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Earth Sciences

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Global change, the increasing demand for scarce resources and the degradation and pollution of landscape, soil and water means that we need skilled professionals of earth sciences now more than ever. Professionals who understand the earth as a complex system and are able to lead the way towards a more sustainable future.

Introduction Earth Sciences

Are you curious about the study? Watch the video and find out why this is the study for you.

What you can expect from Earth Sciences at the UvA

With us, you will study in an inspiring environment where scientists work in a stimulating interdisciplinary setting on the cutting edge between physical geography, ecology, hydrology and environmental chemistry.

In the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) we offer you a wide range of brand new and state of the art facilities (e-science labs including GIS, remote sensing and geo-ecological modelling, soil- and environmental chemistry and erosion labs) to enable you to let your course work meet the latest scientific standards.

The Master's programme Earth Sciences offers specialisations in three tracks:

Environmental Management

The Master's track Environmental Management typically aims to improve land and geo-ecosystem management strategies by combining scientific knowledge with societal aspects of land management (policy making, stakeholders, conflicts of interest).

Future Planet Ecosystem Science

'The best way to predict the future is to create it' is the motto for our newest track Future Planet Ecosystem Science (FPES) which addresses the grand challenges posed by the effects of future global change on landscapes and their ecosystems by using big data analyses, computer simulations and modelling techniques.

Geo-ecological Dynamics

The track Geo-ecological Dynamics is about understanding the complexity of earth surface processes and its interaction with ecosystems. This track typically focusses on state of the art laboratory and fieldwork techniques to analyse soil vitality or novel strategies to combat desertification.

Why study Earth Sciences?

  • You have an inquisitive mind and like the challenge of finding solutions for the complex environmental issues that are facing our changing planet.
  • You wish to acquire in-depth insight on the functioning of environmental processes affecting our planet, and to use this to challenge existing knowledge and contribute to practical solutions and applications.
  • You are eager to combine a scientific interest in earth sciences with related fields in ecology, hydrology, environmental chemistry and human impact studies to understand their complex interaction, which is required to address the global, regional and local processes.
  • You have a quantitative attitude, and are eager to learn, use and apply state of the art analytical methods which can include and combine e-science based techniques, advanced laboratory techniques and field measurement techniques.
  • You want to become part of inspiring research projects, in both national and international settings.

Societal and Business trajectories

In general, Master's students are trained to become independent researchers. But at the UvA Faculty of Science you can also choose to complete your Master's programme with a societal or business trajectory that focuses on other skills than doing research. There are several professional majors and minors available, depending on the track you choose.

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Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Earth Sciences
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 66986
Location Science Park