The two-year Master of Science in Applied Earth Sciences is a challenging Engineering Programme for students with wide-ranging backgrounds (petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, geology, geophysics, civil engineering, natural sciences) who are interested in and concerned about sustainable use of the earths resources in energy production problems (oil and gas), raw materials technology and geotechnical engineering.
You will be trained as a creative and independent thinker; an engineer with the ability and skills to tackle complex problems. In the first year you will take specialised modules, do lab work and go on a geological excursion. In the second year you will write a thesis under the supervision of a professor. Your last exam will be a defence of your thesis.
The courses and assignments are compiled by specialists who excel in their own disciplines. Many of them have close ties with industry. The study environment is international, with English as the working language. In addition to following the training and teaching programme, students may test practical cases against the scientific knowledge developed by our professors and researchers.
As a small community, AES is flexible with plenty of scope for staff and student interaction. As the programmes are broad-based with a strong international character, graduates can find employment in many industrial and academic domains.
Tuition fees 2013/2014: EU: 1.835,- (app.) Non-EU: 12.916,- Apart from the tuition fees, the cost of living and studying in Delft is estimated to be 850,- to 1.100,- per month. This includes such things as food, accommodation, transport, books, compulsory health insurance, social life expenses and study trip costs.
The MSc programme in Applied Earth Sciences (AES) comprises a total of 120 credits in two years. Credits are earned from taught coursework and a research project culminating in a thesis. The programme is in English and consists of four tracks:
Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences consists of a core programme and two specialisations.
The entire course has been structured in close collaboration with industry. It offers targeted coverage of mainstream subjects and ample time to achieve real results in the thesis. The performance criteria are high and the workload is heavy.
Convergence CourseAs the incoming students tend to come from different backgrounds, a six-week convergence course is organised at the start of the MSc to ensure that they are all optimally prepared. This course is tailored to individual needs. Students with a technical background and no previous knowledge of geology or petroleum engineering are very welcome.
The teaching is challenging and the reading list extensive. There is frequent interaction with professors and tutors and a dedicated team of specialists on hand to help students achieve their goals.
The Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences track has two specialisations:
Resource Engineering is about the total Materials cycle, from Mining and Mineral Processing to Extractive Metallurgy and Recycling. The aim of this course is to enable you to gain a clear conceptual understanding of the technical, design and economic aspects of the processes that make up the Materials Cycle. In combination with Geo-Engineering, the program also offers the possibility to study Environmental Geotechnical Engineering, aiming for students to gain knowledge on mining related geotechnical aspects and environmental aspects of the whole mineral cycle.
Graduates in resource engineering are employed worldwide in resource-based industries (mining, processing, metallurgy, recycling), manufacturing, financial institutions and consultancies. Some sign up for PhD programmes in various parts of the world. In combination
The Resource Engineering M.Sc. is offered through a joint programme run by TU Delft and 5 other universities in Europe, united in the FEMP (the Federation of European Mineral Programmes) with three specialisations:
Knowledge of the shallow sub-surface and insights into its properties are of vital importance in the field of civil engineering and applied earth sciences, for a wide variety of construction projects ranging from the drilling of tunnels and the excavation of mines and building pits to the foundations of buildings and the construction and maintenance of ports and waterways. Without sufficient knowledge of the subsurface and its properties, there is significant risk of failure. With the Geo-Engineering Track, you will learn how to investigate and characterize the materials you encounter in the subsurface and how to use this information to the design constructions and estimate the risk of failure. You can enrol in this track from within the MSc programmes in Civil Engineering or Applied Earth Sciences.
The Applied Geophysics track trains students in all geophysical and related aspects of environmental and engineering investigations and in the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon and geothermal energy. Applied Geophysics is part of a joint programme run by TU Delft, ETH Zurich and RWTH Aachen. Applied Geophysics adds an international perspective to your career prospects.
Research and teaching subjects
Our Earth is changing, in particular due to the growing world population, urbanisation, land use, and climate change. How will this affect our daily life, and how can we improve our understanding of the underlying processes? We need more and better information to answer such questions. How can advanced technology, such as satellites and remote sensing, be combined with state-of-the-art modeling tools, to give us the understanding that we need to make the right decisions for the future? These are only a few questions that form the basis of the MSc track Geoscience and Remote Sensing (GRS).
If you have interest in atmospheric sciences, natural geophysics, climate change, geodesy, or any other geo-science related topic, and consider a career in those high-profile disciplines, you may want to consider this MSc track. Depending on your background, interest and career perspectives, the program will lead to a diploma either in Civil Engineering or Applied Earth Sciences.
What is required to be considered for admission to an MSc programme? Please note: if you do not meet all the formal requirements, it is no use applying.
1)A. A good university Bachelor's degree in a main subject closely related to the MSc programme to which you are applying, with good grades on the key courses.
orB. A proof that you have nearly completed a Bachelor's programme in a main subject which is closely related to the MSc programme to which you are applying, with good grades on the key courses.
Exceptions: Management of Technology, Engineering and Policy Analysis and Science Education & Communication, to which all students holding any Bachelors of technology or science / engineering degree may be admitted.
2)A Bachelor's Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 75% of the scale maximum, unless specific requirements are defined for the country in which you obtained your Bachelors degree:
Please note: if you have not graduated yet your CGPA must meet the requirements at the time of application.
3)Proof of English language proficiency:
Only nationals from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are exempt from the proof of English language proficiency requirement. Applicants who obtained a bachelors degree in one of the mentioned countries, are also exempt from the proof of English language proficiency requirement.
Certificates older than two years are not accepted. As the whole process of collecting information, registering for the tests and receiving the test results may take several months, we advise you to register for the IELTS or TOEFL several months before starting your application.
It is allowed to send us a copy of your test results, please check the application documents for detailed information.
4)A clear and relevant essay in English (1,000 - 2,000 words) addressing the following:Your motivation for taking the MSc programme of your choice.
5)Two reference letters in English, French, German or Dutch:
If you have not yet graduated or do not have work experience, you need to provide two letters from professors or assistant professors from the faculty at which you are studying.
6)An extensive résumé (curriculum vitae) written in English.
7)Proof of identity
8)Please note:Applicants for Architecture Urbanism & Building Sciences, Design for Interaction, Integrated Product Design and Strategic Product Design are required to upload a digital portfolio. Please note that only uploaded portfolios will be processed. The programme specific portfolio requirements are described on the following pages:
No work experience is required.
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