M.Sc. On Campus

Earth Sciences

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

24 months
14236 EUR/year
1084 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Understanding how planet Earth works is important for everyone. That is what the Earth Sciences MSc programme offered at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is all about. 


VU Amsterdam offers you a wide range of specialisations that will help you become a geoscientist who is aware of the complexity of the Earth’s inner and outer environment.

The international diversity of faculty members and students involved in Earth Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam make it a truly international Master’s programme. The Earth Sciences MSc programme offered at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a programme in which the past present and future of our planet is the subject of our study. 

VU Amsterdam is renowned for combining Earth Sciences specialisations with other subject areas. Earth Sciences is part of  the Faculty of Science, together with Mathematics and Informatics, Physics, Chemistry,  Biology, and Environmental Sciences. When studying Earth Sciences you can choose to become a broadly trained Earth scientist or focus on one of the streams offered within the three specialisations. 

The Earth Sciences Master’s programme is divided in three main specialisations: 

  • Earth Surface Processes, Climate and Records
  • Geology and Geochemistry
  • Global Environmental Change and Policy

All these specialisations start with a series of compulsory courses that provide you with a solid basis. This basis is used to further specialise, but selecting one specialisation does not mean that you are restricted to just that one subject. You have the option of exploring every aspect of one specific area in great detail if you want to, but you are also free to choose your own subjects for up to a quarter of the required credits.  

Career prospects

After the doctoral or master degree programmes, there are opportunities to continue your educational career in a number of PhD programmes at the Vrije Universiteit, organised within a number of research schools:

  • Inter University Centre for Geo-ecological Research (ICG);
  • Netherlands Research School for the Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment (SENSE);
  • Research School Sedimentary Geology (NSG);
  • Integrated Solid Earth Sciences (ISES). 

Promotion alumni sessions Master’s day

During the Master’s day, you can also meet our (international) alumni during several workshops. In these sessions they will tell you more about career opportunities after finishing your Master’s degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Sedimentary Basins
  • Tectonic Geomorphology 
  • Field excursion
  • Time series analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The next VU Online Master's Event will take place on Saturday 5 March.


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. 
  • at least 6 ECTS in Earth Sciences at the end of the 3rd year
  • at least 6 ECTS in Environmental Sciences or Sustainability Sciences at the end of the 1st year
  • Create an enrollment application in Studielink
  • Complete your application in Vuweb
  • Pay the application fee (€100)
  • Copy of your valid passport or ID
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 1 or 2 Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Intent (Letter of Motivation)
  • Diploma(s): A copy of the original Bachelor's degree or certificate.
  • Transcript of records
  • Thesis (or alternative piece of academic writing)
  • A description of the relevant courses followed and literature used during your previous higher education

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14236 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14236 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1084 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1084 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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