M.Sc. Applied Earth Sciences

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR12916 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
Delft University of Technology | Delft, Netherlands
The two year Master of Science Programme Applied Earth Sciences is a challenging Engineering Programme for students from a wide variety of different disciplines (including petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, geology, geophysics, civil engineering, natural sciences).

Description of Applied Earth Sciences

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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.

There are five MSc tracks:

  • Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences
  • Resource Engineering
  • Geo-Engineering
  • Applied Geophysics
  • Geoscience and Remote Sensing

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline April 1 (EU and Non EU)
Tuition fee
  • EUR 12916 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1835 Year (EEA)

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.

Start date September  2015
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Languages
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

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

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:

  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Reservoir Geology

Resource Engineering

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:

  • Mining Engineering
  • Mineral Engineering
  • Environmental Geotechnical Engineering

Geo-Engineering

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.

Applied Geophysics

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

  • Time lapse or 4D seismic imaging, linking 4D geophysical parameters to dynamic reservoir parameters;
  • 2D and 3D high-resolution seismic and GPR methods as well as electric resistivity and magnetic methods;
  • Imaging and characterisation in complex media, incorporating small-scale effects in imaging, multi-scale analysis, imaging techniques for multi-valued arrivals;
  • Development of geothermal applications for energy supply.

Geoscience and Remote Sensing

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.

English Language Requirements

Requirements for 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:

  • Countries A - H
  • Countries I - P
  • Countries Q - Z

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:

  • A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 90 (internet-based test). Please note that we only accept the TOEFL internet-based test.
  • or IELTS (academic version) overall Band score of at least 6.5.
  • or proof that you have passed the University of Cambridge 'Certificate of Proficiency in English' or the University of Cambridge 'Certificate in Advanced English'

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.

  • For EU/EFTA nationals, the English language certificate may be submitted until 1 July provided that all other required hard copy documents are received before the application deadline of 1 April.
  • Nationals of the Peoples Republic of China only: for visa purposes you need a Nuffic certificate as proof of your English language proficiency. In order to obtain the Nuffic certificate you will need to take the IELTS or TOEFL internet-based test.

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.

    • Your motivation for taking the MSc programme of your choice.
    • Why you wish to pursue this programme abroad and/or in the Netherlands in particular.
    • Why you are interested in TU Delft and what you expect to find here
    • If there are optional specialisations in the Masters programme of your choice: which specialisation(s) interest you most, and why?
    • Describe your hypothetical thesis project; what kind of a projectwould you prefer if you were free to make a choice? Also briefly explain what you would want to explore in your thesis project. Provide a maximum of three hypothetical thesis topics and elaborate on your particular interests in them.
    • A brief summary (maximum 250 words) of the thesis work or the final assignment (to be) done for your Bachelors programme, including information on the credits earned, grade, and full workload.

5)Two reference letters in English, French, German or Dutch:

  1. one from from a professor or an assistant professor from the faculty from which you graduated.
  2. one from your employer, if you already have work experience.

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:

  • portfolio requirements for Architecture Urbanism & Building Sciences (and its five tracks)
  • portfolio requirements for Design for Interaction
  • portfolio requirements for Integrated Product Design
  • Portfolio requirements for Strategic Product Design

Work Experience for Applied Earth Sciences

No work experience is required.

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