M.Sc. Earth and Environment

Wageningen University

Application deadline: Start in 1 September: August (non-EEA: May).
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Start date: September  2014
Credits: 120 ECTS
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Do you wish to contribute to finding solutions for issues related to planet Earth? Do you have a background in natural sciences? Then the programme Earth and Environment is an excellent choice!

Planet Earth is a fascinating and complex system supporting all life and containing priceless natural resources that are exploited by mankind for the supply of food, water, energy and other commodities. Planet Earth, however, is under significant pressure. It is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain an ever growing human population and to secure a sustainable society for future generations. Scarcity of water, soil degradation, loss of biodiversity, vulnerability to severe weather and climate change are just a few examples of complex and major issues that need to be addressed. Geoscientists at Wageningen University study planet Earth, its resources and its liveability. Using tools from physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics, they build a quantitative understanding of the composition, structures and processes of the Earth and its atmosphere, and the influence of human activity. In this way, they play an important role in improving natural resource management and in removing obstacles to sustainable development.


Programme internationalization:

  • Studying abroad is optional.

This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.


Air Quality and Atmospheric Chemistry:

Soil Geography and Landscape:

Soil Chemistry and Chemical Soil Quality:

Soil Biology and Biological Soil Quality:

Nature Conservation and Plant Ecology:


Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management:

Earth System Science:

Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management:

Soil Physics, Ecohydrology and Groundwater Management:


Grade average

Knowledge minimum: Grade Point Average of at least 70%; good working knowledge of calculus and statistics; proficient in the use of information technology

Language test: Applicants must provide recent evidence of their spoken and written command of English.

Previous education: Bachelor's degree in earth sciences, agricultural sciences, geography or related fields.

Additional language requirements:

  • IELTS overall band: 6
  • IELTS speaking: 6
  • TOEFL paper based: 550
  • TOEFL computer based: 213
  • TOEFL internet based: 79

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: 60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 79


Scholarships / Grants:

Neso Indonesia:
StuNed Scholarships for Master studies, short courses and customized training programmes are available for Indonesian professionals with at least two years work experience in a development-related organization.
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World Bank:
Successful applicants for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program will be awarded funding covering all tuition and admission fees, as well as housing and subsistence allowance. Travel expenses between the awardees' home countries and Tokyo will also be provided.
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Wagening Univerisity:
The Wageningen University Fund aims to maintain and strengthen the unique character of Wageningen University. Since 1951, the Fund has been organising and financing activities that support excellent research and education and stimulate the academic development of students.
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This fund exists to enable promising students from developing countries to study at Wageningen University. The long term goal is the training of talented experts who will go on to play leading roles in improving the agricultural production, rural development and environment in their own countries.
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United Nations:
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