M.Sc. Earth and Environment

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR16600 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR1984 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Wageningen, Netherlands
The Wageningen University Master Earth & Environment was born from the necessity of helping the next generations of scientists find solutions for the issues confronting the way we look after our planet, now and in the future.
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Planet Earth is a complex, interactive and fascinating system, providing all the essentials needed to sustain life and support living organisms, protected by a thin layer of atmosphere. Natural processes and human needs often clash, leading to a wide range of environmental issues. Water scarcity and quality, soil degradation, food supply, loss of biodiversity, vulnerability to severe weather and climate change are just a few examples of key issues that need to be addressed urgently. Are you interested in working on solutions for these and other environmental issues? The Wageningen University Master Earth & Environment was born from the necessity of helping the next generations of scientists find solutions for the issues confronting the way we look after our planet, now and in the future.

Within the Earth and Environment programme at Wageningen UR you choose one out of four specialisations:

  • Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Meteorology and Air Quality
  • Biology and Chemistry of Soil and Water or
  • Soil Geography and Earth Surface Dynamics
During the two-year master programme, you become a well-rounded specialist in the fields of (a) hydrology and water resources; (b) meteorology and air quality; (c) biological and chemical aspects of soil and water; or (d) soil geography and earth surface dynamics. Furthermore, you also gain a broad view of the interactions in the critical zone where the different spheres meet. Subjects studied range from micro to global scale; they are closely related to the innovative research and applications of ten leading research groups.
Future Career
The Master programme offers our graduate scientists excellent opportunities to develop their career in research or as a science professional at universities, research institutes and consultancies. Our graduates can be found all over the world, working as meteorologists, hydrologists, water quality scientists or soil scientists, to name a few disciplines.

Detailed Course Facts

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Tuition fee
  • EUR16600 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR1984 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content


Hydrology and Water Resources

You are interested in the effects of climate change and other influences on the water balance of catchments, or you would like to support optimal land management when dealing with hydrological extremes. Then the specialisation Hydrology and Water Resources might be interesting for you.

Meteorology and Air Quality

This specialisation allows you to specialise as a meteorologist, air quality consultant or as an atmospheric scientist. With your research you will contribute to the further understanding of atmospheric processes and their relevance for weather and climate. You take courses in the fields of Weather and Climate Dynamics, Urban Meteorology and Air Quality, Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Quality, Boundary-Layer Meteorology and Land-Atmosphere Interactions.

Biology and Chemistry of Soil and Water

This specialisation allows you to develop an in-depth understanding of chemical and biological processes and their interactions in soils and natural waters, and their role in the functioning of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in a world that faces increasing anthropogenic pressures.

You learn how these insights can contribute to develop effective strategies for the preservation and restoration of soil and water quality, biodiversity, and the functioning of natural ecosystems and the services they provide. Among the key focal points are soil fertility, carbon and nitrogen cycling and greenhouse gas balancing, and the fate and effects of contaminants in soil and water systems. You will study the underlying chemical and biological processes, their interactions and effects from the laboratory to the field scale, using analytical measurements and mathematical models.

Soil Geography and Earth Surface Dynamics

This specialisation allows you to explore the spatial and temporal processes that are active in soils, landscapes and the wider earth system. It uses an integrative approach that combines biophysical and human elements to gain insight in past, present and future system dynamics. Understanding of soil patterns and landscape dynamics is needed to contribute to the development of alternative land use types that are sustainable and which preserve soil quality. At the same large scale, you develop a deeper understanding of land-atmosphere interactions, the impact of climate change on water and soil resources, adaptation strategies on climate change, and the role of society on these processes.

English Language Requirements


General requirements MSc programmes at Wageningen University

Students who wish to enrol in a MSc programme at Wageningen University must:

  • have a BSc degree (or equivalent) in a field of science relevant to the programme selected;
  • have a Grade Point Average for their BSc of at least 7 (or 70% of the maximum of the scale);
  • be fluent in English, both written and spoken;
Specific requirements for 'Earth and Environment'

A Bachelor degree in Earth Science (Geoscience), Physical Geography, Environmental Sciences, Biology (Ecology), Chemistry, Physics or Engineering are appropriate for admission to this programme. Furthermore, we expect you to have a good working knowledge of calculus and statistics as well as proficiency in the use of information technology.

If you are from a Dutch University, check your enrolment possibilities inthis matrix. Students of a Dutch university of Applied Sciences can check their enrolment possibilities in these matrices (abbreviation ‘MEE’). It is possible that you are admissible while your institution or study programme is not included.

We can then advise on: minors / courses in your BSc programme that you may need to follow; pre-master courses, or assure you that you fulfil the admission requirements. You can also simply apply (see below) and you will be informed within 1-4 weeks.

You may want to consider enrolling in a minor or specific courses during your Bachelor studies in order to prepare you better for the programme, or to avoid any pre-master programmes. If you contact the programme admissions early on in the admissions process, we can either approve your admission or advise you on how to manage any deficiencies. In order to do so, we will review your academic background and your choice of Master specialisation.

Examples of programme admittance include:
  • a BSc Soil, Water, Atmosphere from Wageningen University gives unconditional admission to the Master Earth and Environment;
  • Earth scientists with a thorough knowledge of physical geography, soil and water will usually be admitted;
  • Biologists, especially ecologists or plant scientists with a deep knowledge of physics and chemistry, and the interactions with soil and water, will be admitted;
  • Physicists with good knowledge of environmental physics may be admitted, and a quantitative specialisation like Meteorology and Air Quality or Hydrology and Water Resources is most suitable;
  • Chemists with good knowledge of environmental chemistry may be admitted, a specialisation like meteorology and Air Quality or Biology and Chemistry of Soil and Water is most suitable.
  • Land and Water specialists will be admitted if they have a thorough knowledge of physics, mathematics;
  • Land and water management students from Universities of Applied Sciences with a minor in Natural Sciences.
  • Civil Engineering students from with both a BSc from a University or University of applied sciences.

International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to universities in Netherlands when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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