Masters in Earth Sciences

Earth sciences has many practical applications for our planet and the surrounding ones. The field of study has a broad view on the environment and focuses on location and development of energy and mineral resources, methods to protect the planet and the protection of communities from environmental events. Many Bachelor’s degrees in earth sciences focus on knowledge of the consequences of human – environment interaction.

Earth sciences degrees are also known as geoscience, including many sub-disciplines: atmospheric sciences, meteorology, climatology, atmospheric physics, hydrology, oceanography, geodesy, geophysics, geology, mineralogy, glaciology, volcanology, astronomy, etc. With a Master’s degree in Earth Sciences, students can specialize and research one of the world’s most spoken about academic subjects.

Earth sciences graduates can work in many areas, especially geology, environmental science, environmental consultancy firms or governmental institutions. Some of the most popular career options include engineering geologist, geoscientist, environmental consultant or minerals surveyor.

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Suggested Master's Programmes

Earth and Environment Earth and Environment, M.Sc.
  • Any time
  • EEA € 2,100 per year
  • International € 17,600 per year
  • 24 months

Planet Earth is a complex, interactive and fascinating system. Protected by a thin layer of atmosphere, it provides all the essentials needed to sustain life and support living organisms. The Earth and Environment programme is offered at Wageningen UR.

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Geodynamics Geodynamics, M.Sc.
  • Any time
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • International € 0 per year
  • 24 months

Geodynamic processes may be studied on three different scales: global, regional and local. Global processes taking place in the Earth's interior are closely linked to geological processes on the Earth's surface, where plate tectonics plays a central role. University of Bergen offers the MS in Geodynamics programme.

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Quaternary Geology and Palaeoclimatology Quaternary Geology and Palaeoclimatology, M.Sc.
  • Any time
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • International € 0 per year
  • 24 months

The Master programme in Quaternary Geology and Palaeoclimate from University of Bergen includes knowledge about the geological and climatological history during the last 3 million years.

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Marine Geology and Geophysics Marine Geology and Geophysics, M.Sc.
  • Any time
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • International € 0 per year
  • 24 months

The Master program in Marine Geology and Geophysics consists of acquisition and interpretation of geophysical data (seismic, bathymetry, gravimetric and magnetic measurements) and geological sampling of marine sediments and rocks. Analysis of sediment cores provides insight in composition, origin and age of marine deposits, as well as information on paleo-climate and former ocean currents.

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Physical Oceanography Physical Oceanography, M.Sc.
  • Any time
  • EEA € 0
  • International € 29,037
  • 24 months

The Physical Oceanography Master's programme is offered at University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Science. Motions on all scales are interacting in the oceans, from circulation systems on global to turbulence on small scales. Physical oceanography is based on theory and methods from classical mechanics and thermodynamics which are applied to describe, analyze and understand processes and circulation in the ocean.

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Earth, Life and Climate Earth, Life and Climate, M.Sc.
  • Feb 2017
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA € 2,006 per year
  • International € 18,201 per year
  • National € 2,006 per year
  • 24 months

In the Master's programme in Earth, Life, and Climate from Utrecht University, you will explore the fundamental processes which regulate the past, present, and future dynamics of sedimentary systems, biodiversity, and climate, as well as their evolution.

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Marine Sciences Marine Sciences, M.Sc.
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA € 2,006 per year
  • International € 18,201 per year
  • National € 2,006 per year
  • 24 months

Marine Sciences studies how marine systems and processes operate naturally and how they change through human intervention.

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Hydrology and Water Quality Hydrology and Water Quality, M.Sc.
  • Any time
  • EEA € 2,100 per year
  • International € 17,600 per year
  • 24 months

Students of the Master of Science programme Hydrology and Water Quality are studying the occurrence of water, the water flow, water management and water quality, including the aquatic ecology. In relation to agriculture, nature and environment.

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Earth Structure and Dynamics Earth Structure and Dynamics, M.Sc.
  • Feb 2017
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA € 2,006 per year
  • International € 18,201 per year
  • National € 2,006 per year
  • 24 months

In the Master in Earth Structure and Dynamics programme from Utrecht University, you will explore the composition, structure, and evolution of the Earth’s crust, mantle, and core. During this two-year programme, you will learn to link geological, geophysical, geochemical, and geodetic observations made at the Earth’s surface to physical processes operating within the planet.

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Earth Sciences Earth Sciences, M.Sc.
  • Any time
  • EEA € 0
  • International € 29,037
  • 24 months

The Earth Sciences Master's programme is offered at the University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Science. Against the background of global change, modern society has an increasing need of citizen competence in Earth sciences. The accessibility of Earth science information is greater today, resulting in new areas of application and new methods to manage geo-resources on a local and global basis.

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Earth Sciences Earth Sciences, M.Sc.
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA € 1,984 per year
  • International € 12,000 per year
  • 24 months

The Earth Sciences programme’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, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the programme are much alike: impressive but small enough to make you feel right at home.

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