• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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.


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 allows you to explore and analyse patterns and processes at the earth surface that define and alter soils and landscapes. It uses an integrative approach from fieldwork to laboratory to modelling, that combines biophysical and human elements to gain insight in past, present and future system dynamics.  

The specialisation builds on the realization that humans have become the main driver of soil and landscape change, but that many human induced effects are unintentional and cause severe and unexpected problems. 

Hence, sustainable use of soil and landscape resources requires human activities to be aligned with natural processes and this requires thorough understanding of these processes and their interactions.

Future Career

MSc Earth and Environment graduates can continue their academic training as PhD student or start a career as a scientific professional at a university, research institute or consultancy agency. Depending on their specialisation, graduates may take up positions as meteorologists, hydrologists, water quality scientists or soil scientist.

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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    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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Academic 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

    13250 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13250 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    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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