Global change, the increasing demand for scarce resources and the degradation and pollution of landscape, soil and water means that we need skilled professionals now more than ever. Professionals who understand the earth as a complex system and are able to direct our world into a more sustainable future.
This Master's track is aimed at combining geo-ecological knowledge with interdisciplinary skills, resulting in a professional and more applied earth scientist able to tackle environmental problems working in a team with other specialists. The curriculum combines one year of Earth Science courses and one specialised year concentrating on management aspects in Earth Science, interdisciplinary skills and an internship in a company or (non) governmental organisation. Graduates of this track are well equipped to develop a successful career as an applied earth scientist. Such specialists are highly demanded to tackle the challenges of climate change and to translate scientific process knowledge into management strategies in order to lessen the effects for society.
Next to the track-specific courses there are some compulsory joint elements in both tracks:
- The course Vulnerability Assessment of Ecosystems, which includes field work on Tenerife.
- The course Quantification of Environmental Processes, with an emphasis on measuring and modelling processes in soil and water.
- Monthly research workshops
- A research proposal
- A research project
Specific entry requirements
Applicants for the MSc in Earth sciences must hold a Dutch BSc degree or an equivalent in Earth Science. Admittance with a BSc Biology, Chemistry or Computer Science is also possible under certain conditions.
Additional information for international students
International applicants must also fulfil other general entry requirements set by the Faculty of Science regarding academic background, academic average and proficiency in English.
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Last updated April 19, 2016