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.
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:
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).
'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.
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.
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.
|Degree programme||MSc Earth Sciences|
|Type||Regular study programme|
|Credits||120 ECTS, 24 months|
|Language of instruction||English|