Master in Environment and Resource Management

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Program Description

Master in Environment and Resource Management

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Master in Environment and Resource Management

The Master’s programme in Environment and Resource Management is organized by the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), which is one of Europe’s oldest and most respected research institutes in the environmental sciences. The IVM receives high evaluations for its excellent research quality by external quality reviews and also scores very well in a citation analysis of reviewed journal articles. Our research projects range from the analysis of local challenges such as funding environmental services to farmers, the use of civil juries to facilitate public participation in water management, adaptation to climate change in the Netherlands, national challenges such as greening the gross domestic product, to global challenges such as analysing international negotiations and North-South financial mechanisms. The primary aim of the Environment and Resource Management programme is to build a critical mass in key disciplines and research themes by training multi-disciplinary, independent and entrepreneurial researchers with a passion for combining excellence in science with societal engagement.

The programme in a nutshell

The Master’s on Environment and Resource Management is a one-year programme that combines exposure to a multidisciplinary theoretical understanding of environmental issues as well as a thorough grasp of different tools to assess environmental problems. Workshops and individual and group assignments play an important part. In many cases you are free to choose subjects that suit your personal interests and ambitions.

The master’s programme provides four compulsory courses, introducing sustainability and growth, environmental economics, environmental policy, and tools for environmental research. It provides an opportunity to specialize in one of the four specializations and to write a thesis at the end.

You can opt for four specializations:

  • Energy and Climate
  • Water and Society
  • Eco-system Services and Biodiversity
  • Environmental Studies

Career prospects

The Environment and Resource Management Programme offers excellent career prospects in the field of the environment, policy and management. Our graduates find jobs as consultants, policy makers or continue their careers as PhD researchers or employees at ministries, NGO’s and other institutions in the Netherlands and abroad.

Spending part of the study time in external traineeships and research projects is a good way to prepare for and familiarize oneself with the labour market. Through its network, the Institute for Environmental Studies assists its students in finding opportunities for external traineeships. The Alumni network also assists students in finding traineeships and helps them become oriented toward the labour market.

In addition, the faculty and GeoVUsie (the student association of the Faculty) organize business days. Seminars are also provided by professionals from trade and industry at IVM and the faculty.

Admission requirements

New applicants must at least hold a Bachelor's degree from a university or an institute of higher vocational education (with a minimum of three years of full-time study). Please note that a Bachelor’s degree with lower Second division does not meet the requirements. All applications will be assessed by the Examination Board. Students from all disciplinary backgrounds will be considered, but the following subjects provide a particularly relevant basis for participating in the ERM programme:

  • Economics, Social Sciences (especially Political Science, Law and Policy Studies)
  • Natural Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Studies and Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Law

The criteria for evaluating applications include:

  • Quality of former study programmes
  • Results obtained in former studies
  • Writing/speaking skills in English
  • Disciplinary knowledge and skills
  • Academic motivation
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Basic knowledge of environmental issues
  • Pre-Master assessment outcomes (see below)
  • Publications
  • Working experience (including voluntary)

English language proficiency requirements. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam requires international applicants to pass an English language proficiency test. The Master’s programme Environment and Resource Management has special requirements concerning the subscores of the various language tests.

N.B. Students who need a visa (MVV) to enter the Netherlands must have passed the test and submitted the original test certificate before 1 June. All other students have to submit the test certificate at the latest before 1 September.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 12, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
Apr. 1, 2017
deadline for international students
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Amsterdam
Application deadline Apr. 1, 2017
deadline for international students
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
for EEA students; €12.000 for Non-EEA