24 months
15500 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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If you want to help create sustainable solutions to challenges caused by major changes in the Earth’s geological and ecological systems through sound interdisciplinary research, the specialisation Earth Sciences - Global Environmental Change And Policy MSc programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is for you.

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Humanity has entered the Anthropocene, a new period in Earth history characterised by the unprecedented impacts of human activities on the Earth’s systems; this specialisation addresses those impacts. As well as understanding the Earth System, you will analyse the broader social, political and economic aspects of global environmental change.

In the first year you will study Earth Sciences, Environmental Economics and Environmental Policy and Governance, exploring integrated approaches to solving global sustainability challenges. You will also learn methods of interdisciplinary research, including fieldwork. Earth Sciences - Global Environmental Change And Policy MSc programme is offered at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam .

Career Prospects

At the end of the programme, you will have acquired a sound knowledge of sustainability-related Earth Sciences knowledge, combined with the additional perspectives of economics and governance. This unique combination will enable you to pursue advanced careers in research, consultancy, international organizations and companies, and governments. Graduates will also qualify for national and international sustainability PhD programmes.

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Tenerife fieldwork
  • Land-use Change and Ecosystems
  • Climate Impacts and Policy 
  • Advanced Spatial Analysis
  • Methods for Environment and Resource Management 
  • Designing Interdisciplinary Research 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The Earth Sciences programme is open to both Dutch and international students. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.

  • In order to gain admission to one of our Master’s programmes, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15500 EUR/year
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  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
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