• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
This Soil Geography and Earth Surface Dynamics specialisation at Wageningen University and Research allows you to explore the spatial and temporal processes that are active in soils, landscapes and the wider earth system. It uses an integrative approach that combines biophysical and human elements to gain insight in past, present and future system dynamics.

About

Understanding of soil patterns and landscape dynamics is needed to contribute to the development of alternative land use types that are sustainable and which preserve soil quality. At the same large scale, you develop a deeper understanding of land-atmosphere interactions, the impact of climate change on water and soil resources, adaptation strategies on climate change, and the role of society on these processes.

About the specialisation

Landscapes are dynamic systems: natural processes and the growth of the human population continuously and fundamentally change landscapes.

This Soil Geography and Earth Surface Dynamics specialisation offered at Wageningen University and Researchis characterized by a system approach to landscapes and the Earth System. You will study all components of the Earth System: solid earth, biosphere, atmosphere and oceans. You investigate the properties and processes of the complex Earth and Climate System, for example carbon or water cycles in the terrestrial, atmospheric compartments, and its anthropogenic components, focusing on their interaction and feedback. Or learning more about soil, what is a key-component of landscape structure and function It provides a number of essential ecosystem services such as food and fibre production, air quality, and water storage and purification. It is essential for all terrestrial life, both above and below ground.

You learn to develop innovative methods and tools which advance our understanding of these interactions, and help develop policies and strategic decision making processes in the field of climate, water, ecosystem services, sustainable soil management in a landscape context and the environment.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Interdisciplinary Topics in Earth and Earth and Environment
  • Environmental Data Collection and Analysis
  • Hydrology and Geology of Deltas
  • Inventory Techniques for Geosciences
  • Advanced GIS for Earth and Environment
  • Erosion Processes and Modelling
  • Nutrient Management
  • Field Training Geosciences
  • Academic Consultancy Training
  • Design of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies
  • Research Master Cluster: Academic Research Proposal Writing

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: If you wish to qualify for OKP the deadline is 15 January 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • A Bachelor degree in Earth Science (Geoscience), Physical Geography, Environmental Sciences, Biology (Ecology), Chemistry, Physics or Engineering are appropriate for admission to this programme. Furthermore, we expect you to have a good working knowledge of calculus and statistics as well as proficiency in the use of information technology.
  • have a Grade Point Average  for their BSc of at least 7 (or 70% of the maximum of the scale);
  • be fluent in English, both written and spoken;

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    18600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18600 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2083 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2083 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Wageningen

  • 700 - 800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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