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Are you up to the challenge of finding innovative methods and sustainable solutions to the threats facing the environment? The Environmental Sciences master's programme in Wageningen has its roots in the natural, technological and social sciences. Students will gain insight into the socio-economic causes and the characteristics of pollution and degradation of the natural environment, including the effects on human beings, the atmosphere, ecosystems and other organisms. This two-year programme is based on an interdisciplinary approach. Students learn to develop analytical tools and models, as well as technologies, socio-political arrangements and economic instruments to prevent and control environmental and sustainability issues.

Programme Environmental Sciences

The MSc programme Environmental Sciences runs annually in two sessions, one beginning in September, and one in February. It comprises 120 ECTS credits and takes two academic years to complete. The first year consists of 40 weeks of coursework; the second year consists of the academic internship (16 weeks) and thesis programme (24 weeks) as the core components of the master’s degree curriculum. Each of these elements is described in more detail below.

On the Programme of Environmental Sciences 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 and Compare Environmental Sciences to other master's programmes.

Thesis tracks

Within the master's programme you can choose from the following Thesis tracks 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

What are your possibilities after graduating? Read more about Career perspectives and opportunities after finishing the programme and Career preparation during your studies.


Visit the Environmental Sciences MSc page on the Wageningen University & Research website for more details!

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