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Earth Sciences: Future Planet Ecosystem Science (track)

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In the two-year track Future Planet Ecosystem Science of the Master's programme Earth Sciences, you will learn quantitative methods and gain an in-depth understanding of concepts of geo-ecological systems, essential to face the grand challenges regarding global change, the management of ecosystems, and their services upon which humans rely.

What is this programme about

Do you want to know what it's like to study the Future Planet Ecosystem Science track in the Earth Sciences programme at the University of Amsterdam? Students Bart and Catherine and Dr Boris Jansen will tell you what makes the programme unique and what your career prospects are after this Master's.

Discover the Master's tracks

The Master's programme Earth Sciences offers specialisations in three tracks. Future Planet Ecosystem Science, is one of them. The other two tracks are:

The study programme 

We urgently need an in-depth understanding of the functioning of geo-ecosystems, to predict the effects of local and global change and to successfully manage Earth's systems. 

This Master's track teaches cutting-edge, quantitative methods (including observations, modelling and big data analysis) and how to apply these methods to global challenges. Specific attention is given to the identification of where scientific knowledge falls short of contributing to solutions for the grand challenges we are facing. 

Seek solutions to harmonise what humans want and what geo-ecosystems can provide

Understanding earths complexity with a focus on the challenges for the future of the planet

Use cutting edge quantitative techniques to create a sustainable future

Future Proof education 

After graduation 

Graduates of this track are well equipped to develop a successful career as an applied earth scientist. As a trained professional you will have excellent international career opportunities within or outside the sphere of Earth Sciences. 

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'By allowing you to choose your own study path, this master provided me with the tools to communicate and co-create earth sciences with society.'

Is Future Planet Ecosystem Science for me?

Future Planet Ecosystem Science is an interdisciplinary programme which integrates knowledge from disciplines such as earth sciences, ecology, geography, and environmental chemistry.

  • The best way to predict the future is to create it. Are you concerned about global change and the future of our planet with an ever increasing human population?
  • Do you want to deepen your knowledge on the grand challenges that we are facing and the best ways we can address these?
  • Do you want to contribute to increasing the knowledge needed to solve global problems and take the right decisions for creating a sustainable world? 
  • ​Do you want to develop skills in modelling and big data analyses so you can play a part in the science that is needed to support our future planet?
  • Do you have a broad interest in natural sciences?

Then Future Planet Ecosystem Science might be the right track for you!

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