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Are you interested in working on solutions for environmental issues like water scarcity and quality, soil degradation, food supply, loss of biodiversity, vulnerability to severe weather and climate change? Join the master's Earth & Environment in Wageningen to help the next generations of scientists to find solutions for these issues confronting the way we look after our planet, now and in the future!

Programme Earth and Environment

The MSc Earth and Environment is a two year programme. The first year consists mostly of coursework. In the second year you work on your MSc thesis (26 weeks) and you will do an internship (16 weeks). The four specialisations of the programme present you the opportunity to tailor your personal programme to your own interests, knowledge and skills.

Your tailor-made master's programme

The total programme of the MSc Earth and Environment is 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). In the first year (60 ECTS), you take a number of compulsory courses (CS), restricted optional subjects (RO) and optional subjects (O). The second year (60 ECTS) consists of a MSc Thesis (36 ECTS) and an Internship (24 ECTS).

Everyone starts the MSc Earth and Environment with two compulsory courses: ‘Interdisciplinary Topics in Earth and Environment’ and ‘Environmental Data Collection and Analysis’ (8 weeks). After this first period you will take courses from your chosen specialisation, free choice courses and choose one from three Academic Master Cluster courses. You decide on your personal programme together with your study adviser.


The MSc Earth and Environment has four specialisations:

  1. Hydrology and Water Resources
  2. Meteorology and Air Quality
  3. Biology and Chemistry of Soil and Water
  4. Soil Geography and Earth Surface Dynamics

Each specialisation has its own restricted optional courses that train you to become an expert in that field. During your free choice you can decide to follow more courses from your specialisation, but you can also follow courses from the other specialisations or even other master’s programmes. The free choice credits therefore help you the develop yourself optimally in the subjects of your interest. For more information on the specialisations and their schedules, please click the following link.

On the Programme of Earth and Environment page you can find the general outline of the programme and more detailed information about courses, theses and internships. You can also read more about the Background of the programme.


There are other similar master's programmes, but this is the only one that investigates environmental problems with a focus on the relationship between soil, water and atmosphere. Compare this study programme with similar programmes from Wageningen Univeristy & Research and other univeristies.


Within the master's programme you can choose one of the following Specialisations to meet your personal interests.

Student experiences

The best way to get to know a place is by getting to know the people. Students share their experiences with you about the master's programme and student life in Wageningen on the page Student experiences.

Future career

MSc Earth and Environment graduates can continue their academic training as PhD student or start a career as a scientific professional at a university, research institute or consultancy agency. Depending on their specialisation, graduates may take up positions as meteorologists, hydrologists, water quality scientists or soil scientist.

Read more about Career perspectives and opportunities after finishing the programme.

Visit the Earth and Environment MSc page on the Wageningen University & Research website for more details!





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