Lecture by Arjan van Timmeren

Generating and disseminating knowledge is essential to develop a deep understanding of, and solid solutions for the cities of today and tomorrow.

Designing solutions

With Amsterdam as a living lab, the institute’s educational activities for current and future professionals, aim to create a perfect environment to develop the research, design and innovation skills essential for a vital, connected and circular (future) city.

MSc MADE students

During introduction day September 2018

Exploring the city

MSc MADE students use the city of Amsterdam as their Living Lab.

What you will learn
Students learn how to act in an environment where a variety of systems and networks shape the metropolitan region and flows in the city, and where a broad range of human actors and entities are influencing the whole. Students learn how to create understanding by making use of new technologies, enabling a much faster and accurate use of data on cities, and at larger scales than ever before.

Students learn the competencies of entrepreneurial and innovative thinking and acting in order to skill themselves as unique inter- and trans-disciplinary analyst, designer and engineer in the metropolitan environment. In addition, tailor-made, self-designed tracks in Wageningen or/and Delft facilitate specialization. Graduation projects are carried out in the second year. The living laboratory of Amsterdam supports cooperation with one of the private or public partners in the Amsterdam metropolitan region, or a more individual entrepreneurial project.

The two-year MSc MADE program is a combination of in-situ and online education, a thorough training in academic skills and project work, connected to the research portfolio of AMS Institute and our industrial and societal partners.

“Entrepreneurship is a vehicle for students to truly work on actionable ‘solutions’ for metropolitan challenges, and learn to continuously redefine the context they work in.”

Thomas Lans, Course Coordinator MSc MADE


MSc MADE Living Lab results


After months of hard work, co-creation sessions, research, stakeholder interviews, design, and product development, the first cohort of MSc MADE students revealed their urban solutions and prototypes in a Living Lab exhibition.

Online Education

We combine the physical and digital worlds at all levels, blending on-site learning, distance education and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to deliver individualized education at the necessary scale.


Since January the 10th study association MADE IT has got an official registration at the KVK Netherlands Chamber of Commerce.

After graduation
As an MSc MADE graduate you will be an expert on the one hand and an integrator on the other, able to create synergy between specialists from other disciplinary backgrounds. You will be a boundary spanner at a firm or at a government, a pioneering researcher aiming for a PhD, or an innovator ready to start your own business.

““It is important to challenge, educate and create awareness for students about the current problems in the world and give them tools to take action for a sustainable future.””

Gwenhwyfar Spil, MSc MADE student

Application and admission
Please note that one of the additional requirements for starting the master is that you have successfully finalized the self-paced MOOC Sustainable Urban Development, Discover Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, launched in March 2017. This MOOC is at the same time a good preparation for the master itself. You can show proof of this at a later stage by handing in the verified Edx certificate.

For application, please visit the Wageningen University & Research website.

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