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Masters in Earth Sciences

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
August 2019
2,083 EUR
Program description

Program description

Study a Masters in Earth Sciences in Amsterdam

Earth Sciences is a general Master’s program which differs from the specialized Masters we offer. The program gives you the opportunity to choose a specialization, but selecting one does not mean that you are restricted to just that one subject. You have the option of exploring every aspect of one specific area in great detail if you want to, but you are also free to choose your own subjects for up to a quarter of the required credits.

Earth Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers you these excellent, English-taught specializations:

  • Earth Surface Processes, Climate and Records
  • Geology and Geochemistry

Knowledge of the past,  is the key to the future

Understanding how planet Earth works is important for everyone. That is what Earth Sciences is all about. VU Amsterdam offers you a wide range of specializations that will help you ecome a geoscientist who is aware of how crucial it is to learn about the intriguing interrelations of System Earth.

International in scope

Many staff members and students involved in Earth Sciences at VU Amsterdam come from abroad, making it a truly international Master’s program. Furthermore, it is a program in which the whole world is your field of study.


VU Amsterdam is renowned for combining all Earth Sciences specializations with other subject areas. Earth Sciences at our university is closely linked to Biology and Environmental Sciences. Why limit yourself to being just a geologist or a geographer? Become a true Earth Scientist, with far-reaching background knowledge that allows you to really make the most of your future. How exactly do ice ages, life, plate tectonics and CO2 cycles in the Earth’s crust and oceans interact? What is the relationship between landscape and fault movements in the dating of rocks or in processes like uplift and erosion?


The program’s excellent reputation is partly due to the fact that it is small enough to facilitate personal contact between all participants but large enough to encompass the full range of pecializations. In that sense, Amsterdam and the program are much alike: impressive but small enough to make you feel right at home.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements: 

  1. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 EC or equivalent
  2. Present official test results proving your proficiency in English
  3. 2 letters of recommendation
  4. Motivation letter

Tuition fees

The cost of this program for students of EU/EEA countries is €2,060.


MSc in Earth Sciences

Career opportunities

Career prospects

After the doctoral or master degree programs, there are opportunities to continue your educational career in a number of PhD programs at the Vrije Universiteit, organised within a number of research schools:

  • Inter University Centre for Geo-ecological Research (ICG);
  • Netherlands Research School for the Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment (SENSE);
  • Research School Sedimentary Geology (NSG);
  • Integrated Solid Earth Sciences (ISES). 

The PhD program always consists of carrying out a research project, leading to a PhD thesis/dissertation, and of several compulsory or elective course modules.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 170 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 24,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
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