Wageningen University and Research

Earth and Environment, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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  • Fees and funding


During the two-year MSc Earth and Environment master programme at Wageningen University and Research, 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.

Combining disciplines

The Earth’s traditional spheres (lithosphere, pedosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere) are increasingly being studied at their interfaces. Interdisciplinary research leads to new developments, that in turn give direction to further fundamental research. If you join the Master Earth and Environment programme, you learn to view the Earth as a coherent system, with intense and significant interactions between its compartments.

Your future career
Graduates from this programme are well equipped with the knowledge and skills to continue their academic training as a PhD student, or to start a career as a scientific professional at universities, research institutes and consultancies. Depending on their specialization, graduates may take up positions as meteorologists, hydrologists, water quality scientists or soil scientists in the public or private sector.

Programme Structure

At the start of your Master Earth and Environment, together with your Study Adviser, you design your personalised MSc programme based on your choice of specialisation. The specialisation subjects range from a micro level to a global scale and are closely related to innovative research programmes at Wageningen. Your specialisation includes a number of courses that prepare you for your specific thesis subject at one of the ten Chair Groups. You also select other courses from other tracks or even outside the Master programmes to deepen or broaden your knowledge. Whichever path you select, you always gain an in-depth and broad view of the interactions in the field of Earth and Environment. You can choose from one of four specialisations listed on this page.

  • Hydrology and Water Resource
  • Meteorology and Air Quality
  • Biology and Chemistry of Soil and Water
  • Soil Geography and Earth Surface Dynamics

Detailed Programme Facts

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English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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Academic Requirements

  • 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.
  • 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;

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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 17600 International
  • EUR 2100 EU/EEA


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