Environment and Resource Management

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
16530 EUR/year
2143 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Master Environment and Resource Management (ERM) from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is designed to train the next generation of environmental decision-makers to work on the sustainability challenges of our time. Students learn to work towards finding solutions for societal problems related to natural resource depletion and environmental change.


The Environment and Resource Management (ERM) programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is highly international in character and is open for students from all disciplinary backgrounds, training them to bring in their disciplinary knowledge while co-operating in multidisciplinary teams. Students will become familiar with several key disciplines and learn to integrate different bodies of knowledge in a problem-oriented manner.

Students can determine their own focus by choosing a specialisation and further establish their own niche through the Master’s thesis. The specialisations have been selected to cover some of the most fundamental environmental problems of our time, notably the provision of sustainable energy and the sustainable governance of water, climate, and ecosystems.

You can choose from five specialisations:

  • Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity
  • Global Food Challenges
  • Global Water Challenges
  • Energy and Climate
  • Global Sustainable Futures

Career prospects

  • There is a growing need for versatile, all-round environmental experts who can analyze and develop solutions for local national and global sustainability challenges. 
  • By now, more than 1,000 students have received their Master’s degree in Environment and Resource Management from VU Amsterdam. 
  • Many of our alumni have embarked on exciting sustainability careers as consultants, NGO leaders, entrepreneurs, ministry officials or international civil servants. Some of our students continue in academia by starting a PhD. 

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 included:

  • Sustainable Energy Challenges
  • Energy and Climate Governance
  • Value of Ecosystem Services
  • Governance of Ecosystem Services
  • Sustainable Energy Challenges
  • Value of Ecosystem Services
  • Water Management
  • Energy and Climate Governance
  • Governance of Ecosystem Services
  • Water Governance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • EU/EEA or Dutch students: 1 June
    • Non-EU/EEA students who do not need a study visa and/or a residence permit: 1 June
    • Students who need a study visa and/or a residence permit: 1 April.






On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Average grade for the bachelor should be at least a 7.0 or equivalent (A bachelor thesis or writing sample can be requested if necessary to confirm quality); 
  • Affinity with environmental sciences or sustainability, proven by previous study program, courses, thesis or relevant (volunteer) work experience, expressed in a motivation statement or curriculum vitae; 
  • ERM requirements for English language proficiency, including sufficient scores for each test component; 
  • Strong motivation statement addressing:     

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16530 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16530 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.


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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