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Earth Sciences


Advancing fundamental knowledge on Earth system functioning and how these functions respond to human pressure is necessary to move forward in an ever-changing world. The Master’s Programme in Earth Sciences at the University of Amsterdam focuses on Earth system processes, and the interactions of humans and ecosystems within the Earth system.

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Flexible programme with unique possibilities for field work

Master's Week 4-8 Nov
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Here's why you want to study Earth Science at the UvA
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

Unique fieldwork

One of the courses includes 3-4 weeks of fieldwork, in mountain or lowland settings in South America or Europe

Interdisciplinary approach

You combine earth sciences with related fields in ecology, hydrology, environmental chemistry and human impact studies to understand their complex interaction

Tight-knit, international setting

You’ll study and work in a small, international environment, with an informal atmosphere and short lines of communication

Earth Sciences will suit you, if you...

  1. Want to be involved in identifying solutions for, among others, climate change, land degradation, water, soil and air contamination.
  2. Are eager to help manage land and water systems to safeguard our environment against hazards.
  3. Want to help conserve ecosystems, assess the environmental impact of infrastructural projects.
  4. Are curious for the essential processes that produce food from healthy soils or exploit clean water in a sustainable way.

Track list

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Degree programme
MSc Earth Sciences
Regular study programme
120 ECTS, 24 months
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