This two-year programme will give you the knowledge and skill-set you need if you want to help tackle the complex problems our planet faces today. You’ll be able to specialise in one of three subjects: Geology and Geochemistry, Earth and Climate, or Global Environmental Change and Policy. Each specialisation has different streams, allowing you to build your own individual profile in preparation for your future professional career
The programme is renowned for integrating other subject areas into its specialisations, such as Mathematics and Informatics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental Sciences, so you can choose whether you want to become a broadly trained Earth Scientist or focus on one of the streams offered by the three specialisations.
The programme is worth 120 ECTS; around 50 ECTs are research project-related, which means you’ll be involved in a company traineeship, or take part in a research project complete with fieldwork, lab work and/or computer modelling.
The Master’s programme in Earth Sciences at VU Amsterdam has an excellent reputation. It is small-scale, which means you will have personal contact with all students, but it has a large scope, allowing you to choose from a broad range of topics. In that sense, Amsterdam and the programme are much alike: impressive but small enough to make you feel right at home!
The master looks at global earth systems and international challenges such as climate change, the energy transition, natural hazards, and biodiversity loss. Wherever possible we provide personal mentoring throughout your studies from a staff member who will help you shape your curriculum and get the most out of your studies, as well as prepare you for your future career. Faculty members and fellow students come from a diverse range of countries and backgrounds, making the Master’s Earth Sciences at VU Amsterdam a truly international programme. Our teachers have high international profiles based on successful fund raising; several have received international awards. We also organise, when possible, international fieldwork. The training is not limited to Dutch casuistry, but crosses borders.
The start date of this programme is September 1st.