Utrecht University

Earth, Life and Climate, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    18201
    Tuition (Year)
    2006
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

In the Master's programme in Earth, Life, and Climate from Utrecht University, you will explore the fundamental processes which regulate the past, present, and future dynamics of sedimentary systems, biodiversity, and climate, as well as their evolution. This two-year programme will provide you with the knowledge you need to understand climate change and its impact on natural environments such as soils, sediments, lakes, groundwater, wetlands, estuaries, and oceans.

The main topics you will study include the evolution of life, the development of sedimentary basins, carbon sources and sinks, biogeochemical and geochemical fingerprinting of sedimentary processes/environments, and climate reconstruction.

You can choose one of four tracks based on your specific interests:

  • Integrated Stratigraphy & Sedimentary Systems

Dynamics of marine and continental sedimentary systems

  • Climate Reconstruction

The reconstruction of climate change through Earth's history

  • Biogeosciences & Evolution

The evolution and response of biota to perturbations in the environments

  • Biogeochemistry

Processes that control the elemental cycles at the Earth’s surface

Societal And Scientific Challenges

On this programme, you will learn state-of-the-art reconstruction methods, modelling techniques, and laboratory experiments used in a wide range of earth and beta science disciplines. These disciplines include biogeology, palaeontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, environmental geochemistry, organic geochemistry, hydrology, physical geography, geology, biology, climate dynamics, and palaeoceanography. You will utilise these skills in your own research project or on the traineeships you can take in preparation for an international career in applied or fundamental research.

The programme focuses on the following societal and scientific questions:

  • How does the Earth’s climate system respond to higher levels of atmospheric CO2?
  • How fast do ice sheets respond to global warming?
  • How are regional patterns of precipitation controlled by changes in monsoon strength or El Niño?
  • How resilient is the ocean to chemical perturbations?
  • How sensitive are ecosystems and biodiversity to environmental change?
  • How and when did life originate on Earth?
  • How are resources, such as fossil fuels and metal deposits, formed?

Accreditation

Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Dynamics Of Sedimentary Systems
  • Organic Geochemistry
  • Evolutionary Paleobiology And Proxies
  • Aquatic And Environmental Chemistry
  • Vertebrate Evolution (Tetrapods)
  • Microbes And Biogeochemistry
  • Field Research Instruction Geology
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

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The programme Earth, Life and Climate is open to students with a Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject (e.g. earth sciences, natural sciences, physics, chemistry, physical geography, civil or environmental engineering, applied mathematics).

Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 18201 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

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