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Unravel our planet’s past, present and future

With a Master’s degree in Earth Sciences, you are versatile!

You have great career prospects with the MSc in Earth Sciences from VU Amsterdam. 

The qualities you have developed during the programme are relevant for a large number of positions. There are great career prospects for graduates with an MSc in Earth Sciences from VU Amsterdam. If you want to enter the job market straight away you could work in many areas: geology, environmental science or you could take up a position in an environmental consultancy firm for example or in a governmental institution. You could work as an engineering geologist, a geoscientist, or a minerals surveyor. Your specialist subject will help determine the course of your career.

You could also register for a national or international PhD programme. You could take up a position in Research and Development. Or you could become a science teacher in secondary education.

Eleonoor van Es

Eleonoor van Es

"There are many interdisciplinary Masters that bridge the gap between climate processes and sustainability/economy, but they only look at what happens due to these processes. The reason I chose this master is that I wanted to learn what causes the processes: What is the process of 'global warming' and how is it effected? What is the effect of deforestation on Earth’s climate and ecology? This master focuses on understanding these processes."

What can you do after your Master's degree?

Start working

At the end of the programme, you will have acquired a sound knowledge of sustainability-related Earth Sciences knowledge, combined with the additional perspectives of economics and governance. This unique combination will enable you to pursue advanced careers in research, consultancy, international organizations and companies, and governments. Graduates will also qualify for national and international sustainability PhD programmes.

Following a PhD programme

You could also register for a national or international PhD programme. You could take up a position in Research and Development. Or you could become a science teacher in secondary education.