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M.Sc. On Campus

Soil Geography and Earth Surface Dynamics

Wageningen University and Research

24 months
17616 EUR/year
1084 EUR/year
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This Soil Geography and Earth Surface Dynamics programme from Wageningen University and Research will allow you to develop yourself as a specialist in soil geography and earth surface dynamics.

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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 Soil Geography and Earth Surface Dynamics programme from Wageningen University and Research , 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 specialisation 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

Within the specialisation you can choose between suggested learning paths focussing on:

  • Soil Geography and Data Science
  • Earth Surface Dynamics
  • Sustainable Land Use

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Sept: Application via Studielink will open in October


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

Students who wish to enrol for the master's Earth and Environment must meet the general admission requirements for all master's programmes at Wageningen University and the specific conditions for the Earth and Environment programme. The general requirements are:

  • a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a field of science relevant to the programme selected;
  • a sufficient Grade Point Average for the bachelor’s;
  • fluency in English, both written and spoken;

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17616 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17616 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 Wageningen

700 - 800 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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