Graduates of the Master's programme in Earth Sciences are trained professionals with excellent international career opportunities within or outside the sphere of Earth Sciences. For example, some UvA Earth Sciences alumni work at:
Graduates seeking a research career within academia are eligible to pursue a PhD.
'I study active layer dynamics and try to define simple geochemical tools that can help determine the quality and potential decomposability of the soil organic matter in the Eurasian arctic.'
'I wanted to make a survey of the effects of human activity on the Oldebroek heath in Gelderland province. To do that, I took water samples from a soil depth of 30 centimetres at regular intervals and compared them with samples that colleagues have taken over the past ten years.'
'It's interesting that digital landscape analysis is developing at such a rapid pace. In ten or fifteen years we'll probably have mapped out the whole thing. That will give us an increasingly better idea of how our world actually works, enabling us to make better decisions about how to protect it.'
'My function is soil consultant. In this job I coordinate soil surveys which are executed by Tauw to measure the quality of the soil and groundwater. Due to human and industrial activities in the past the soil and groundwater is contaminated at a lot of locations.'
'After I studied Earth Sciences, I never looked the same at the landscape anymore – consciously and subconsciously I always keep in mind the things I have learned. It makes holidays much more interesting and reminds me of the good time at the UvA!'