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Earth Sciences: Geo-ecological Dynamics (track)

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In the track Geo-ecological Dynamics you will deepen your understanding of the different processes that play an important role in the functioning of geo-ecological systems that are strongly affected by global change. At scales varying from the molecule to the globe, you will study the dynamics of landscapes and geo-ecosystems of terrestrial environments and adjacent aquatic systems based on fieldwork, in the laboratory, with computational methods, or a combination of these.

Introduction Earth Sciences

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.

Discover the Master's programme & tracks 

The Master's programme Earth Sciences offers specialisations in three tracks. Geo-ecological Dynamics is one of them. The other two tracks are:  

The study programme 

Complex geo-ecosystems comprised of landscape, soil, water and biological systems are severely affected by global change and human interaction. Detailed knowledge of geo-ecosystem processes is crucial for understanding our past, current and future environments. This means incorporating spatial and process studies of the dynamics and properties of landscapes, land use (change), land degradation and desertification, pollution, biogeochemical cycles and eutrophication (e.g. carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus), and climate. 

In this Master's track you will learn to apply state-of-the-art methods (including advanced fieldwork, lab methods and geo-computation) to answer the prominent environmental questions we are faced with. 

A science based approach towards societal issues

Understanding complex processes at the earth's surface

An integration of Earth Science to improve our environment

Face the grand challenges of global change

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. 

Is Geo-ecological Dynamics for you? 

It is, if you are interested in: 

  • Learning about complex systems of landscapes and detailed environmental processes? 
  • Doing research? 
  • Increasing your knowledge for the advancement of science or application in society? 
  • Solving complex environmental issues? 
  • Studying in a personal and inspiring environment? 
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