• Application Deadline
  • 24 months


You are interested in interactions between humans and their natural environment, building on the notion that we depend on soils and landscapes for a wide range of ecosystem services (e.g., water and climate regulation, food provision, biodiversity). 

This specialisation allows you to gain in-depth understanding on patterns, processes and interactions in time and space between natural soil and landscape forming processes and human interventions.

During your MSc you learn to develop and apply innovative methods and tools (e.g. chronology, GIS, soil-landscape evolution models, and digital soil mapping) to advance the understanding of the processes that form and alter soils and landscapes, including the interactions between these processes in space and time. 

The Soil Geography and Earth Surface Dynamics from Wageningen University and Research uses an integrative approach from fieldwork to laboratory to modelling, that combines physical, biological and human elements to gain insight in past, present and future system dynamics. 

By combining system thinking with advanced technical skills you are well equipped to contribute to the development of novel practices to sustainably benefit from ecosystem services provided by soils and landscapes.

Examples of the work field

About half of the graduates of specialisation D starts with a job as advisor/specialist in relevant fields (e.g. soil, soil & subsurface, soil & water, archaeology, GIS), mostly at consultancy companies (e.g. Aequator, Arcadis, ESRI, RAAP, Sweco, Tauw, Witteveen&Bos) or research institutes (e.g. Deltares, WENR). About one quarter of graduates continues with PhD research, either at Wageningen or at another university (often abroad). While another quarter finds a job outside these categories (e.g. data specialist, teacher, policy advisor).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Interdisciplinary Topics in Earth and Earth and Environment
  • Environmental Data Collection and Analysis
  • Coastal Oceanography and Delta Geography
  • Inventory Techniques for Geosciences
  • Spatial and Temporal Analysis for Earth and Environment
  • Erosion Processes and Modelling
  • Nutrient Management
  • Field Training Geosciences

Detailed Programme Facts

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General Requirements

  • a BSc degree (or equivalent) in a field of science relevant to the programme selected;
  • 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

    18700 EUR/year
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    Based on the original amount of 18700 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2083 EUR/year
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    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
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